November 30, 2010
Embarrassing? Humiliating? Demoralizing? It is tough to find an appropriate word to describe the ‘insert statement of choice here’ that occurred at the Camp Nou on Monday night, but the result was rarely in question.
Barcelona were the superior side, earning the 5-0 drubbing that was handed down to the visiting Madrileños. In a night that was all Azulgrana, the positive takeaways for the visiting side were few and far between.
Not only did were Madrid outshone by a brilliant display of football, but they were completely outclassed as well. Pleasantries were not to be expected but the frustration displayed in the eight cards shown (seven yellow, one red) to the visitors is a testament to the aggravation caused by Barcelona’s superior ball control and overall domination.
November 23, 2010
It was labelled the ‘Group of Death’ with past European Champions AC Milan and Ajax in the mix, yet Real Madrid stormed through the competition as if it were a preseason warm-up campaign.
Madrid’s unblemished record has them atop the league and impressively through to the next round of the Champions League, but certain results have raised some, albeit minuscule, doubts throughout the capital.
Fifteen wins and three draws in their first eighteen competitive matches have high hopes at the Beranbeu, but one would be hard-pressed to find a Madridista who wouldn’t argue the nineteenth match on Monday will be the most telling test to date.
November 11, 2010
When Real Madrid fell on away goals at the hands of third division minnows Real Union in October of 2008, it was perceived as the upset of the century. The Basque side, who, before that season, hadn’t been in the second division since 1965 and the top flight since before the Spanish Civil war. This was an upset the likes of which would never be seen again in many supporters’ lifetimes. The following summer, and as a result of impotency in Europe and the domestic league not the Copa, the Madrid brass spent hundred of millions of Euros on reassembling the Galacticos. Real Madrid would once again face a third division opponent, minuscule Alcorcon. Located in the Communidad de Madrid, just outside the bustling capital metropolis, Alcorcon would humiliate (and that is putting it nicely) their rivals in the first leg, outlasting Los Blancos in the return to make it two third division sides in two consecutive years.
November 8, 2010
Real Madrid’s domination of cross-town rivals Atletico de Madrid continued Sunday night with a 2-0 victory at the Bernabeu. Parlaying the momentum from Wednesday’s eleventh hour draw at the San Siro, Real Madrid maintained their unblemished record and place atop the La Liga standings with another dominant performance. A lot had been made about Real’s ascendancy of the Rojiblancos over the last decade, but some speculated Quique Sanchez Flores’ side might have a renewed sense of confidence after last year’s Europa Cup victory. Madrid quelled any speculation of an Atletico upset; taking advantage of the visitor’s maligned back line early while suffocating the visitor’s potent attack.