Real Madrid and Barcelona Players have reportedly been kept apart in the Spain camp to prevent growing unrest. The Spanish giants went head-to-head just before the international break with the Catalon giants coming out victorious in injury time via Franck Kessie's goal which sent them 12 points clear at the top of the La Liga table.
El Clasico is one of the fiercest rivalries in world football with Barcelona and Real Madrid regularly in direct competition for trophies. The two clubs faced each other for the fourth time in all competitions this weekend and the Blaugrana came out on top thanks to a late winner from Franck Kessie.
The encounter was passionately fought as you would expect but it could have repercussions for Spain in the coming days. Barcelona midfielder angered some of his international team-mates with his actions during the match, most notably for barging Dani Ceballos off the ball in the latter stages.
Now, El Chiringuito reports that Barcelona and Real Madrid have been kept apart during training sessions to allow tensions to cool. Footage from training shows Players from either team in separate groups with Gavi and Alejandro Balde together while Ceballos, Nacho and Dani Carvajal stood elsewhere.
Spain face two of their toughest qualifying tests in the coming week, hosting Norway on Saturday before a trip to Hampden to face Scotland. They are the first games of new manager Luis de la Fuente’s tenure after he replaced Luis Enrique in the aftermath of the World Cup.
It remains to be seen what impact Sunday’s Clasico will have on Spain’s performances over the break with Madrid Players likely to be bitterly disappointed by how the game played out. Barcelona now hold a comfortable lead at the top of the table but boss Xavi was keen to play down suggestions that the result as good as sealed the title.
“The league is not decided but it’s a huge win of course,”he said. “There are 12 games left, we don’t feel like champions yet. I think we deserved the win and we were better than Real Madrid, we created more chances. It’s a step forward and I’m very happy for the Players.
“We’re having an extraordinary league season. Our Players suffer and I’m very proud of how they play, how life is going for them. You have to value them. We were the better team, we dominated and generated better chances. I am very satisfied.”