Vikingo News!: More on Lyon…

February 17, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Posted in Champions League, Vikingo News! | 4 Comments
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Well after sleeping off the nightmare that was the Champions League, it all begins to settle in and after watching the game now three more times plus all the highlights it all becomes clearer to me. Señores, it does not look good at all and the pain may even get worst. Anyway, there is still some time left to analyze more of the game and what’s to come in the return leg later, so let us look at the aftermath after the destruction in Gerland.

  • The players are responsible! According to Arbeloa in today’s press conference, the players offered one of the worse games of the season and that Lyon were by far superior to them. Although much of the press has blasted Pellegrini for his tactical scheme, Arbeloa shrugged that to the side and insisted that if anyone was responsible for yesterday’s poor game it was the 11 players on the field. Nonetheless, he is optimistic that it all can be turned around.

“The tie however is wide open and we are convinced that we can turn it around. We will try to play like we had been up until last night.We are very optimistic.”

  • The result is not good. After the match Casillas said the exact same sentiments that I had about this 1-0 result: “Its worrying, because we did not expect to lose. We came here with a lot of hope and enthusiasm in bringing a more positive result back to Madrid.” However, he also believes that they will be able to surpass this challenge, because with the warmth of their fans it will be easier. It will take more than that, Iker!


  • Don’t blame me! Unfairly the press continue to pour the criticism over Kaka, and yesterday’s game led for the press to go on a bigger rant on how poor his form has been. Well Kaka has had enough and responded back by saying that he doesn’t deserve the blame for the loss in France. “I’m not at fault for the defeat. Everyone is responsible.” All though I will not defend Kaka on his performance, I do think it is wrong of the press to point the finger at him. He is right in his statement, because all their players lacked dedication and sacrifice in last nights game. AS reported that out the 17 balls that Xabi and Diarra passed to him, only 11 made it to the feet of the attackers. Really ONLY 11!?!?! That is more than I had expected! Like I said in my last post Kaka tried, but none of his teammates were there to give him a hand. Alright need to cool off, but I assure you there will be a post dedicated to this later! (


  • A recipe for their elimination. Well I wish we had it but that is not the case. Lyon player, Pjanic is certain that they have the recipe to kick Madrid out of the CL. He states that Lyon deserved their worked victory and that they will be able to go on to the next round.

“Real Madrid are not invincible, we saw that yesterday and in their previous league matches. We have the recipe to eliminate them. I am sure that Lyon will continue in the competition if in the return leg at Madrid we play like we did on our turf.”

His declarations are enough to convince me that Madrid will not come out alive from the Bernabeu. He added  (for me the most important part):

“We defended and attacked together, and no one cared who scored the goal. All we cared for was defending ourselves  and winning the match. Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka are two of the best players in the world, but they could not win the game on their own. Unlike us, Madrid did not play like a team, and that is why they lost the game.”

I have nothing more to add to Pjanic’s words. He said it all.



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  1. i dont think its fair to kaka! everyone played bad!

    • very true! thanks for the comment!

  2. Kaka has said “I am not responsible for the defeat. Its the team as a whole.”

    That is sad to hear. How can he alone be blamed?

    • Ugh I just finished a 30 minute argument with a friend over this Kaka ordeal, and well it bothers me that fingers are being pointed at him. The Spanish press are being way too harsh on him and fail to notice that the entire team was beyond horrible. He really does not deserve that kind of treatment.

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