There was a time under Pep Guardiola when watching Barcelona was closer to art than sport.
The ball would zip from Andres Iniesta to Xavi to Lionel Messi as if they were all attached by a piece of string.
But those days are long gone. Real Madrid are the new kings of passing, as they proved with Casemiro’s goal against Deportivo La Coruna.
(Goal starts at 0.43)
While the goal- a tap in from all of four yards out- might have looked unspectacular, the move that proceeded it was anything but.
The ball started with goalkeeper Keylor Navas in Madrid’s box and ended up in the back of the net, via the foot of Casemiro, after 44 passes.
It was the longest passing move leading to a goal since the 2005/06 season.
Even Barcelona under Pep weren’t able to put together such a move.
Casemiro’s goal was sandwiched between strikes from Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos, giving Madrid a perfect start to their La Liga campaign.
Not even the obligatory Sergio Ramos red card threw Zinedine Zidane’s side off course.
Ramos’ red was the 24th of his career and his 18th in La Liga, meaning the next time he gets sent off he’ll be a record holder.
As if he needed more encouragement.
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