January 28, 2010
Cristiano Ronaldo's double last Saturday against Malaga was marred by the Portugal star's 70th minute red card. Attempting to shake off a defender, Ronaldo sent a violent elbow backwards, breaking the nose of Malaga's Patrick Mtiliga. The card was immediately protested by the Portuguese international as he threw his hands into the air in disagreement with the decision, a move that would later draw comments from Malaga officials as disrespectful.
The Spanish footballing federation has since added another game onto the normal one game suspension that accompanies a send-off so just decision or not, Real Madrid will be missing their star player and second leading scorer for the next two matches.
January 18, 2010
Real Madrid now find themselves trailing La Liga leaders Barcelona by five points after a 1-0 defeat in Bilbao on Saturday night, a deficit Madrid defender Raul Albiol has voiced his concern over. Telling Marca, after the visitor’s surprise defeat that, even with a little more than half the season remaining, to fall five points behind leaders Barcelona needs to instill a sense of urgency in Real.
Madrid’s defeat, Barcelona’s thrashing of Sevilla and the subsequent gap in the standings all coming days after Barcelona defender Pique stated that Real Madrid are still not a complete enough team to win trophies this season. Highlighting Real’s limited experience with one another versus Barcelona’s veteran presence, one cannot help to wonder the validity of the Spaniard's statement.