March 29, 2010
Trailing Madrid rivals at half-time, Real were in danger of not only facing defeat in the capital derby for the first time since 1999, but falling behind Barcelona, who had secured a vital three away points at Mallorca earlier in the weekend.
Traditionally quick off the mark against Los Rojiblancos over the past few years, it was the visitors who would score thanks to sloppy Real defensive play. The home side quickly turned away doubt at the Santiago Bernabeu and after a quick-fire start to the second half Pellegrini’s men erased the one goal deficit, scoring three times in thirteen minutes.
The victory maintains Real Madrid’s place at the top of the league albeit on goal differentce, with Barcelona’s visit to the Spanish capital looming less than a fortnight away.
March 12, 2010
Amazing how one’s fortunes can change dramatically in just a matter of days. Sunday morning Real Madrid was at the top of the La Liga table after an exhilarating comeback against Sevilla. Seemingly playing their best team football of the season, Pellegrini’s men set their eyes on the second leg of their Champions League tie with Lyon. Facing a goal deficit should not have been a problem for the Spanish giants, especially at home, where Madrid have played their best football. It was a goal they could not overcome and Real Madrid embarrassingly crashed out the Champions League in the round of 16 for the sixth straight year. Close to two hundred and fifty million pounds spent in the off-season to reestablish themselves as a European power could not propel the Spanish giants past the first knockout stage, again.
March 8, 2010
Top of the table. Thirteen games still remain in this stirring 2009-2010 campaign but for now, Madrid control their own destiny.
A few weeks ago I wondered if Barcelona’s form would ever falter to even afford Los Blancos the opportunity to close the gap; however, that was before a string of injuries depleted the Catalan club’s strength. A subsequent drop in form has lead to some surprising upsets, and Barcelona have now relinquished their five-point lead of La Liga to the capital side club.