Bah! Those Germans! We still can’t beat them and I’m worried sick about the prospect of meeting a German Side once the group stages are over. Bayern, our European Bette Noir, are sure to bash through beyond the group stages while rivals Schalke and Dortmund who both managed draws (against Arsenal and us respectively) remain group leaders. Real Madrid fans need not hang their heads (too much) in disappointment. Like many of you, I expected a win and not a draw or even a possible loss. And now that I am writing about the match 4 hours after the match has ended, having allowed some of the emotion to drain away, looking back at the match with a higher level of rationality allows me to conclude that it wasn’t too bad of an outcome considering the circumstances and that though we looked like a second-class side in the first half, the boys redeemed themselves in the second half.
The First Half – Mirror Image Games
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Another Real Madrid match, another goalfest – a 0-5 win against Mallorca last weekend, a 1-4 win against 3rd division Alcoyano midweek and now a 4-0 win at home vs. Real Zaragoza. It really does seem like the team is snapping back into gear, right? NOT! Let’s not be deceived by the score-line folks as the proof is always in the play, and not in the scoreline. Let’s also be honest about it: the 4-0 scoreline was not a fair reflection of what transpired on the pitch out there last night.
Last night, Real Madrid continued to soldier on with its makeshift lineup. Alvaro Arbeloa did return earlier than expected from his injury (he was expected to be gone for a month) and he slotted in at left back – freeing up Michael Essien to join Luka Modric at the center of midfield. Arbeloa’s return was just as nice too, given that Xabi Alonso was suspended for last night’s match. The pairing of Modric with Essien then More >
Today Madrid plays host to ninth placed Real Zaragoza and hope to notch their sixth straight victory at the Santiago Bernabéu. Arbeloa makes his return to the squad list after suffering an injury while on international duty and will hopefully add some stability to back four. (more…)
Mallorca 0 – RealMadrid 5. A brace each from Pipita and Ronaldo with Callejon grabbing a late goal as a sub – Now that’s a scoreline from last season’s Real Madrid! The funny thing about last night however was the lineup didn’t function like the Real Madrid of last season: there was no dynamic duo (Ronaldo + Marcelo) on the left side tearing up Mallorca’s right flank and no German Tank in the midfield tearing their attacks apart and subtly knocking cracks onto their defense (Khedira).
Losing Automation and some answers to Critics
If there is one lesson Madridisimo has learned over the past 2 matches (the 2-0 win vs. Celta and 2-1 loss to Borussia), it’s that the team suffers from a lack of ‘automation’ not just when key players are missing, but also when supposedly ‘secondary’ players go missing. In fact, I’d argue that it is from the team’s ‘supporting cast’ where the seemingly automated playing system comes from – the very platform on which the likes of Ronaldo conduct their attacking show.
Anti-Madridista critics (many of them Cules) might be smirking at us at the moment telling us ‘well now you know what it’s like!’ over our fullback department becoming More >