Olimpic de Xativa 0-0 Real Madrid
La Murta Stadium, Xativa
Real Madrid traveled to the province of Valencia to take on 3rd division side Xativa in a game that was never going to be a spectacle. When the draw was made, Xativa’s fans would’ve been aware that they wouldn’t see many of Real Madrid’s stars due to Ronaldo’s suspension, Bale being due a rest and the fact that it was a 1st leg, and Real Madrid would use it as an opportunity to rest their big guns.
However, the home fans still enjoyed seeing some legends of Spanish football like Casillas and Ramos as well as Spain’s next big thing Isco, who would provide for me the most notable moment of the game barring Angel Di Maria’s scowl (more on both those later).
They also went home proud of their team for their fighting performance and an excellent 0-0 result against a second-string Real Madrid that lacked imagination and drive, with nobody able to step up and help the team get a victory. While the 2nd leg at the Bernabeu is still to come, it is quite certain to end in a Real Madrid victory so most of the Xativa players will look back More >
- Real Madrid qualified in first place to the Champions League knockout phase in style after a thumping 4-1 win over Galatasaray even though we had to play a majority of the match with 10 men. This gives us a chance to use the 6th and final group game as a testing ground, as a way to not risk those who are a card away from suspension, for rotation etc. It also gives us a brief bit of relief that we will only play a lower seeded team in the Round of 16.
- Once again a 4-2-3-1 was used with Xabi given a break. Illarramendi and Casemiro had to lineup, owing to the fact that Modric was suspended. It was an interesting combo, as Casemiro impressed yet again. He has a unique style which I have very much come to enjoy. He is not afraid to make a strong tackle and even though at times technically lacking, he isn’t afraid to make incisive passes. Illarramendi on the other hand was his usual calm playmaking self. I really love how calm and composed he is on the ball. He is still a bit green tactically, but he is also very young. Under the More >
I didn’t think this day would come. Especially after the peak of the Mourinho era, where we had Clasicos as often as we had Sundays. Things have changed though. I have a feeling, which I haven’t had since I waited for that day in November of 2010 which shall never be mentioned again. Yes indeed, it is time for El Clasico again. The first one in almost 8 months. An El Clasico with two coaches who have never been part of one, and one where the circumstances of the two teams involved are so very different from what it was the last time they met.Tweet