Xerez vs Madrid: A perfect connection

February 14, 2010 at 9:21 am | Posted in La Liga | 2 Comments
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It was not the best match and for many reasons. One, is due to Madrid’s over confidence in easily beating Xerez. This was not the case. Second, the fact that all week all the press and the club could talk about was the Atleti vs. Barca match, and how great it would be if los colchoneros could give us a hand. Again more focus could have gone to what we had on our table. Finally, and least important, was the condition of the pitch. It was horrible and it indeed did benefit Xerez in the first hour. All of this and Gorosito’s motivated and well positioned team led for ‘los blancos’ to suffer more than necessary.

It is important to highlight the great job done in the first half by the humble Xerez, who dominated the first half and pushed forward to create chances that left Madrid looking uncomfortable. The only firepower offered by Madrid was through Ronaldo who shot one wide and his header hit the crossbar. The Portuguese was sending out a warning while Xerez kept throwing away any good chances of goal they might have had.

Unfortunately for Xerez their legs just could not give more in the second and were run ragged by Madrid, who fired countless hits to the area protected by Renan. The locals tried their best to keep the goals from coming but Arbeloa, out of all people, managed to crack that stone wall. Completely out of his postion, Arbeloa caught Xerez by surprise when Xabi slipped a through ball to leave him face to face with Renan. A man that is not known for scoring ever was the one to give Madrid the lead and the tools to finish knocking down that damn wall.

Soon after Arbeloa’s goal, the show of Kaka and Ronaldo was able to start. The first opening act of their bromance came with Kaka who sent in a deadly cross for Ronaldo to head in into the deep corner of the net. However, these two were not ready to bring the curtain down as they once again combined for Ronaldo to score his double and make it a definitive 0-3. A great comeback to CR9, who is showing machine like numbers with 17 goals in 17 games! Un crack!

After the quick shower of goals, Pellegrini brought in the changes with Raul, Diarra, and Drenthe coming in. Sadly no Van der Vaart and no canteranos, but what matters most is that we temporarily cut down Barca’s advantage to just two points. Now we wait to see what happens at El Calderon, and also begin to place our focus on Lyon (they beat Lens 1-0 in the French League).

*Extra Merengue:

Luis Molowny, one of Madrid’s all time legends died on Friday at the age of 84. He dedicated his whole life to Madrid, first as a player for ten years, then as coach, and finally as Madrid’s sporting director. One of Madrid’s first idols, will continue to represent the spirit of Madrid. ‘Mangas’, this victory was for you… descanse en paz.

via Marca



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  1. It was not great to watch, but I don’t think it needed to be. However the game provided a final opportunity to Lass to stake his claim to remain in the starting lineup and according to me failed miserably. The once “firm” combination of Lass-Alonso is clearly not working at the moment and we need to put Guti back in that midfield with VDV or even Mahamadou as better options.

    R.I.P Luis Molowny.

    • I agree. I am a huge admirer of Lass, but have never agreed to always using the ‘doble pivot’. In Jerez, I think the ideal midfield would have been for Xabi to be alone roaming free with our creative players Kaka, Granero, and or Guti/Van der Vaart just a line ahead of him. You saw how hard it was to break that defense? With the likes of Guti, the scoreline would have been different. But I want to believe that Pellegrini put Lass in and not VDV because he was saving him for the match against Lyon.
      However, I have to defend Lass because he has been a very important player and continues to be. So the way I see it is that Madrid at times will have to use one or the other type of formation depending on the game and the conditions. Its always good having one more trick up your sleeve.
      thanks for the comment!

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