El Clasico: The tender murder of los blancos

April 12, 2010 at 6:07 am | Posted in La Liga | 2 Comments
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Another year of the same story...

It is true that at least we did not have to suffer an agonizing 2-6 again, but it does not change the fact that this 0-2 is just as bad. Too much Barcelona for a Madrid with no answers or football to hit back. Pathetic and impotent are the only way to describe Pellegrini’s men, who were under the hypnotizing control of los cule for almost the entirety of the game. The worse part is that this Barcelona did not even play their best game, but rather were playing at half steam. It was almost insulting how they just passed the ball on their half of the field as though they knew that this Madrid had no ideas or courage to come for them and challenge for the ball. Valdes to Pique, Pique to Kieta, Kieta to Puyol, and then back to Valdes and the whole time Madrid looked with confusion as the ball moved back and forward. And when Pedro scored the second they became more vicious with their gentle attitude because they knew there would be no resurrection for this Madrid. They had buried them, but weren’t willing to go on a rampage killing because they preferred another more cruel method: Let them die slowly in their own misery. If Barcelona would have really wanted to they could have slipped in another 6 goals against Iker, but that would be too easy for them and just watching our helplessness sufficed the appetite of the azulgranas. As the minutes passed our desperation grew more intense and our wretchedness more evident for the world to see. Yes those cules left us naked and exposed for what we were: Individual talent and nothing more! This was their plan and the number one assassin leading los cule, Guardiola accomplished the tender murder of los blancos in a brilliant fashion. No this was no 2-6, but los azulgrana did not need to break a sweat as they have their minds on the bigger prize, coming to the Bernabeu on May 22 to finish the job.

*Despite the loss and the poor image I still maintain my stance that Pellegrini must stay. Mistakes were made by el Mister but again I repeat that this loss is just as much the fault of the player as it his.
Secondly, I do think that although there are 21 points left to play for the league it does seem more than impossible for us to win. We will need of not just one miracle but two, and honestly I can’t see Barcelona slipping up in two games. Another year of nothingness. Cibeles will just have to wait…

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A classic picture and a look back at the classic moments of El Clasico

April 10, 2010 at 4:29 am | Posted in La Liga | Leave a comment
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via AS

One of my favorite pictures of El Clasico with Di Stefano doing what he knew best: football and humiliating Barcelona.

Enjoy the video of some of the best and worst moments of a match of a million passions!

El Clasico: Asking for the impossible…

April 9, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Posted in La Liga | Leave a comment
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This past week has been a difficult one with many questions looming over the game that we have all circled in our calendars with such anticipation. I have been cracking my head with all those questions that I’m guessing have been running through all madridista’s heads, “Can we beat them?” As I posted a couple of days ago the Champions League match were Arsenal became the latest victim to taste the cules venom did leave me with more pessimistic thoughts than I would have wanted seeing as el clasico was only days away. Plus it was impossible to run away from the constant reminders of the new God of football (in case you haven’t heard its Messi). The press with their search for the kryptonite against the prodigious enano Messi left me even more puzzled over our chances and had me looking left and right for that kryptonite. Could it be Arbeloa or maybe Ramos? Why not send half our players to flock around him each time he dares flirt with the ball? Maybe Pellegrini can distract him on the sidelines with a stack of videogames and a happy meal? However, then you have to worry about the oxygen provider for the cules… Xavi. And that’s when I start to cry. How do you stop a man that doesn’t even need a ball to dictate the game for Barcelona. Just when you think you have him all figured out he is two or three steps ahead of you. Then you have to consider Iniesta, Alves, Keita, Ibra, Toure, Pedro… and the list goes on, which leaves one with the conundrum of where to plug the puncture before it starts overflowing to the point that it gets out of control. All of this was overwhelming and I have to say I started to feel as though this clasico might just end up being a blaugrana affair and nothing more.

However, after strolling around seeking for some enlightenment on how to avoid the Barcelona chokehold I stumbled upon a light that gave me hope. Instead of looking for answers or kryptonite I had forgotten to look at our virtues that have gotten us where we are at right now. Sure our midfield isn’t as dazzling as the one made up of Xavi and Iniesta, but that ok because their style doesn’t fit our own. Theirs is a game of possession and putting the ball to sleep with the constant passing, while we have shown many times that we can do just fine without having the round one, however, don’t make the mistake of leaving it in our hands for more certain than not that ball will end up kissing the back of the net. The scandalous number of goals this season  go to show how deadly we can really be. Xabi will be key in stringing the magic together while those in front will be the ones to put the polish on the final product. Xabi, it should be no surprise will be our life line and whatever happens during the game it will all come down to the decisions he makes on the green. No pressure!

The match at the Camp Nou demonstrated that you really don’t need a specified defensive tactic to withhold the force that is Barca, but rather play them with intelligence and orderliness and you really put them in a pickle because it is not only one team commanding the game. The first half is the perfect example in demonstrating how to go tête à tête, and had we not wasted the chances that came upon us it would have culminated as the ideal match. Unfortunately, we all know how that story ended. Nevertheless, we need to translate those first 45 minutes  to the Bernabeu to set a clamp on the title. And no this is not revenge for last season! To win is simply an obligation that comes when you play for los merengues  especially when it comes to the passionate night of el clasico. It is part of that orgullo vikingo that requires our players to be triumphant and nothing less. It is simply that.

Therefore it is important to understand that we are facing a Barcelona who is undoubtedly the best in their history and that their football is more cohesive than ours, and that definitely gives them an upper hand. Still, we must concentrate on what we do best and play our game. Hell, sometimes it is not about football or the talent, but it can all come down to the willpower of who wants it more, and I am sure our desire is stronger than theirs. And that my friends gives us the upper hand.

To conclude, after coming out of that lull of skepticism it finally dawned on me that this opportunity to bring down the smug nouveau riche from their high chair is one that could not be passed. Like I’ve said, in a sense they are stronger than us, but that does not make them unbeatable and if there is one team than can defeat them it can surely be us. They are not indestructible but rather humans with flaws that we must exploit. We have nothing to fear!
This quote I found I think best defines our situation and the mentality we must take to tame the cule beast: “Sometimes asking for the impossible is the only realistic path.”
A por ellos!

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