Madrid vs. Sporting: Three points and nothing more…

March 22, 2010 at 5:01 am | Posted in La Liga | Leave a comment
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Let us not be fooled by the final result. Madrid’s performance was ugly and it was only touched up by the goals from VdV, Xabi, and Pipita. We maybe breaking records with our goals and victories, but the team is still not convincing when it comes to their football. I’m not going to lie but Saturday’s performance leaves me worried especially considering what the team has left in this final stretch of La Liga. The lack of organization and drive shown by the players leaves me unsatisfied despite having obtained all three points. No me gusto pa’ nada! If it weren’t for los blancos being blessed with the tenacity of goal up front and the shoddy work by the ref (in no way should he be in 1st division), I honestly do not think that we would still be atop of the league today. Anyway, it is quite clear that such a poor performance by our lads has left me on edge so I think it is best that we move on. Here is a quick list of my observations from the game:

1. First I want to give a round of applause to Preciado’s men who had no fear and simply played their game. They were giving a complete performance until Barral scored which led to a fire being lit under the butts of our players to finally show some reaction. It was in those three or four crazy minutes where Sporting lost a match that for a good chunk of the time they had had a good control of. A team with a lot heart and maybe not enough fortune on their side.

2. Why must we always play with a double pivot? To begin it has been awhile since Lass has had a decent performance and acts more of a burden along side of Xabi. Secondly, although I’m a strong believer of respecting our opponent, was El Mister really that scared of Sporting that he found it necessary to put so much muscle in the midfield? Simply, this game did not call for a doble pivot.

3. One of the TV correspondents mentioned that prior to the start of the match there were several individuals who were going around the Bernabeu conducting a survey asking the fans questions like: “What players they would like to see for next season?”, “Who should be the new manager?”, and if my memory is correct the last question was “What players should leave?” Now the importance isn’t what the fans had to say in this survey, but the fact that there are people who continue to find a way in destabilizing our club is what really irks me. When the correspondent asked those conducting the survey who had sent them to do the job, they responded that it was the club. The club officials vehemently denied this. Either someone is lying or this is the work of the witch hunt Preciado had been talking about.


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!

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