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October 29, 2009
Posted by Michael Hudson on 10/29/2009

To say Real Madrid’s cup tie loss was an embarrassment is understating the sentiments felt throughout the Spanish capital. David emphatically slew Goliath, reinforcing the numerous concerns surrounding a club considered a contender for both La Liga and the Champions League.

The role of David was played by AD Alcorcon, a third division club (Segunda B) located 13 km southwest of Madrid, whose victory has put Real Madrid’s backs up against the wall in the Copa del Rey competition while casting a great deal of doubt on the future of Real’s season.

October 23, 2009
Posted by Michael Hudson on 10/23/2009

Minutes after Iker Casillas denied Pato from point blank range, a chip over Madrid’s defensive line found the foot of Brazilian international who volleyed home to seal his double and victory for Milan at the Bernabeu. Milan came into the Spanish capital needing a positive result after falling to FC Zurich at home in their previous game, and Pellegrini’s men were facing what was billed as their second true test of the season. The most concerning detail of Madrid’s loss Wednesday night was not the fault of one specific player or a particular aspect of the team but the fact that Madrid has failed to produce results in either of their two big games so far this season. Seemingly unable to win the big games, Madrid could be in store for a very long season.

October 19, 2009
Posted by Michael Hudson on 10/19/2009

After a fortnight of internationals, there were a lot of questions to be answered at the Bernabeu this weekend as the Spanish league resumed.

Crisitano Ronaldo sat out Madrid's first defeat of the season on the eve of the break but with two crucial qualifiers for Portugal, the Madrid star attempted to play for his nation. Exiting the pitch after only thirty minutes in the first match against Hungary, some estimates have the Ballon d'Or winner sidelined for up to a month with his ankle injury.

Critics were quick to chide the judgment of both Ronaldo and Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz while fans and journalists wondered aloud how Real Madrid would react to the loss of possibly the world's best player.

October 13, 2009
Posted by Michael Hudson on 10/13/2009

Cristiano Ronaldo presence was missed in Madrid’s only defeat this season and, with the Portuguese international now sidelined for the next couple weeks, Real Madrid will have a chance to show their true grit. While neither coach nor players referenced Ronaldo’s absence as an excuse, it was certainly a topic of discussion from the front pages of Marca to the pubs throughout the city the day after a 2-1 loss at the hands of Sevilla.

October 6, 2009
Posted by Michael Hudson on 10/06/2009

Coming into Sunday night's clash with Sevilla there had been many questions about the strength of the Real Madrid back line; however, doubts aside, the boys in white had not conceded a league goal in over 400 minutes. After a commendable midweek performance in the Champions League, the Real Madrid defense was dismal and lackadaisical at the Sanchez Pizjuan on Sunday night, conceding two easy goals and three points to the home side.

Sevilla executed their game with great precision, spreading the ball wide and crossing into the area with great success. It was via such tactics that Sevilla were able to score both of their goals. As Marcelo watched a ball sail towards the far post, Jesus Navas came charging from behind, beating the Brazilian international to the ball, to head Sevilla into the lead on 33 minutes.

October 1, 2009
Posted by Michael Hudson on 10/01/2009

The Portuguese international continued his excellent form this season, scoring twice and winning the penalty that would produce the third Real goal on Wednesday night. After hitting a double in his Champions League debut with Los Blancos, Ronaldo's continued excellent play has a lot to do with Real Madrid's flawless start to the season. Real's 3-0 victory at the Bernabeu against Marseille makes it seven wins out of seven matches thus far this campaign.

Sergio Ramos was back in the starting lineup after leaving Saturday's game as a precautionary measure. Causing the usual chaos offensively, Ramos also contributed to Real's finest defensive effort this season. The back line, which has been lethargic and unorganized at points, came together to look not only improved but almost sharp.