February 24, 2010
The last time Real Madrid won La Liga Villarreal finished as runners-up to the capital city club. Despite a disappointing fifth place finish the following year, the Yellow Submarine were impressive during a Champions League run that saw the Valencian side into the quarter-finals of the European tournament.
This season the frustration continues at El Madrigal, tenth in the table, while former coach Manuel Pellegrini is leading Los Blancos towards reclaiming the league title from holders Barcelona. With the aforementioned Catalan club responding to their first league defeat resoundingly, a 4-0 dismantling of Racing Santander, the focus of Spanish football fans was centered on the Bernabeu on Sunday to see if Madrid could keep pace.
February 18, 2010
At the weekend Real Madrid continued to improve, handling Xerez with the ease that was expected while getting help in the standings from Atletico’s defeat of leaders Barcelona. Three points closer to the holders, Pellegrini’s men travelled to southern France for the first leg of their Champions League tie with Lyon on Tuesday night, attempting to break a five-year streak of Round of 16 exits in the European competition.
The fourth place French side saw their top striker leave the Stade Gerland for the Bernabeu this past summer, on Tuesday night, though, Karim Benzema returned to face the team he served for five years. A fixture with many story lines, Madrid’s concern was a positive result in front of the return trip to the Spanish capital; however, Los Blancos could not break the resolve of their French counterparts and now face a goal deficit.
February 8, 2010
Pellegrini’s side kept pace with Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona after a comfortable victory on Saturday night over Espanyol. The 3-0 win maintained Real’s place in the table five points behind holders Barcelona, who beat Getafe.
Preserving their perfect home record, the question looming is not whether or not Madrid have the quality to surpass Barcelona but will Barcelona, who have yet to lose in the league, give the capital club the opportunity to gain ground on the Catalans.
February 2, 2010
Almost two decades after their last victory at el Estadio Riazor in La Coruña, Real Madrid won convincingly Saturday night against Deportivo. Unsuccessful in their last six trips to the Galician grounds, the capital side earned their first victory in the stadium since the 1991-1992 season. What really impressed was not only the decisive away result but the manner in which Los Blancos dominated the game. Possession and precision passing were crucial in Madrid's victory but it was the bold back-heel assist from Guti that stole the show, setting up Karim Benzema to double the visitor's advantage at the end of the first half. As comparisons to Barcelona have been made throughout the year, many critics have been quick to point to Barcelona's team game as why the Catalan club is still the best in Spain; however, the way in which Real commanded the pace of play Saturday night has many wondering if this team is finally coming together.