November 27, 2009
With less than 72 hours until El Clasico, it would be safe to say that Wednesday night’s match, albeit important, was an afterthought throughout the city. Cristiano Ronaldo did make his return to the pitch after a ten game, fifty-five day absence while Real is merely a draw away, in a fortnight in Marseilles, from advancing with the top spot in their Champions League group; however, Sunday night’s result will have a much greater bearing on the future of Real’s season.
November 23, 2009
Real Madrid will enter the Nou Camp next weekend as the leaders of La Liga after a 1-0 victory Saturday, coupled with a Barcelona draw, leaves Los Blancos alone at the top of the table, on twenty-eight points through eleven matches. Madrid’s fine form early in the match was overshadowed by their lack of ability to finish and overall pedestrian showing against a club who will be fighting to remain in the league come May. Regardless, when Pellegrini’s men take the pitch for the highly anticipated Clasico in a week, they will do so as leaders of La Liga.
November 12, 2009
UD Alcorcon saw off Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey Tuesday night, defeating the seventeen time champions 4-1 on aggregate. For the second consecutive year Real were eliminated from the Copa del Rey at the hands of a third division team. Alcorcon pulled off a surprising victory two weeks ago, shocking Los Blancos 4-0 in the first leg of the competition.
On tuesday, at the Bernabeu, Alcorcon were able to complete the upset by only conceding once in the return leg. One third of the triple is now unattainable; however, with a league visit to Barcelona and the final two fixtures of the Champions League group stage within a month, Madrid have the opportunity to move forward and put this embarrassment behind them.
November 9, 2009
Iker Casillas, Spain’s number one, was donned, again, San Iker after his brilliant play in net again preserved a lead for Real and prevented Los Blancos from collapsing after a start that saw the visitors up three goals twenty-five minutes from time. When the final whistle blew, Real Madrid had once again defeated Atletico de Madrid at the Vicente Calderon; however, three points aside, Madrid has still yet to show they can control a game start to finish. With their first ‘meaningful’ victory, despite Atleti’s record they are a club of great quality, Madrid has continued to show great improvement over the last couple matches; however, Real’s inability to play ninety solid minutes could, in the end, be their downfall.
November 5, 2009
Real Madrid played, without a doubt, their best football to date during the first half of yesterday’s Champions League tie at the San Siro. This was the Madrid that most of us expected to see after their summer of spending; however, the team that took the pitch in the second half was more of what we have been getting from Los Blancos. Playing with a sense of urgency, Madrid dominated the first forty-five minutes, creating multiple opportunities while applying constant pressure on the home side. A victory over the weekend against Getafe plus a crucial point at AC Milan have given the Madrid faithful something positive to think about after last week’s debacle at third division side Alcorcon. The aptitude shown at the beginning of the match demonstrated the talent and capabilities this team possesses. If Pellegrini’s men can find a way to harness the former and avoid the latter form of yesterday’s match than trophies may be in this team’s future.