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! (as.com)

 

  • 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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Lyon vs Madrid: Rambo and the headless chicken

February 17, 2010 at 6:08 am | Posted in Champions League | 2 Comments
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This was not the Lyon we had been expecting nor was this the Madrid that had inflated us with enthusiasm. This was a ‘360’ Lyon that looked nothing like the team that ranks fourth in the league. They came out on fire from the start with better chances. They were brilliant and thankfully were kind enough in not scoring more as they easily could have humiliated us with a 4-0 result. Their sticky and suffocating defense and midfield were more than Madrid had anticipated. Once again over confidence blew over the madridismo expecting a ‘weak team’ to simply hand us the ticket to the next round. Tsk tsk Madrid, asi no! In the Champions League there are no gifts and to get far you have to work, something Madrid failed to do throughout the 90 minutes. To put it in better terms: We were awful! Nothing worked for us and Lyon put it all on evidence.

Marcelo showed yet again that he has not one defensive bone in his body. If I never saw him on defense again I would be more than happy! Govou took advantage of his atrocious performance and leaned all the attack on his flank. If it was not for a fantastic Ramos who multiplied all over the defense, who knows how much worse the damage could have been. Every time Marcelo went forward, Rambo was their to clear off the danger. His duties were doubled but he responded like a champ each time. Rambo continues to convince me that in the center of the defense is where he belongs. There may be those who disagree with my opinion, but Rambo was our best player who actually lived up to what is expected of any player who dons the white kit. Hell, not only did he do his defensive duties but also had the best chance to score with a header in the final stage of the game. It is a shame that none of our other players were influenced by his performance.

After Rambo I don’t think I can praise anyone else. We did not play as a team, but rather relied on sparks of individualism by our star players. Kaka once he woke up from his coma tried to bring Madrid to life, but found himself denied by the solid defense. CR9 was a bag full of tricks, but nothing more. Sadly there was no bromantic connection as we had seen in Jerez. Pipita never received the service necessary as both Xabi and Diarra were more worried on defensive duties and failed when they tried to turn the offensive switch on. And well everyone else was simply gray. Even Casillas, who I usually put on a pedestal was a hot mess almost giving a easy second goal to Lyon. There was not one speck of this Madrid that resembled the team that had shown so much heart and football in our previous games. Furthermore, there was no leader on the field to put the weight of the team on their shoulders and take control. We were a headless chicken running and going nowhere. It really was a sad image to see.

So it seems as though the ghost of the round of sixteen rears its ugly little head again, threatening to make it six years of being eliminated prematurely. Although a 1-0 result is not the end of the world, I do have my fears that Madrid will not be able to turn it around. I can already imagine the game plan Lyon’s coach Puel will place at the Bernabeu. Yes, more of that suffocating and frustrating pressure displayed in this leg of the Champions League, and I would expect nothing less because it worked to perfection. There are 90 tense minutes left to this match and all I can hope for is that the Bernabeu continues to be the fortress that it has been up to this point, oh and one more thing, I await Guti’s return… y muy pronto por favor!

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

Vikingo News: So much! Kaka, Bobinho, and more…

February 8, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Posted in Vikingo News! | Leave a comment
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Alright because I do not post on the weekends as it is totally reserved for watching football and other nonsense, I have so much to stuff to post today. So let’s do this as quickly as possible! Here’s a rundown of what’s been happening at the ‘White House’:

  • Kaka on the team’s identity and the hernia rumours: The always smiling and kind Kaka spoke to the press today and stated that the key to the team’s success is that they have finally found an identity. He added that his goal against Espanyol was really special as he had been desiring to score for a long time now. Furthermore, as mentioned previously, Kaka wanted to clarify those pesky rumours about the chronic hernia saying that they were all lies and let us consider that chapter closed. (RealMadrid.com)

 

  • Bobinho’s Confession!:  Robinho makes note of how his approach in exiting Real Madrid was probably not the best way, but that he really needed to leave because he was no longer happy with the treatment by Calderon an co. He says that he felt bad for the fans as they did not deserve to be treated in such a way. Oh Bobinho this apology I just cannot accept! Anyway, the best part of his interview to Globo was his comment on Capello stating that the Italian did not like Brazilians. Wrong! He just does not like lazy divas who arrive to training drunk, my friend!!! Finally, the eternal dreamer proclaims that he wants to be the best player in the World Cup. Remember when Bobinho wanted to be the best player in the World? Buena suerte, Bobo! 

  • Granero on his best goal: Of course I could not have a Vikingo News without mentioning the boy that drove El Bernabeu crazy with excitement this weekend! Speaking to both AS and Marca, Granero says everything a die hard madridista wants to hear. For him to play in Valdebebas is a blessing and that his best football is yet to come. This kid has no ceiling! When asked which has been his best goal, he responds: “The one I will score in Lyon.” Smooth and confident… I simply love this player. Viva el Pirata! (Realmadrid.com)

 

  •  Juve dreamin of Pipita?: Well according to Tuttospor, Juventus are yearning to add Higuain to their squad next season. Their attack is in shatters with Trezeguet most likely leaving and a very out of it Amauri who no longer remembers what a goal feels like, has got the Old Lady looking to bring some much needed power into the attack. Well, my mom taught me to be kind to Old ladies so I’m just going to say, keep dreamin’! (footballitalia)

via Mundo Deportivo

  • An eye on the enemy!: Well Barca won their game, really no big surprise, but in the process of adding three points they also lost several key men thanks to injuries and suspension. Alves and Toure out for two or three weeks and Pique and Marquez both were painted in red which caused quite a stir over at Catalonia. According to them, the “wrong calls” made by the ref are due to the smear campaign by the Madrid press who relentlessly have claimed that Barca recieve help from the man in black (I agree to a certain extent). Still, I am not hear to speak about Villaratos, just simply to point out that with a defense in shreds Guardiola’s team will have to visit none other than Atletico Madrid. El Calderon has always been a rough place for Barcelona and this may be a chance for them to lose a point or three. Let us hope this is el Atleti of the miracles and not the one that embarrasses the fans. So this weekend I’ll be rooting for los colchoneros!
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