BARCELONA — Barcelona ran riot in the Clasico on Sunday as Luis Suarez scored the hat-trick that will surely spell the end of Julen Lopetegui’s time as Real Madrid coach.
Barcelona were 5-1 winners, dominant at Camp Nou for all-but a 15-minute period after half-time when the otherwise hapless Madrid briefly threatened a comeback.
All the failures that have underlined their recent problems under Lopetegui were on show here, poor finishing, dreadful defending and key players performing well below par, let alone at their best.
There was also some bad luck, as Luka Modric hit the post at 2-1, while Suarez’s second was a penalty, awarded only after consultation with the Video Assistant Referee.
Philippe Coutinho had scored the first and Arturo Vidal finished a late flurry but in between the game belonged to Suarez, who terrorized Madrid and made light of Lionel Messi’s injury-enforced absence.
“We have to be proud of having the best player in the world,” Suarez said. “But we have shown that we are a great team and that we have a great coach too.”