January 27, 2011
Benzema hit the winner at the weekend and again on Wednesday evening, allowing Los Blancos to both maintain their pace behind Barcelona and take a first leg aggregate lead in their semi-final cup tie, respectively. Yet the under fire France international will now find himself competing for a place after Los Blancos’ latest big name transfer. The Frenchman has struggled since his big money move from Lyon in the summer of 2009, and, with the recent injury to Gonzalo Higuain, speculation has run rampant at the Bernabeu as to whether or not Jose Mourinho would make a move in the January window to add some depth to his squad’s attacking prowess. First they weren’t, and then they were; Madrid’s official stance was about as bi-polar as Benzema’s form. Tevez, Lukaku, Drogba were just a few of the names thrown around by everyone from Marca to your local taxista. Finally, Emmanual Adebayor has become the newest star to don the famed white jersey. But is this really the answer?
January 21, 2011
On either side of a gritty derbi madrileño, Real Madrid dropped two very crucial points in their title chase with Barcelona. The second half of the season has just begun, yet with Barcelona’s form, who knows how many points will be too steep a precipice to climb. Thursday night, however, the news was positive in the capital city as Los Blancos defeated their cross-town rivals for a third time already this year, earning a place in the semifinals of La Copa del Rey. A two-leg tie with Sevilla is the only thing that stands between Mourninho’s side and a possible cup final match up with the infamous Barcelona.
January 12, 2011
Despite a tough Champions League group draw, Madrid have faced little adversity so far this campaign. Pedro Leon stole a late equalizer at the San Siro; however, Los Blancos had positioned themselves far atop their group. Facing a hostile Barcelona crowd, Madrid crumbled. Mourinho’s side rebounded and has come away with all three points in every match since, save the second leg of a Copa del Rey tie where the capital club played a youth squad to protect a 8-0 aggregate lead. On Sunday night Los Blancos overcame hardship, coming from behind on two occasions before eventually upending a revitalized Villarreal team.
January 5, 2011
The New Year began with the sort of unsettling news that not even a charismatic manager can prevent: injuries. Well, injury singular, but to Gonzalo Higuain, Madrid’s leading scorer each of the last two seasons. The Argentina international, who is second behind a phenomenally in-form Cristiano Ronaldo this season, will undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the year. Madrid has harbored questions about their striking potency at the start of the season with the latest news only adding to the intrigue of the current status of Los Blancos in regards to the current transfer window.