May 19, 2010
Barcelona’s 4-0 victory over Valladolid Sunday night may have meant that Real Madrid’s result at Malaga would not matter in the league race; however, it is tough to swallow a 1-1 draw at the hands of a club fighting for survival when the visitors knew they need all three points.
If you cannot find a way to win that match, it is tough to empathize with Madrid’s trophy-less season. Barcelona retain the league title while the shelves at the Bernabeu must wait another year for more hardware. It is not fair to say that the final fixture of the 2009-2010 campaign epitomized the entirety of Madrid’s season; nonetheless, similar disappointment has been constant for a team with such high expectations.
May 10, 2010
Seventy minutes into the penultimate day of the 2009-2010 La Liga season, it seemed as if a flat Madrid were going to concede their title campaign on home soil. A forty-first minute equalizer from Francisco Javier Yeste had Athletic Bilbao on terms at the Bernabeu while Barcelona was cruising at the Sanchez Pizjuan. An onslaught of Madrid goals and two quick strikes from a ten-man Sevilla had the Madrid faithful dreaming once again of league glory; nonetheless, Barcelona were able to hold off the strong willed Andalucians, maintaining their league advantage into the final week of the campaign. A Madrid draw Saturday night would have meant the league trophy once again belonged to the Catalan side but the capital club’s victory maintained Los Blancos faint hope of hardware this season.
May 6, 2010
The in-form Portuguese international has taken Real Madrid on his back in the past week as the club from the capital look to purloin the league title from Barcelona. Needing to surmount the one point deficit they face in the final two league games, Madrid has had no room for error the past couple matches. Hosting Osasuna at the weekend it appeared that Madrid would cruise into their mid-week fixture at fourth place Mallorca; however, Ronaldo’s heroics were needed as Pellegrini’s side fell behind the islanders not once but twice. With their title hopes all but exhausted, Ronaldo’s header earned Los Blancos the three points required to remain in the hunt one minute from time. The Portuguese’s services were required Wednesday night again, though not quite in such dramatic fashion, to secure a compulsory result and put the pressure back on the Catalan leaders.