Realist vs. the dreamer

May 16, 2010 at 8:45 am | Posted in La Liga | Leave a comment
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Let’s be realistic for a moment and set aside our team colors, Barca are pretty much hours away from winning their second league title in a row. For them to lose a single point in their turf seems almost crazy and especially considering who their opponent is. Our hopes are in the hands of Clemente and his Malaga to pull off the biggest upset in years and well I simply don’t trust that old fart’s slimy hands in giving us a helping hand. No senor! Unless Barcelona wake up on the wrong side of the bed or Messi gets a bad case of diarrhea minutes prior to the match, I can’t see this Barcelona slipping up. The truth hurts but it seems like it will be another year in blank.

However, forgetting about being a realist and simply thinking with my heart I have to hold on to that miracle that exist. It’s bleak but my corazoncito continues to push for me to believe and hold on with dear life for that miracle. One of the phrases that I detest the most in this sport is that of “in football anything is possible!”, now suddenly becomes my slogan. Sure its almost impossible to win the league, but I’ve seen crazier shit go down before, so why lose faith now? They say it ain’t over until the fat lady sings and until I hear her howl the words to ‘el Cant del Barca’, I won’t be ready to close the chapter to this passionate season of La Liga.

HALA MADRID!

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Still not believin’ the hype…

April 19, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Posted in La Liga | Leave a comment
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via Reuters

A very good first  half by our boys who put in the pressure from the start and were soon awarded for their efforts with a goal from Pipa, who now only stands two goals shy from reaching the midget Messi. The only negative point I can find in the 1st half is all those chances we missed! Good golly Valencia were lucky to not have been punished more severely!! 

The second half we made things more difficult for ourselves and let Valencia get into the game, but just as they were finding their rhythm, a sublime Marcelo sent in a cross for Ronaldo to blast into back of the net. The crowd once again showed enthusiasm with chants of ole’s running through the Bernabeu. Can’t blame them as we are just one point away from Barcelona (well make it two because of the whole head to head matches thing), and our possibilities of winning the league are once again alive. However, I am a bit more reserved in my euphoria as I still find it quite difficult for Barcelona to slip up anymore. As Cruyff said today in his piece,” Barcelona will most likely not face a more complicated rival than Espanyol”, and I kind of agree with him. Anyway, I am mostly saying this because I don’t want to get too excited and be let down in the end. That would be too painful.

Thanks to a loyal friend…

April 18, 2010 at 3:53 am | Posted in La Liga, Vikingo News! | 1 Comment
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Well just like I had predicted Espanyol managed to snatch a point from their eternal enemy Barcelona and breathe new life into the league. Y ojo los periquitos were unfortunate to not have won the game as they had plenty of chances to make los cules look more ridiculous than they already were looking. Its been awhile since a team has gone head to head with Barcelona and made them look this bad! Bravo periquitos!

Now Madrid must capitalize on this grand ol’ opportunity that’s been handed to them. It won’t be easy against Valencia, but this might be the last break we get!

List of Friends and Foes

April 14, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Posted in Vikingo News! | 4 Comments
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Considering that there are still 21 points left to fight for and really until Barca are mathematically the owners of this league, we really should not give up. So I thought with few games remaining it would be interesting to look at the obstacles that might come against us and also those things that might also give us a hand. Let’s start off with our friends!

FRIENDS:

  • Espanyol: Los Periquitos have a tradition of being one of our closest friends in the league as they share the same passion: hating Barcelona! Although Espanyol havent had the best season there has been some improvement as of late with a great run of games without losing. Not only that they defeated Atleti in a spectacular fashion this past weekend scoring three past los colchoneros. Espanyol have always managed to give Barca a headache and I have my fingers cross that they can send a helping hand our way (too bad Tamudo doesn’t play anymore). Amigo perico, por favor!
  • Injuries/Schedule: Still competing in the Champions League leaves for more distractions and injuries for los cules. Now I in no way am celebrating an injury to a player because that is just cynical and in poor character, but the truth is that some of their players are starting to show the intensity of their game is starting to reach its limit. Iniesta is just the latest casualty and pretty much will miss the rest of the season. I wouldn’t count on this being an ally as Barca have shown they can play without their important players and still win, but nevertheless you never know.

  • Zlatan!: Some of you may be puzzled with my choice to include Ibra into our mix of friends, but hear me out. Although Ibra’s numbers have been pretty impressive in his first season at Camp Nou there is still something that tells me that he still isn’t fitting well into their system. Also I got hold of a fact that Barcelona are more effective in front of goal without the giant Swede. And from the games I have watched Zlatan does miss an incredibly large amount of goals and does interrupt with the flow of their game. Hopefully he recovers soon!
  • Villarreal: This season’s Villarreal have been a far cry from the one that was nicely run by Pellegrini, nevertheless just like Espanyol they have shown some signs of life in their last games. They are looking for their European ticket which is being fought by quite a few others, so I’m expecting a disputed fight. I don’t necessarily think they can beat Barca but certainly a tie can be possible.

  • Mourinho and his Inter: Yes at the end of the day Mourinho might just end up being our best friend if he can pull off the biggest upset. Having a soft spot for AC Milan it is hard for me to root for Inter, but my hopes that Barcelona don’t reach the final of the Champions League is driving me to do such a thing. Barcelona have to face Inter in the semi-finals and although they have already whooped Inter’s ass I do think this time can be very different. The Special One has something up his sleeve and will relish the chance of eliminating this Barcelona. How do you stop a team who plays ‘beautiful’ football? Well you play ugly football, and this Inter is capable of playing real ugly.

Foes:

  • Mallorca: We may have some difficult trips away from the Bernabeu, but the one that worries me most is our trip to Mallorca. Not only have they registered fantastic numbers at home and are currently in fifth place, but historically Mallorca have made it difficult for us. They always manage to snatch a point here and there, and this year in my opinion they are a major threat. 
  • Lillo and Almeria: Our upcoming opponent is another tough cookie as they have been ridiculously impressive at home and really the man behind the magic is Guardiola’s buddy Lillo who has changed the face of this Almeria. This team is so complicated that even Barca had a hard time cracking them down. Plus they have a fantastic goalkeeper who has been the only one to stop a penalty from CR9 in the league. So Almeria will be a test to see if we can overcome the blow of the defeat to Barcelona.

  • Sara Carbonero: Dont be fooled by her beauty because this one might be our biggest enemy of all! (stop droolin’ men!) I know I’m not the only one that has noticed Iker’s poor form this season and if I dare suggest his relationship with the Spanish presenter Carbonera might be the reason. You need proof? Well after our painful defeat in el clasico you would think Iker would lock himself away and sulk or probably kick a wall imagining it was Messi, but no instead he went to dinner with his lady friend. This doesn’t sound like our Iker! I’m just sayin this could be our YOKO!!! Cuidado!
  • Fans: Ok being more seriously I have to point out that our fans are simply a disappointing bunch. Did you guys notice how quiet the fans that went to el clasico were? If it weren’t for the Ultra Sur who made noise non-stop throughout the match we would have been able to hear the crumpling of the sandwich wraps! Atmospheres like the one at la bombonera or during the Milan derby’s are the types that really intimidate the opponent, but ours was a complete joke. We need to be the 12th player and it must come out during these last games. The jeers can wait for later!

  • Marca/AS: I don’t have to say much about the Madrid press that hasn’t already been said, but these ‘journalist’ are one of our biggest enemies. Always on the hunt for the skin of Pellegrini or producing lame excuses like the Villarato are just some of the ways they look to destabilize our club and put us in further ridicule to the world. Front covers like the one above are just not acceptable. These upcoming weeks promise to be a storm for Madrid created by AS and Marca.
  • Florentino and Valdano: I don’t like these two and I have little faith in what they say. Like I have said in previous posts that these two need to demonstrate their trust in the project created which means continuing with the work done by El Mister. They need to let him work and not using this time searching for his replacement.

  • MADRID: Finally I end with our team. We can either be our own friend or we can easily slip into the dark side and become our own enemy. If we let the el clasico loss get to our heads, then we are pretty much screwed.  However, although we have some rough weeks ahead of us, we need to dig ourselves out of the whole that Barcelona put us in and continue to give los cules a run for their money. Despite the defeat we can’t just simply lift the white flag of surrender and hand them the league. No señores there is still too much to fight for!
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