Return to the scene of the crime…

March 20, 2010 at 8:54 am | Posted in La Liga | 2 Comments
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Officially done with finals and can finally sink my head in into all the happenings at the club. There has been several juicy topics that I am sorely sorry that I missed, but nevertheless it is good to be back. So let’s look at what we have on our plate this week.

After being eliminated from the Champions League, Madrid put their boots on tightly and clocked in four goals past the simple Valladolid. Unfortunately for them they became our victim to which we took out our frustration. Still, for the most part I don’t think the madridista’s as a whole are content with the performance shown last week and the real test comes with the team’s reaction in front of the critical and fickle crowd of the Bernabeu. It is a return to the scene of the crime, where the players will have to vindicate themselves and reconnect with the audience that they have let down. Although we do face a mid-table Sporting we must not be tranquil as it is these teams that have nothing really to lose so they put up the hardest fight and also deliver the biggest surprises. I insist we need our A-game, people!

Do I think that we will see a 7-1 like last season? Nope, but I do think we need to see plenty of goals and good football in order to continue with our operation to take the Spanish title back to the capital, where it belongs.

Here is what you need to know:

1. Kaka and Benzema are still out. Benzema who has recovered from the hernia has been left out by Pellegrini deeming that it might be best for him to rest a bit longer. Kaka also hasn’t recuperated in time from contracture to his left hamstring muscle. You can also add Diarra and Drenthe to the list of absentees. Everything else stays the same in terms of the players who have been called up.

2. Pellegrini as usual has faced the hounds in the routine pre game presser and here is a snippet of what he said about this weekends rival: “Sporting are a dangerous team. Much is at stake for them. We’ll have to play well to defeat them.” True, very true!

3. Sporting’s manager Manolo Preciado also spoke and threw a jab against the Madrid press accusing them of a “witch hunt” campaign against the Chilean. Well Pellegrini, at least you have someone on your corner. Anyway, Preciado added that his team will not use the same brutal tactics employed by Valladolid to stop CR9.

4. Finally, Sporting also face some hurdles as they have not won in their last two games and also have failed to score. Not good for them as Madrid have been in form in goal and are undefeated at the Bernabeu. The pleasant news for them is that heart of their defense sees the comeback of Gregory.

Video: Well I dug deep into the vault and it was incredibly hard to find a goal or any recap of a Madrid vs Sporting game. There have certainly been some great meetings between these two especially in the early 90s when Sporting where living a glorious chapter in their history, but unfortunately I did not find any good videos of these past encounters. Still, seeing as though Rafa Van der Vaart has been finding some good fortune in plenty of minutes (will surely start this weekend), I thought why not go all the way back to the  2008-2009 season, where VDV made his debut appearance against Sporting. Yes, I know these were simpler times. Anyway, it was against the boys of the Molinon, where VDV scored a hat trick with one of these goals being the currently in fashion heel flick. Enjoy!

Feliz Cumple, Rafa!

February 12, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Posted in Vikingo News! | Leave a comment
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What a beautiful family!

 Oh so sorry this was late, but better late than never! Anyway, we had another birthday boy at the White house this month and this time the man to blow the candles is Rafael Van der Vaart. The dutch man celebrated his 27th birthday yesterday and again we send our love to a player who has gone through a rough past year, but its 2010 and things seem to be looking way better for him professionally and personally. Furthermore, in yesterday’s presser he said he really wanted to play in Jerez and add icing to the cake by scoring a goal. I hope he plays and scores. Best wishes and stay pretty VDV!

Vikingo News!: Guti on Sneijder, Atletico’s latest fan, and Valdano the enemy?

February 10, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Posted in Vikingo News! | Leave a comment
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  • Guti would never have sold Sneijder. Speaking to Gazetta dello Sport, Guti reveals that if he were in charge at the club he would have never let go of Sneijder, but understands that the club had economical needs and that is why he did. When it came to his comments awhile back on his interest of joining Inter, he clarifies that he said it because Inter are a grand club and two of his best friends play their refering to Wesley and Eto’o. (I puke at the fact that Guti likes Inter Merda!) However, he insist that his future is only in white and hopes to retire at Madrid. The interview closes with Guti’s World Cup dream of giving the assist that leads to the goal which would give Spain their first World Cup. (AS)
  • Van der Vaart  is just the latest madridista to jump on the Atleti bandwagon. It was VDV’s turn to speak to the press and made it clear that after Madrid are finished playing their game in Jerez, he will be an Atleti fan and actually is VERY confident that los colchoneros will beat Barcelona. He also makes note that the game in Jerez will be very important because his family who lives very close to that city will be there to see him. I hope he plays! (Realmadrid.com)

Calladito te ves mas bonito!

  • Valdano is Argentina’s number one enemy…according to El Diego. Ah its always great to hear from Maradona as he always has something interesting to say. Am I right? Well true to his style he lashed out again at Jorge Valdano accusing him of trying to kick out all the Argentine players from the club. Speaking to Estudio Futbol of TyC Sport, an argentine football show, he blasted Valdano saying that he finds it revolting that a fellow Argentine would do that to his compatriot. He adds that Valdano “kicked out Heinze, tried getting rid of Gago, and also wanted Pipita out but couldn’t because he scores more goals than Benzema and Raul.” Well I guess Valdano won’t be invited to Christmas dinner at the Maradona household anytime soon.

Real Madrid vs. Mallorca: Madrid wins, so let it snow!

January 11, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Posted in La Liga | Leave a comment
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You thought a little snow could stop this Madrid? Well the boys went out to face the cold weather and displayed another convincing performance beating 2-0 Mallorca. The light blanket of snow that covered the Bernabeu served as the beautiful backdrop to a Madrid who warmed the spirits of those few who bore with the climate to watch them play. There were fears that Mallorca could come into the White house and ruin our perfect home record in La Liga but Manzano’s Mallorca is a different team once they leave their secluded island. Mallorca froze and was just a block of ice for Madrid to chip away. And Madrid did a lot of chipping, creating chance after chance but with not much luck. Still through the creative genius of Higuain Madrid were able to get ahead with a curling shot into the net. Pipita once again there when you need him most. I would never trade a boy like him! Those who had criticized him for the opportunity he missed in Pamplona, were silenced by his performance yet again. And he did not only appear with his goal but also broke through with an assistance to El Pirata Granero who came into score the second of the night.  Bonus points for kissing el escudo!  With the two goals came the bringing down of the curtains where opportunities to score more passed but with little avail as both Cristiano Ronaldo and Benzema were having an off night with precision. Three more points in the bag and now we wait for Barca to drop some points here and there. Overall, it was a lovely evening.

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*Extra Merengue:

  • The elegance returns to the Bernabeu!  Kaka who had been suffering with pubalgia, had been sidelined since the match against Barcelona, but to the delight of the madridista’s the number 8 was healthy and back to prove his worth. Clearly still lacking form, he was able to put on a commanding performance, even with the opportunity to get on the score sheet. Good to have him back and I am sure 2010 will be the year of Ricky! Mark my words! 
  • Rafa Van der Vaart had stated that both he and Kaka were compatible to play together but a cruel fate has separated them. VDV had to come off the pitch just 21 minutes into the game with a strain on his left calf muscle. The medics have confirmed that he will be out for 2-3 weeks.
  • On the night of comebacks we also saw the return of the one and only, Guti. After the horror of the Alcorconazo and his disrespect to Pellegrini, Guti came into the match in the 83rd minute. Not surprisingly he was greeted by a divided crowd. Certainly there were those who greeted him with applause but there were also those who whistled and jeered the troubled player. It will take some time for the madridista’s to forgive him for his actions, but if he really wants to redeem himself he will have to give 110% each time in training and on the pitch.
  • Another player who has been questioned on his lack of quality performances was Fernando Gago, who has been scarcely used this season by Manu Pellegrini, made a return to the pitch with a starting role. Of course this only happened because the fantastic Lass was out due to suspension, but what needs to be highlighted is his really good performance yesterday. Credit needs to be given when it is due and Gago deserves the praise. He took an opportunity that was handed to him and made the best out of it. He made very few mistake defensively and even corrected the errors of Alonso who gave a poor showing. Bravo Gago, now just do that more often!
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