A 5-1 Victory at the Santiago Bernabeu: Real Madrid played their now-familiar brand of ‘Formula 1’ football while Cristiano Ronaldo netted his first hat trick of the season to bring him even with Messi in the La Liga scoring charts. The familiar feeling I am enjoying at the moment (brought about by a Madrid win) is very similar to the comforting, energizing and feel-good buzz that my weekday morning coffee gives me. I feel soothed and prepped for the day’s challenges and feel that somehow the world is in order. I’m pretty sure that this is how many Madridistas feel today.
What’s notable however is that despite the ‘familiar’ result to last night’s game, Mourinho actually ringed in quite a few changes. These changes were likely made with 2 main things in mind:
1.) Squad rotation to prep the squad for the ‘big’ matches coming up, namely our next Champions League ‘Group of Death’ match at Amsterdam vs. Ajax and of course the El Clasico next weekend (which can see us cut down Barca’s daunting lead down to 5, see it remain at 8 or worst: see it swell to 11 points).
2.) A continuation of Mourinho’s shakeup of the team by rattling More >
Today the Whites re-welcome Deportivo to the Bernabeu after the men from the Riazor spent a season in the Segunda. (more…)
Real Madrid hosts Deportivo La Coruna after their short absence from the top flight on Sunday. This match comes off the back of the debacle of a rescheduled game at Vallecas (a strong showing none the less) and a real thumping of Millinairos in the Santiago Bernabeu Trophy on Wednesday. After an uncertain start to the season it now appears that Mourinho has steadied the ship with three wins and will be looking to get another three points against a decent if unspectacular Deportivo team. There will also be one eye on the Barcelona vs. Sevilla match, which could cut down the lead Barca have a tad going in to next week’s Clasico. To say I am pumped for that is an understatement; I have two friends visiting and one lived in Motril for a year and is a huge Madridista. If anyone lives in Denver, join me at Three Lions Pub next Sunday, I will get in to that more next week. (more…)
Mark decided to take a little bit of a breather from the reviews for just this game. Unfortunately for us, Mark has set the bar too high for me to try and live up to his standards. Add to that the rustiness of haven’t made a review in a while (my reviews usually include ratings, and I have a feeling Boeder will disagree with all of them, so I’ll save everyone the trouble), I’ll stick to a different format. So Real Madrid finally took on Rayo Vallecano on Monday. Last season, RM needed a miracle back heel from Ronaldo to beat Rayo 1-0 away from home, after a very tough game. Hopes for this being an easier game were not to be fulfilled. But here is what we learnt from this game: