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Posted by Michael Hudson on 01/12/2011

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.

Third place in La Liga, Villarreal have been off to a tremendous start, their sights set on Europe after a two-year hiatus from footballing’s top tournament. The disparity in quality is evident as the club from northern Valencia are over ten points behind the pace of Madrid and Barcelona; the usual suspects slowly pulling away from the rest of the pack. Nonetheless, the visitors looked poised to play spoilers throughout the early happenings at the Bernabeu. Cani was rewarded for the Yellow Submarine on seven minutes, earning the visitors a deserved advantage. Ronaldo would equalize before Marco Ruben’s brilliant chip again saw Los Blancos down. At the half hour point, Villarreal were the better side.

Before the evening would end, Ronaldo would convert two more (seems like the Portugal star only scores in bunches) as Madrid parlayed their second equalizer into all out domination in the second half. Villarreal were convincing in the early moments, but Madrid were able to turn around their fortunes, finding their form to earn the honours and keep pace with leaders Barcelona (It helps when the FIFA Coach of the Year is at the helm to guide the ship).

It seems January will be a much quieter month on the transfer front than most pundits, myself included, had thought. Jose Mourinho, who impressively took home the aforementioned honours ahead of Vicente del Bosque and Pep Guardiola, announcing that Kaka will remain at the club and that the Portuguese manager will not bolster his roster during the winter window (nor were the Madrid brass willing to finance it, which makes playing the market a bit more challenging). With early season goal scoring issues behind them, Madrid have found their rhythm and are not looking back. Surely, it will not be an easy road with a plethora of obstacles ahead of them. Los Blancos trail the most complete team (and arguably the best modern football team ever) in the world, and, while the season has only just hit the halfway point, one would do better to not play catch-up with a club like Barcelona. February will see Madrid try and avenge their European exit at the hands of Lyon with the daunting task of remaining fit for Europe also in their sights.. The most competitive tournament in the world, the capital club may be in fine position to steal a domestic trophy but European glory will only come after an arduous journey against the continent’s best.

A third trophy in the mix for Los Blancos is the Copa del Rey, where Madrid learned their quarterfinals fate will come in the form of another Madrid derby. Atletico, who Madrid have dominated over the past decade, were recently humbled at the hands of recently promoted Hercules. Atleti have disappointed over the past few years, especially considering the abundance of talent at their disposal. New faces or not at the Bernabeu, if Madrid keep up their phenomenal form then excitement will reign throughout the Spanish capital.


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Comments

Posted by maadhy on 01/13/2011

i am a die hard real madrid fan! i wish they would be crowned world champions once again! and that there would be a ballon dor candidates from madrid!

Posted by Ahmed Bashir on 01/14/2011

I wish madrid the best b'cos we have the due (Jose the best).

Posted by Danny G on 01/14/2011

Ronaldo is a beast and will be better now that kaka is back. Fuck Barcelona

Posted by caiphus on 01/15/2011

am happy with the way we are playing right now i hope we are going to win both the championships,local & the club.to bad that higugin is out for four mouths.all the best to the club and all the fans.

Posted by arturo bondoc on 01/15/2011

i've been a real madrid fan since 1992.i was one of those celebrating in plaza cebeles everytime they won the spanish league.( la liga ).i wish them all the luck and hope they win the Champions League,La Liga and copa del rey as well.from the philippines....VIVA REAL MADRID!!!

Posted by Wellz on 01/15/2011

Real madrid is the best, forget the 5-0 loss to barca..it was just unfortunate. Mourinho, Ronaldo, Ozil guys you are simply the best........Real is my team.....

Posted by Tim on 01/17/2011

I believe with the coach and team we have right now, we can advance further into the Champions League, but I'm not sure if we can win it. As for La Liga, we need a die hard forward for sure. Higuain is out, and Benzema is flopping. With the way things are, I'll be glad if they bring Van Nistelrooy back to play up front. I'd also like to see Madrid just once come together and play amazing football against Barcelona. Madrid have the talent there at their fingertips but they just always fall apart during those games. Ronaldo is amazing, but one player can only do so much yanno? If anything for this season, I'd like to see Ronaldo take the golden boot in La Liga. That is the only silverware I can see Madrid (or someone playing for us) has a high probability of getting this season.

Posted by keith on 01/27/2011

hala madrid

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