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!

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Vikingo News!: CR9 Denied, Pellegrini defends him, and four canteranos called up

January 29, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Posted in Vikingo News! | 1 Comment
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via El Mundo Deportivo

Whoa, surprise news everyone! Ronaldo was denied the appeal by the Competition Commitee, and will have to miss the crucial games against Depor and Espanyol. I know shocking, right? Something I did not know that there were fines handed out with Real Madrid having to pay 180 euros and Ronaldo 600 euro. Hopefully, this whole shenanigans of CR9 can finally be over. We already look so desperate! 

Stand by your man, Pellegrini! Of course, after all of this drama that has followed Ronaldo’s suspension Pellegrini has come out to defend his player stating that his suspension has been unfair. However, it is the comment on the Ronaldo being the admiration and envy of the sporting world that has captured the headlines. 

“Everything that has something to do with Ronaldo is overblown. He isn’t the problem. The problem is what the sports world has generated around him in recent months. People admire and envy Ronaldo. Everyone all over the world wants to see what he does next and they also want him to make a mistake. It is a strange situation. He is just another player on this squad, but he is in a special situation wherever he plays.” 

Pellegrini’s press conference also mentioned how injuries are no excuse for the upcoming game and the team needs to win no matter what. You know the usual stuff the goes on at press conference, but if you want to read entirely what he said, click here. 

Mosquera and Mateo, Castilla players pictured above.

Well more news on the super important match against Depor. Madrid will be without  a crap load of players beginning with Garay, Lass, Van der Vaart, Higuain, Ronaldo, Gago, and Diarra. So this leaves the team in a huge predicament considering who we have to play and more significantly where we are playing. It has been 18 years since Madrid have tasted victory in the sound grounds of El Raizor, and considering that we are flying over there in pieces it might just be 19 years by the end of this weekend. I of course am praying that the likes of Guti, Kaka, and Benzema becomes inspired and lead this team to victory, but I am afraid it might be the same as in every game we have seen of them especially the last two. I hope I’m wrong though. Anyway, Pellegrini has called up four players from la cantera: in defense Mateo, two midfielders Mosquera (Castilla captain) and Raul Ruiz, and the striker Rodrigo. Also with so many players out of action this could mean Raul would probably have a shot of playing more than 10 or 15 minutes. Who knows? But the most important thing is that Madrid find some way to beat Depor. Please let luck and football be on our side!

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