La Review: Bale bears the brunt, Valencia go all Atlético, Villarreal give up

And so it's all over. At least for a couple of weeks anyway, when there could well be a couple more Clásicos on the horizon if PSG and Atlético Madrid oblige accordingly in the Champions League. Once again, El Clásico was an enormous amount of fun. It even had bouts of fisticuffs that made even LLL all nostalgic for the good old days of Mourinho vs Pep at their niggliest.

Although Barcelona defeated a tiring Real Madrid, whose engine room of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric had spluttered to a halt, there were enough crumbs of comfort to keep the pressure off Carlo Ancelotti. One of those is that if the two teams end up tied at the top, then Madrid will come out with a superior head-to-head record – quite a handy tool to keep in the sack.

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