This week, the panel reviews the admittedly few talking points from Real Madrid’s regulation 3-0 home win over Levante. We also discuss how best to handle the right-back situation what with Arbeloa being out injured and Carvajal picking up a knock, try to define Ancelotti’s tactical plan B and debate over whether Isco can play a significant role in the remainder of the season. Also, would we be satisfied if we won the Liga title without beating Barca along the way? All that and more in Episode 7 of Merengue Bites.
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Mark and Rahul look back on a frantic Madrid derby that resulted in a 2-2 draw and plenty of talking points and controversy. We also discuss how long Jese may find himself out of the starting XI, the Morata-Arsenal rumours and our realistic expectations for the season after the high of league leadership and the Schalke thrashing and the disappointment of the 2-2 draw at Atletico Madrid. Also, Mark goes totally left-field with an #RMFBManCrush selection that has disappointed many hardcore Madridistas… listen on to find out more!
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Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid La Liga BBVA Vicente Calderon, Madrid 17:00 CET
After traveling to Gelsenkirchen, hitting hapless Schalke for six and doing their best to make up for 25 years of underachievement on German soil, Real Madrid now return to domestic action with a short bus ride across town to the Vicente Calderon to take on Atletico Madrid.
Unbeaten in a ridiculous 27 games and holding sole leadership of La Liga for the first time since May 2012, Los Merengues have caught a raging wind in their sails and are flying high. A win over Atletico Madrid would take them 6 points ahead of one of their two direct title rival. It’s what they call a six-pointer over in England.
However, Real Madrid would do well to be weary against a wounded Atletico Madrid who have come down to earth in recent weeks and will be itching to get their title challenge back on track. Los Colchoneros managed a 1-0 win in the Bernabeu earlier in the season, and will cherish the opportunity to beat their hated rivals for the second time in a La Liga season.
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.I am still stunned in a really beautiful way following what I just saw a few hours ago. Last night / early this morning, Real Madrid completely annihilated Schalke 04. The score was 1-6 with our front 3, the BBC (Bale, Benzema, Cristiano), each scoring twice. In all my years as a Real Madrid supporter, this was the greatest ever performance I have ever seen the team play away from home in a Champions League elimination tie. I say that in consideration of the nature of the opponent and the manner by which the team won. Someone had remarked ‘Schalke 0-4’ rather cleverly on twitter last night, with the scoreline at 0-4. I instantly thought to myself ‘that’d be a great title for my blog post for the match.’ Schalke 0-5 worked too, so did Schalke 0-6. But at 1-6 (with Schalke’s superb consolation goal coming from ex-Real Madrid player Huntelaar), and thinking about the fact that the scorelie could have easily been 1-11, I decided to go for: ‘Annihilation’. . With respect to other European Leagues, Schalke are not some team from a second / third-rate European league, whose players More >