And the pain continues…

March 12, 2010 at 7:00 am | Posted in Champions League | 6 Comments
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There is no consolation for this Madridista who has seen how the team has fallen out early yet again and the idea of seeing another team lift the trophy in our soil brings even more heartache. Despite still having the leadership in our league it still does not make up for the events of Wednesday’s game and the fact that all we are fighting for is the league title is an absolute disgrace. And although it probably was too much to ask of this newly formed team to reach the final, the fact that the team failed in progressing to the next round is simply a fiasco. There is just no other way to put it.

I had posted yesterday that the team needed to be humble because I did not like all that macho talk of how Madrid were going to beat the “lowly” Lyon. A true great team talks with their football and not in press conferences or interviews. All Lyon needed was for Puel to make that brilliant tactical switcheroo and Pjanic’s goal to pop our dreams and send us back to Earth. In the end, as much as it pains me to say it the better team won. Taking into account Lyon’s work in the first leg and their tremendous second half at the Bernabeu, they warrant the success. On the other hand, Madrid only showed panache in the first half while in the second they ran out of legs and ideas. I know many will say that we had plenty of chances to score, but there is no need to play these hypothetical games because the “what if” does not win you games.

In times like these where for the 6th consecutive year we are shown the exit door, people will look for someone to point the finger at, and the Madrid press have already chosen their target: Pellegrini. I will admit he did have some fault in our elimination, but we just cannot continue to chop the heads of our coaches every damn year. Pellegrini as the scapegoat will not get us anywhere and it will only temporarily hide the real problem of this team. So let’s not bring out the guillotine just yet because if anything everyone who is involved with the club in terms of those in uniform as well as those in suits have their share of responsibility.

Finally, I want to say that el Madridismo are justified a real apology from the club after this brutal blow to our season. The performances over the last couple of years have been “una lagrima” as my father would say, and has dampened our name in Europe to the point that our grief has become the joy of our adversaries. We simply don’t deserve this and neither does the illustrious history of this club and everything it represents.

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Señores, let’s be humble

March 10, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Posted in Champions League | 2 Comments
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via AS

Tonight is the big game and I am sorry for not having the time to write any sort of preview on what is our biggest match to date, but if you still need of a preview I suggest reading the lovely post at Los Merengues.com. Nonetheless, although we are less than two hours from the game I want to wish Los Blancos the best of luck and hopefully we will able to pull through and end this jinx that has hovered over us for the past five years. I do not think I could handle another year of being on the sideline of a tournament that has been synonomous with Madrid.

There is no doubt in my mind that this Madrid is better than Lyon, but I plead of the players to be collective and calm. There has been much talk on how we will beat Lyon and how many goals we will send pass by Lloris, but although I believe in our strengths we must not be cocky and expect Lyon to surrender to our feet because we are Real Madrid. No señores, an emblem does not win you games, rather we must prove through collective football the greatness that surrounds this club. I’ve seen this happen before, and I don’t want to trip on that same rock once again. So let’s be humble and make this one special European night!

Hala Madrid!

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.

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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