Today Madrid travel to the Iberostar to take on eighth place Mallorca. Mourinho still has issues at defense, with Marcelo, Coentrao, and Arbeloa all out. (more…)
Real Madrid do not have an impressive record against German teams, especially in Germany. The bug has bitten Mark as well, so no review from him. I jest, I jest, but you will have to do with a make shift review from me. But since you were ok with substandard quality from Real Madrid last night, you should have no issues with a review that isn’t the normal top notch as well Back to the football then. I had been looking forward to the match with a view that Dortmund was always going to be our toughest opponent in this group of death. The German champions, as you may have read in Corey’s preview, have been going from strength to strength in recent times and were always going to pose problems to us. Both teams were expected to lineup with makeshift teams due to injuries but the team Dortmund put out was near full strength. Tactically, the teams looked the same shape, playing to their strengths that is the 4-2-3-1. It was set up to be head to head straight up match of two of the best counter attacking teams in the continent. Here are a few thoughts on how More >
Real Madrid travels to Germany to take on Borussia Dortmund in one of the most important games of the season for both teams. Dortmund come in to the match in some what inconsistent form, having just lost in the Rivier derby to Schalke 04 2-1, as well as having drawn on the road to Hannover 96 before the international break. Dortmund have had better luck in the Champions League though, with a win against Ajax and a very credibly draw (an almost scandalous one at that) against Manchester City. Real on the other hand has gone from strength to strength since the first few weeks of the season, and after a very encouraging run of wins and a great draw at the Nou Camp, the international break managed to kill the momentum with a series of injuries. A rather dull 2-0 win against Celta Vigo in the Bernabeu on Saturday may be a positive result to take in to the midweek, but it was a forgone conclusion to be honest. (more…)
How bizarre is it that Nomz visits my part of the world and he is the one who subjects me to his wonderful hospitality. Over the course of the past week, I had the privilege to meet up with Nomz and some of his friends (some of whom were Cules) to enjoy wonderful food, booze and conversations that ranged from Real Madrid’s injuries in defense all the way to the evolution of humanity and the God Particle. And since I personally found last Saturday’s match vs. Celta Vigo to be ‘meh’, I think I’d like to use this post to relate and react to many of what I found to be sensible talking points from the last post as a platform to discuss my thoughts on the Celta match, as well as to create a contrast between such sensible talking points raised and the rubbish that’s been accumulating in RMFB’s comments section.
Of Crabs, Full Stomachs and Congested Centers.
Over a dinner that consisted of squid, prawns, duck, and approx. 7.5 kilos of Alaskan Crabs, Nomz, his friends and I pondered the defensive losses Real Madrid had suffered as a result of the “FIFA Virus”. I enjoyed those crabs (done 2 ways: More >