Xerez vs Madrid: A perfect connection

February 14, 2010 at 9:21 am | Posted in La Liga | 2 Comments
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It was not the best match and for many reasons. One, is due to Madrid’s over confidence in easily beating Xerez. This was not the case. Second, the fact that all week all the press and the club could talk about was the Atleti vs. Barca match, and how great it would be if los colchoneros could give us a hand. Again more focus could have gone to what we had on our table. Finally, and least important, was the condition of the pitch. It was horrible and it indeed did benefit Xerez in the first hour. All of this and Gorosito’s motivated and well positioned team led for ‘los blancos’ to suffer more than necessary.

It is important to highlight the great job done in the first half by the humble Xerez, who dominated the first half and pushed forward to create chances that left Madrid looking uncomfortable. The only firepower offered by Madrid was through Ronaldo who shot one wide and his header hit the crossbar. The Portuguese was sending out a warning while Xerez kept throwing away any good chances of goal they might have had.

Unfortunately for Xerez their legs just could not give more in the second and were run ragged by Madrid, who fired countless hits to the area protected by Renan. The locals tried their best to keep the goals from coming but Arbeloa, out of all people, managed to crack that stone wall. Completely out of his postion, Arbeloa caught Xerez by surprise when Xabi slipped a through ball to leave him face to face with Renan. A man that is not known for scoring ever was the one to give Madrid the lead and the tools to finish knocking down that damn wall.

Soon after Arbeloa’s goal, the show of Kaka and Ronaldo was able to start. The first opening act of their bromance came with Kaka who sent in a deadly cross for Ronaldo to head in into the deep corner of the net. However, these two were not ready to bring the curtain down as they once again combined for Ronaldo to score his double and make it a definitive 0-3. A great comeback to CR9, who is showing machine like numbers with 17 goals in 17 games! Un crack!

After the quick shower of goals, Pellegrini brought in the changes with Raul, Diarra, and Drenthe coming in. Sadly no Van der Vaart and no canteranos, but what matters most is that we temporarily cut down Barca’s advantage to just two points. Now we wait to see what happens at El Calderon, and also begin to place our focus on Lyon (they beat Lens 1-0 in the French League).

*Extra Merengue:

Luis Molowny, one of Madrid’s all time legends died on Friday at the age of 84. He dedicated his whole life to Madrid, first as a player for ten years, then as coach, and finally as Madrid’s sporting director. One of Madrid’s first idols, will continue to represent the spirit of Madrid. ‘Mangas’, this victory was for you… descanse en paz.

via Marca

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Iker’s 500th match!

February 12, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Posted in La Liga, Vikingo News! | Leave a comment
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Yes, our boy will hit the 500th mark with Real Madrid this weekend against Xerez, and it’s only taken him ten years to reach that number! With only 28 years of age, Iker is without a doubt a symbol of this club and here at this site we thank him for all that he has done for the club and hopefully more good fortune goes his way!

Speaking to AS, Iker recalls that he can pretty much remembers all 499 games and even the score. I’m impressed there will be a quiz afterwards to see if this is true.

“I remember practically every game and their final scores. I think I would make few mistakes if asked. Years have gone by and I even think I’ve grown taller. I used to weight 77 kg and now I weight 86. I was incapable of running and reach midfield with the ball at my feet when I started playing… Wow, I feel old…”

For him the league won with Capello a couple years back is very special because it ended those three miserable years without winning anything. When he was asked about the errors throughout his career, he gave the typical modest ‘Iker respose’, “I’m the first one to admit when I have made a mistake. And I’m also the most frustrated one when I receive a goal, especially when we have lost and it’s my fault. Then I realize that everyone is human, and so am I. It also happened to Arconoda.”

Check the video out for his responses to who is the most dangerous striker, Spain’s chances at the World Cup, the upcoming Champions league match against Lyon, and more. (It’s in Spanish)

Also as Valentines Day is just around the corner and I bet some people out there have not yet found what to give to that special someone, here is a suggestion!

CR9 to go on the bench?

February 12, 2010 at 2:36 am | Posted in La Liga | Leave a comment
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One of my favorite Spanish football shows Deporte, asked other journalist the question of which player should be sidelined from the starting line-up for Saturday’s game now that most of our players are fit? A question that has been made easier now that Benzema is set to be out for a week, but nonetheless someone will have to warm the bench. For the most part the journalist went with the safe answers: Raul, Granero, and Van der Vaart. My initial response would have been those same players, but then I heard the ever so sharp Sid Lowe give his brave and almost unthinkable answer and I quickly changed my mind. You ask who he dared suggest go on the bench? Well none other than Armani undie model, Gucci loving, and yellow boot wearing Cristiano Ronaldo. His rationale was simple: leaving him on the bench would send him a message that he is not that special.
As ludicrous as his answer may seem it totally makes perfect sense, and if Pellegrini wanted to give a real punch of authority he would let pretty boy Cris sit on the bench at Jerez. Let’s just say El Mister really left him as a sub, clearly those at the top would madly react and Ronaldo would pout to the cameras, but it would show who is in charge. After all, he did leave the team in a critical situation with his two match ban for his behavior on the pitch and thankfully our other players have been stupendous and his absence was not felt much. But nonetheless, he needs to understand that the show does not revolve around him and that his place on the team isn’t guaranteed. Make him suffer just a bit and at the same time continue with the good spirit that has been shown by the players who have played in these last two matches. In any case, they have been brilliant and why break a good thing? If Pellegrini were ballsy enough to do this, then I am sure people would take note that this man means business, and not only Ronaldo, would know not to mess up.

However, the chances of this happening are quite slim and it is almost safe to say that Granero will have to chew sunflower seeds on the bench, while CR9 takes his spotlight on the pitch. Really unfortunate.

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