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UCL 10/11: Week 2 Thoughts

Auxerre vs Real Madrid

– Real Madrid started with a 4-3-3 system, but the only midfielder that could move the ball cleverly was Xabi Alonso. Lass is too defensive-minded and Khedira is a box-to-box player. So, there were problemas with the well organized Auxerre. Anyway, the three strikers were very static, so they didn’t create any spaces in the french team defense and almost didn’t create any opportunities.

– Cristiano Ronaldo and Higuaín are anxious. Every time they get the ball they try to do an individual move. Moreover, the portuguese is not dribbling anybody. Mourinho have to change that.

– Real Madrid always tried to attack throught the centre when they should have opened the field. When Di Maria came in, late in the second half, the game changed a bit, and that was the way to score the first and last goal.

– The positive part: The Special One is The Lucky One too. Three points and no goals conceded, and top of the group.

Rubin Kazan vs Barcelona

– Maxwell is not good enought for Barcelona. He’s a good full back, but not a world class player as Dani Alves. Barcelona is lacking of depth and speed when their attack through left side.

– Select Mascherano and Busquets together is not a good idea when you play against such a defensive team. They are two of the best defensive midfielders in the world, but they play better behind the ball, and against Rubin Kazan, Barcelona should have been put players between Kazan’s defense and midfield.

– Villa is not at his best. I don’t know if he needs more minutes with their new teammates or if he’s going throught a bad patch, but he’s not the goalscorer he used to be.

– I don’t like Rubin’s tactic, but it’s valid, and it worked. Their match was almost perfect.

Valencia vs Manchester United

It’s difficult to create something with Albelda and Tino Costa as midfielders. With Manuel Fernandes it would have been better, obviously with Ever Banega, that was injured.

– Valencia is playing better with two strikers. The progression of Aduriz is beeing impressive, and he starts being a very complete forward.

– Manchester United is smaller without Rooney and Scholes. And I can’t think in many players who had wasted his talent as Dimitar Berbatov.

– Small things always help big teams. Manchester United was lucky, and they won a match that deserved a draw.

UCL 10/11: Week 2 Results

Group A

Internazionale 4 – 0 Werder Bremen

Tottenham 4 – 1 Twente

Group B

Shalke 2 – 0 Benfica

H. Tel-Aviv 1 – 3 Lyon

Group C

Rangers 1 – 0 Bursaspor

Valencia 0 – 1 Manchester United: 85′ Chicharito Hernández

Group D

Panathinaikos 0 – 2 Kobenhavn

Rubin Kazan 1 – 1 Barcelona: 30′ Noboa (pen) [1-0], 60′ Villa (pen) [1-1]

Group E

Basel 1 – 2 Bayern

Roma 2 – 1 Cluj

Group F

Spartak Moscow 3 – 0 Zilina

Chelsea 2 – 0 Marseille

Group G

Ajax 1 – 1 Milán

Auxerre 0 – 1 Real Madrid: 83′, Di Maria

Group H

Partizan 1 – 3 Arsenal

Braga 0 – 3 Shaktar Donetsk

Barcelona – Real Madrid: Highlights & Notes

El Clásico: the eternal ‘match of the century’, a game of feelings

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The most decisive match of the year, much more than 3 points are at stake, the whole world watching 22 men fighting on the ground, and so on…Many clichés and trivialities surround this beautiful football game which involves a long-time rivalry prompted by social, politic and of course sporting subjects.

Yet, we should point out one of those phrases we hear over and over during the previous week – “no matter whether they are in or off form, when the times comes no one knows what will happen”. Or paraphrasing Cristiano Ronaldo’s words, “it doesn’t really matter who will play the match”.

THE SURPRISE FACTOR

December 13th, 2008.

Barcelona beat Real Madrid (2-0, goals by Eto’o and Messi) five days after Bernd Schuster got the sack from his job at the Bernabéu stadium. The German manager told the media that it was “impossible to win the derby against Barcelona”, in the press conference after losing to Sevilla 3-4 at home. He was immediately fired, as Juande Ramos took the charge and ended up losing in the most important game of the year, as his predecessor had foretold.

We could say that was the first time in many years where we could see a final result which met the previous expectations. Mostly, the surprise factor plays an important role in these kind of matches – it did in the famous 3-3 tie, when Messi began to be recognized as one of the best players of the world thanks to his three goals, or in the last chorreo* (2-6), when Barça took the first step to achieve their famous treble.

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Many nights like this one

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It’s been said that Real Madrid’s lack of playing style is such a big handicap that nothing can level the balance in order to satisfy their fans, not even their effectiveness (specially when Ronaldo is in the pitch).

The continuous search for a certain style which suits the team’s history and its supporters’ polish taste usually ends up with the press making comparisons with Barcelona and their performances which let them win the treble in the last season.

Last night’s defeat against AC Milan in the Santiago Bernabéu stadium showed us many different aspects of this new galácticos version: the squad’s inaccuracy towards the opposite goal when Cristiano is absent, as we mentioned above, or the easy match their rivals can have if they’re kind of a serious team – Milan wasn’t that reliable team, but Alexandre Pato’s intervention was enough to win the game.

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La Liga’s Saturday matches: Deportivo-Sevilla, R.Madrid-Valladolid and Valencia-Barça – Goals & Highlights

La Liga missed a star called Wayne Rooney

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Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaká, Benzema, Ibrahimovic and Ribéry’s shattered signing – 4 world-class players that would have been 5 if the French man had joined Real Madrid.

How many times have they said that Premier League and Serie A got seriously affected by those sales to Real Madrid and Barcelona, respectively? Lots.

Here in this blog, we even said that Franck Ribéry was the last ace the Spanish League needed to leave European giants like Manchester United, Chelsea or Inter with no available stars to sign, at least no one valued at more than €60m.

What about Wayne Rooney? What if he came to Spain to play in La Liga? Yes, that would be certainly hard, I’d say almost impossible. Alex Ferguson wouldn’t let him go after seeing the Portuguese winger leaving England to play in the Bernabéu. Though, we all were entirely sure that the Scotch man wouldn’t allow him to take his bags and say goodbye to the Old Trafford crew. But he did.

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Saturday notes: Milan’s tragedy and Real Madrid’s start-up

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INTER 4-0 MILAN

– Milan’s tragedy came just in time: it’s been a long time since every single football fan noticed that AC Milan had become a team full of oldies with no hope of winning, with no hunger for victory. It seems they’re stubborn and they won’t change their strategies.

– There’s a man, though, who’s able to change those politics and push all of those old men out of one of the greatest clubs in soccer’s history. His name is Alexandre Pato.

– Yes, it was ridiculous. Inter laughed at Milan, they played them off the pitch, they trashed them. The final result wasn’t excessive though – it just showed where Inter and Milan are at the moment.

Milito, Eto’o, Sneijder, Maicon, Julio Cesar, Muntari and Lucio are nerazzurri.

Ronaldinho, Zambrotta, Ambrosini, Storari, Nesta and Flamini are rossoneri.

4-0, pure coincidence.

REAL MADRID 3-2 DEPORTIVO

– Juan Carlos Valerón will play great football in his 80’s.

– I can’t see Cristiano Ronaldo adapting himself to Real’s style. I can’t see it yet. He needs space. He needs the ball to be moved faster. He needs a dynamic game.

Lassana Diarra is the only star who’s shining in the ‘galactic’ panorama so far. He’s reaching a superb, incredible level. He got the 10 on his back after Sneijder left on his way to San Siro and he really deserves that shirt.

The Bernabéu crowd cheers as soon as he touches the ball. You should watch this man on the pitch. Trust me, it’s a great show which fascinates both supporters and rivals.

We will talk about him and his performances soon.

– I gotta feeling that tonight is gonna’ be a good night: if Kaka gets the hang of the Spanish playing style soon, and if he starts feeling comfortable moving between defensive lines and midfield lines, Real will be unstoppable, at least for those teams who play like Deportivo did today.

Today’s quote: “Gattuso, one of us!!”, Inter fans in Facebook group.

Today’s news: Robben makes his debut at Bayern and sends a message to Jorge Valdano by scoring 2 goals in his new team’s victory against Wolfsburg.

Today’s picture: Arsène Wenger on Old Trafford stands.

Today’s Liga results: Zaragoza 1-0 Tenerife (Arizmendi 73′).

Ribéry, last ace for Real poker

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It’s done. Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder will leave Real Madrid in the next few hours as they will sign with Bayern Munich and Inter Milano, respectively. These sales together with Álvaro Negredo’s to Sevilla bring to the ‘White House’ those €60m (₤53m) Florentino Pérez needs to afford Ribéry’s move from the German giants.

Why would Real Madrid sell two of their greatest footballers? Why would they want to lose their only left wing? It’s clear: just to earn some cash in order to buy the last ace for their poker, together with Ronaldo, Kaka and Benzema.

If the story ends this way, Florentino will have paid €308m (₤271m) to reinforce a team whose worst curse was simply the lack of a steady group capable of reaching the level of their Catalan rivals. On the other hand, the famous Spanish businessman would sort out the problem caused by the high capital injection introduced in the European football market, which brought important benefits for teams such as Manchester United or AC Milan. In other words, with the former Olympique de Marseille player in Spain’s capital, there wouldn’t be anymore aces on the table – the ‘red devils’ wouldn’t have any top level players avalaible to buy in order to recover their squad from Cristiano’s significant loss.

Franck Ribéry is the last avalaible start left on the European scene.

Today’s quote: “Zidane will be very happy if I sign with Real Madrid”, Franck Ribéry.

Today’s news: Barcelona signs up Chygrynskiy for €25m (₤22m), UEFA Champions League Draw.