No Cristiano Ronaldo, no Marcelo, no Alvaro Arbeloa, no Jese Rodriguez, no Sami Khedira.
Surely, it was time for heroes to step up—and Gareth Bale did.
His 84th minute goal, outpacing Barcelona defender Marc Bartra (who scored the equalizer to Angel di Maria’s opener), was the clearest display of the Welshman’s value to this Madrid team.
Not only that, but Real Madrid truly outplayed and outclassed Barcelona tonight. This was truly a well-deserved win.
If only I could be in Cibeles right now.
(Now to wait and see if Sergio drops the cup from the top of the bus.)