LONDON — These are surreal times in Spain. Barcelona and Real Madrid ran in nine goals between them against opponents they are expected to beat nine times out of 10.
Lionel Messi scored three times in Barcelona’s 4-0 home win over Granada on Saturday afternoon. By late evening, Gareth Bale had also scored a hat trick, as Madrid disposed of Deportivo de La Coruña, 5-0.
The superstars shine, the hapless are vanquished. And the name on everyone’s lips? Zinedine Zidane.
The briskest trade at Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu Stadium was for merchandise with Zidane’s name printed on the back. The old player, new coach and messiah — Zidane — is back.
The man himself wore a shiny blue suit….