In Need of Spinal Surgery (Real Madrid 5 – FC Basel 1)

AS called it ‘European Therapy’, I on the other hand, think that the work which needs to be done ought to be something more along the lines of surgery. It’s been 5 hours and I still can’t make up my mind: Did Real Madrid’s 5-1 win over Basel last night set a roadmap to recovery? Or was it a smoke and mirrors magic trick to deceive us into thinking that Real Madrid are not in crisis? . Either way, it’s hard to imagine that Real Madrid raised La Decima only 7 (official matches ago). That beautifully fateful night in Lisbon seemed like it was a long time ago in light of the ‘crisis’ the club seems to be in at the moment (3 points from 3 La Liga games). . In any case, I will leave it to others to decide / judge on whether Real Madrid are in crisis. What is clear to me however is that this season seems to be following the same pattern as last season: that the Real Madrid starts by beating ‘easier’ opponents (Cordoba, Basel, a Rakitic-less Sevilla) out of the sheer quality but suffers against tough, clever opponents who are unafraid to stand up to us. Last season, it was only in October, with the return of More >

Merengue Bites 2014-15 Episode 7 – Derbi Defeat

Kaushik, Rahul and guest podcaster Albert review Real Madrid’s disappointing derby reverse at home to Atletico Madrid. The panel scrutinizes individual player performances, surmises on tactical matters and look forward to Real Madrid’s games against Basel in the Champions League and Villarreal in La Liga. As always, the guys also answer a wide variety of listener questions addressing topics as varied as why Illarramendi and Varane are always on the bench to which coach’s daughter they wouldn’t dare date…

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El Derbi Madrileño – The obstacle between a statement and crisis

I’ve started to grow fond of international breaks, quite unlike say two years ago, at which time I hated time off from club football. Perhaps it is because there’s a bit of football fatigue, or maybe it was just a subconscious feeling of brushing away some of the doubts created by the loss to Real Sociedad before the players broke for international duty. If it was the latter, there isn’t a trickier match to come back to than the derbi madrileño. Real Madrid takes on league champions Atletico in the Bernabeu on Saturday at 8 PM local time in a match that comes much too early in the season for both teams, more so, for Real Madrid.


Merengue Bites 2014-15 Episode 6 – Champions League preview

From India, Singapore, Canada and France, your humble global Madridista podcasters Kaushik, Mark, Rahul and Ryan join forces to discuss the Champions League draw and its implications not just for Real Madrid’s campaign but that of other teams as well.

We also discuss a wide variety of issues including Florentino Perez’s impact on Real Madrid and his war of words with Angel Di Maria, CR7′s future at the club and which WAGs we crush on!

As always, thanks for your excellent questions and comments — do keep those coming! Until then, subscribe to Merengue Bites on iTunes or access it via the Soundcloud player below. HALA MADRID!!