Vikingo News!: All Eyes on Europe

March 8, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Posted in Vikingo News! | 4 Comments
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Yes it is Champions League week and this is the only thing that goes across everyone’s mind in Madrid headquarters. Well to be honest I think everyone has been anticipating the second leg of the Lyon game since the ref blew the whistle at the Stade de Garland. We are bloody obsessed with this year’s Champions League maybe more than I have ever seen before. Maybe this is not a good thing, but can you blame us?

First let’s take a look at Crissy boy’s presser this afternoon.

“Wednesday’s match is do-or-die. We are playing very good football and we have proven that we are the strongest team in La Liga. We are familiar with Lyon. They are a strong team physically speaking, but it’s our turn to play at home.”

“I hope our fans are just as supportive on Wednesday. We will do our very best to win. We have to prove to Lyon that we own the Bernabeu.”

You can say all you want about Cristiano Ronaldo, but there is no doubt that this boy loves to compete and is driven by a challenge. His last comment sticks with me the most because it sends out a clear message: This is our home, bitches! Oh, plus he sends out his support to his buddy Kaka who is not passing through his best moment, but CR9 is confident that Kaka will be decisive for Los Blancos. For the full presser click here.

Moving on, Lass Diarra spoke to Marca to speak of course about that match. Here is some of what he said:

“We need to pressure, strike fear in our opponent and score early against Lyon. I am sure it will be a match much different than the first leg. We need to start off strong and make sure they don’t score any goals. Being down 1-0 isn’t that bad. There isn’t much difference.”

“We have to be aggressive from the start. The crowd will help a lot, but we also have to take care of our business.

Poor Lass I really do feel for him as he has not been in top form as of late, and although I am a huge fan, I think Wednesday calls for him to be on the bench. Who’s with me? I bet the majority of the madridistas. Here is the link to the article, where he speaks of other things as well.

Next in line is Kaka who spoke to Uefa.com over his new life with Madrid, Ronaldo, and obviously La Decima.

“For us the prospect of winning Real Madrid’s tenth Champions Cup in the Santiago Bernabéu has to be a motivation, but not an obligation.”

“If it becomes an obligation then it will make things more difficult for us. Winning ‘La Décima’ at the Bernabéu certainly is the fervent hope of our fans and my fellow players because there are very few clubs who even get the opportunity to play the final in their own stadium.

“Even if Lyon are having a difficult domestic campaign everything changes when it comes to the Champions League,” he warns. “We are preparing to face a great opponent because they are a top club in European competition and the Champions League changes everyone’s motivation.”

Ricky really is so well spoken and I recommend you read the entire article because all of it is really good. So here ya go, there is also a video included.

The last declarations come from the one and only Zizou. Shhh everyone, when the man takes the stage we all must listen:

“I remember a Champions League game against Bayern Munich at the Bernabeu, where the stadium almost came down. If we have a night like that one, Real Madrid will be able to do great things.

“I am convinced that they are going to come back.”

Let’s hope Zizou words have magic to them like his football. Really could not find an article on this in English so I leave you with what AS had. Click here

*So it seems like a sure bet that Benzema will miss the CL match and according to El Mundo Deportivo, Sergio Ramos is in doubt because of an infection to his toe nail. Eww.. haven’t seen this anywhere else, but will get back to you guys on this gross but yet important topic.

There is No More Time to Fail

January 4, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Posted in La Liga | Leave a comment
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Via AS.com

Pipita missed two great opportunities against Osasuna that would have given Madrid the top spot after Villarreal gave them a hand by taking a valuable point from the Catalans. After watching Pipita missed the last opportunity in front of goal I knew this would not be Super Pippa’s night nor Madrids. Pamplona is his territory where he has delighted us with important goals but last night he was just off. A gray performance overall where the most outstanding player was Ezequiel Garay, who is proving that there is no need to look in the winter transfer market for a replacement because he is just the right man. Still, I was quite surprised by the way the team came into the game with a slow start into the attack as though this was just another game and not the chance to be the new leaders. During the break Manu Pellegrini must have reminded them that winter break was over and that first place was there for grabs, for the team entered the second half creating several opportunities but Osasuna true to their style put up a fight not giving Madrid the space they needed to play their football. However, it is in the minutes when Madrid were beginning to get a hold of the game that Pellegrini made his first mistake of the night. He took out Pipita in order to bring in Raul and also substituted Van der Vaart for Benzema. After these two left the pitch the team looked once again lackluster and desperate for some sort of miracle that never came. The game was dying out while Madrid’s chance to break out from second place also burned out.

Certainly, the second half performance was good from the merengues but when you know first place is on the line, ‘good’ in is not good enough. In Barcelona’s match against Villarreal we saw how a feisty ‘submarino’ almost ran out of the Camp Nou with all three points had the referee not looked the other way on the two penalties committed by Dani Alves and Carles Puyol. With the way they play and these little favors Barca are handed it is hard to see them dropping many points from what is left in La Liga. For that reason Madrid need to be ready to pounce when the carcass is there for the taking. No more speculation, it is time to get serious if we really want to be champions.

*Lass and Sergio Ramos were booked with their fifth yellow and will miss their match against the well oiled Mallorca at the Bernabeu.

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