The draw for the Champions League took place today, with Real getting screwed by being put in a group containing three league champions in Borussia Dortmund, Ajax and Manchester City scariest of all. While Ajax has become a familiar foe in the group stages in recent years, and has been dispatched fairly easily, the prospect of competing with Man City for top spot is a little nerve racking and the thought of needing to take points from a trip to Manchester or the Wesfallenstadion seems daunting, especially given our early season form. But this is the Champions League, where the best teams compete and as Rick Flair once said, “If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best WWWWWOOOOOO!!!!!!”. Should serve up some great games for the neutral fan, and given FSC’s proclivity for showing EPL teams in their Champions League games we should get to see at least two Real Madrid games live here in the states this year; a huge plus given the lack of La Liga on most airwaves outside of Europe this year. Below is the draw for the Champions League, give me your thoughts on our draw, or any other teams More >
Sorry for the lateness. Here’s to Madrid turning things around at home for the home fans and claiming the first trophy of the campaign.
Squad List: Casillas, Adán y Jesús Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo, Albiol, Arbeloa, Varane y Nacho Özil, Modric, Kaká, Xabi Alonso, Granero, Khedira, Lass, Callejón y Di María Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Higuaín y Morata
My wife and I have started to teach our 15-month old son the nursery rhymes: “The wheels on the bus go…. Round and round (3x)… The wheels on the bus go round and round all through the town…” . With this tune stuck in my mind, I found myself singing to it with a new set of words in the wake of last night’s stinker vs. Getafe (with an ironic, sarcastic and creepy twist): “The Alarm Bells in Madrid are going… Ring, Ring, Ring (3x)… The Alarm Bells in Madrid are going Ring, Ring, Ring – all through the club…” . 3 matches, 0 wins. 2 La Liga matches – both with goals to lead the match scored in the first half by Higuain and assisted by Di Maria – both with goals conceded in the second half off dead ball situations. The similarities are as alarming as they are damning. Real Madrid looked sloppy, lacking sharpness/freshness and most disturbing of all: bereft of ideas. What the hell is going on? . The More >
Today Real travels to Getafe in hopes of turning around what some say has been a rough start to the 2012/13 campaign. The Coliseum Alfonso Perez has been a relatively tricky venue for the Whites, although in the last seven meetings Madrid have come out victorious in all seven matches. I expect Mou to change the lineup a tiny bit to compensate for the Super Copa, but the regular stars to feature all at some point or another. Here’s to the Whites getting their first victory of the season away from from. Hala Madrid!
And again as was the case in midweek, we are currently without CoverItLive so we are going to have to resort to using Disqus to post and comment on the match.
Squad List: Casillas, Adán y Jesús Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Coentrão, Albiol, Arbeloa y Varane Özil, Xabi Alonso, Granero, Khedira, Lass, Callejón y Di María Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Higuaín y Morata