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!


Vikingo News!: Pellegrini fights back, Marcelo til 2015, and Sportsman of the year!

February 5, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Posted in Vikingo News! | Leave a comment
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  • Pellegrini hits back at Valdano! I have been meaning to post on this topic but time just hasnt been on my side but I’ll give you guys a rundown on the Valdano vs. Pellegrini sitch.

Round 1: After the Depor match, Valdano told the press that it was messed up that no canterano’s made their debut which would have been nice for them. He added that maybe Pellegrini did not know them well enough to trust them to play. Stab to the back of Pellegrini and the press goes wild!

Round 2: Players come to the defense of Pellegrini stating that Pellegrini has confidence in the players and that they regularly train with the canteranos. Granero and Marcos (cantera) believe that he has faith in them. Does this makes Valdano look bad? hmm maybe not.

Round 3: Pellegrini comes back with an upper cut and puts Valdano in his place! He says it is not his job to worry about the cantera but nonetheless he knows to perfection all the players of Castilla. Bam in your face Valdano! He added that in El Riazor it was more important for the team to win than whether a canterano made their debut. Now we wait for round 4: Valdano’s response and knowing Valdano he surely will have one. For the presser click aqui! (just realized that the official site makes no mention of Valdano so I’ll post the video provided by Marca including the printed statement, click here).

  • Oh no, Marcelo signed an extension to his contract!  I’m not a fan of Marcelo but he has some good performances sprinkled here and there, still the thought of having him on the team until 2015 just baffles me. I don’t get it! Anyway, for more on this click here.

  • Finally, the Provintial Council of Guadalajara has honored Iker Casillas with the Honourary Award to the Most Noteworthy National Sportsman of the Year! Congrats to Iker! Ikermania all over the place! Here is what Casillas had to say at the award ceremony:

“Thank you for this honor. This award is much more special than other sports awards,” said Casillas as he accepted the award from Maria Antonia Perez Leon, the President of the Council. “We are not obligated to help others, but it is our moral duty. It makes us grow as people. This award will sit alongside all the most important awards I have won throughout my career.”

*Extra merengue:

Just read on AS that Canales will be a Real Madrid player! There had been a lengthy group meeting between the two parties today to get this over with, but so far it is only AS that is producing this story. More on it when it becomes official or more details become available!

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