Getafe vs Madrid: Easier than expected

March 26, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Posted in La Liga | Leave a comment
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Can I say too easy? Well without taking credit from the wonderful first half displayed by Madrid, I do have to say that Getafe just made this too easy for us. There defense was an overall chaos that cried for the help of the absent Cata Diaz. Los Azulones pretty much stood helpless in their field as Madrid ran amok the first 45. So bad was this Getafe that they made Gago look good! Nah that’s a joke… he actually did quite well and left me rather impressed with his performance. However, I did expect more from Getafe and I was quite disappointed that they look so dumbfounded in front of Madrid at least in first period. This saddens me because it once again puts in evidence the decaying in quality in La Liga with only two teams running the show. Sorry, but this just isn’t good for the health of Spanish football.

Anyway, focusing on our performance it is fair to say that this is the Madrid that we have been waiting for. After a couple of lackluster matches los blancos have finally shown their true colors and have done it with four fantastic goals. The lethal partnership between CR9 and Pipita drove the last line of Getafe crazy. Yes, Getafe were always exposed in defense but it depends on the striker to exploit such weaknesses, and these two were just merciless when it came to scoring goals. Seriously ruthless killers up front who finished the game in 37 minutes with two goals a piece. Impressive and that’s considering that Ustari saved some shots that could have easily made this score line scandalous. But if Madrid were dazzling in attack then we must recognize the terrific job done by the midfield. They all did their job in feeding the sphere to Cris and Pipita and controlled the pace extremely well in first half. Xabi and Gago partnered up really well in the middle, and if Mr. Gago can keep up the good work ethic he might just snatch up Lass’ starting position. I never thought I would see the day when I would be asking for Gaga to start and Lass to sit on the bench, but I guess there’s a first time for everything.

Uff, Casillas! I seriously don’t know what is up with him as of late but good golly has he been off. Maybe it’s the fact that he knows he is irremovable from under the post or maybe it has to do with the little relationship he has going with that Carbonera chick, but whatever it is he needs to get back to doing what he does best. The little theatrics after Parejo’s goal (which was totally his fault for losing the ball), just don’t fly with me. Thankfully Casillas had the decency of admitting his fault for what happened. Nevertheless, that drop in form does have me concerned.

Ok the second half was a pain to watch. Not only did we lose the grip on the midfield but our defensive work was plain out sloppy. I’m going to give the benefit of the doubt that the boys were saving their energies considering that Atletico is just around the corner, and that it was best to rest the legs. The only good thing that came out of the second half was the debut of the canterano Mosquera who was finally given some minutes by el Mister. For me that is always great to see.

So there you have it a pretty great day for el madridismo. Not only did we get first place back in the league, but also our basketball team were able to tie the series with Barcelona on cule turf! Vaya que dia!

Real Madrid vs. Mallorca: Madrid wins, so let it snow!

January 11, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Posted in La Liga | Leave a comment
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You thought a little snow could stop this Madrid? Well the boys went out to face the cold weather and displayed another convincing performance beating 2-0 Mallorca. The light blanket of snow that covered the Bernabeu served as the beautiful backdrop to a Madrid who warmed the spirits of those few who bore with the climate to watch them play. There were fears that Mallorca could come into the White house and ruin our perfect home record in La Liga but Manzano’s Mallorca is a different team once they leave their secluded island. Mallorca froze and was just a block of ice for Madrid to chip away. And Madrid did a lot of chipping, creating chance after chance but with not much luck. Still through the creative genius of Higuain Madrid were able to get ahead with a curling shot into the net. Pipita once again there when you need him most. I would never trade a boy like him! Those who had criticized him for the opportunity he missed in Pamplona, were silenced by his performance yet again. And he did not only appear with his goal but also broke through with an assistance to El Pirata Granero who came into score the second of the night.  Bonus points for kissing el escudo!  With the two goals came the bringing down of the curtains where opportunities to score more passed but with little avail as both Cristiano Ronaldo and Benzema were having an off night with precision. Three more points in the bag and now we wait for Barca to drop some points here and there. Overall, it was a lovely evening.

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*Extra Merengue:

  • The elegance returns to the Bernabeu!  Kaka who had been suffering with pubalgia, had been sidelined since the match against Barcelona, but to the delight of the madridista’s the number 8 was healthy and back to prove his worth. Clearly still lacking form, he was able to put on a commanding performance, even with the opportunity to get on the score sheet. Good to have him back and I am sure 2010 will be the year of Ricky! Mark my words! 
  • Rafa Van der Vaart had stated that both he and Kaka were compatible to play together but a cruel fate has separated them. VDV had to come off the pitch just 21 minutes into the game with a strain on his left calf muscle. The medics have confirmed that he will be out for 2-3 weeks.
  • On the night of comebacks we also saw the return of the one and only, Guti. After the horror of the Alcorconazo and his disrespect to Pellegrini, Guti came into the match in the 83rd minute. Not surprisingly he was greeted by a divided crowd. Certainly there were those who greeted him with applause but there were also those who whistled and jeered the troubled player. It will take some time for the madridista’s to forgive him for his actions, but if he really wants to redeem himself he will have to give 110% each time in training and on the pitch.
  • Another player who has been questioned on his lack of quality performances was Fernando Gago, who has been scarcely used this season by Manu Pellegrini, made a return to the pitch with a starting role. Of course this only happened because the fantastic Lass was out due to suspension, but what needs to be highlighted is his really good performance yesterday. Credit needs to be given when it is due and Gago deserves the praise. He took an opportunity that was handed to him and made the best out of it. He made very few mistake defensively and even corrected the errors of Alonso who gave a poor showing. Bravo Gago, now just do that more often!

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