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Michael is a Featured Columnist for Barcelona, Real Madrid and La Liga. He also focuses on the Spanish National Team.
Hi Michael, Im back to my old account!!!Hows work
Hi Michael! well the Atleti machine continues to roll , great win against Athletic, the Koke-Costa combo has been fantastic and Villa is finding form at the right moment, i'm still a bit worried that depth will cause them problems later on but so far so good.
Also what's your view on the Barca defense, it has been surprisingly solid, but do you think it will keep it's form for the rest of the season and especially in the CL knock out stages.
By the way, Real Madrid's backline is a an absolute mess.
No worries about the time, no problem at all.
Well, the fans are at it again. Once again, they jump to quick conclusions. One minute a flop, the next minute a hero. In my opinion, Bale should never have been bought, 60 million or 100 million. I never doubted his talent and knew he would succeed here. But my problem was the cost of doing that. In getting a good thing, we might have given away even more (Ozil). Just a matter of taking a step forward, yet two steps back.
Rayo and Sevilla aren't exactly tough to break down, but we'll see.
I have been pretty mad at Benzema lately. His link-up play is outstanding, yet his inconsistency has been frustrating to say the least. But he has been pretty good this past week.
I agree with you completely on calming down. Heaping praise or critisicm will NOT help.
What you said earlier about the fans putting gigantic pressure on the club, due to Real Madrid being a "big club" made perfect sense. I mean, look at Lyon in the last decade. They had an absolute monopoly on France, and they also had some good runs in the Champions League. Lyon didn't care about football at all during that time. It was pretty much more luxury than recreation there. All the football was in Marseilles and Saint-Ettiene at the time. So Lyon's football team had absolutely no pressure. They were free to experiment, without fear of failure. The result? Continuous success. Of course, they are now lingering near the bottom of Ligue One, but they had a good success in the 2000s.
Did I give you an impression that I was a Chelsea fan? I'm not, sorry. But they are my favorite English team. And yeah, Arsenal usually have a torrid December/January. But it feels different this time around. IDK, one transfer window can alter a whole season. Let's see what happens. I predict Chelsea to win their home leg in the Premiership, with Arsenal winning their leg at the Emirates.
I think Arsenal will be top come January, but I predict the January transfer window to not be as busy as Arsenal fans have thought. This, in turn, will be a slight obstacle. Yet, I think Arsenal will be in the top 3 by May. I'm hoping for a Arsenal/Chelsea 1st/2nd place finishes, City third with Liverpool in fourth. I hope United finish in Europa positions, haha.
I wanna hear your predictions. No if's, no but's:
-Who will win this year's UCL?
-When will RM finally win no. 10?
-Could Atleti breach the top 2 (or even challenge for title) in the next 3-5 years?
-Could Real Madrid EVER be a stable, efficient, healthy dynasty?
Sorry for that last one. I am just desperate for RM to have a brain. Sorry for the long response, lol. And thanks for the feedback
Exactly! The fans are too impatient, as is Perez.
Manuel Pellegrini is a prime example. He had the highest points tally (before Mourinho came, of course) in the league and the best winning % of any Real Madrid manager. But unfortunately, Barcelona happened to be at their unstoppable best at the same time. That Real Madrid team played beautiful football. And Pellegrini was the only manager to get the best out of Ronaldo as a no. 9. He was sacked because he lost to Lyon in the Round of 16 and Barcelona late on in the league. Which, to be honest, is completely unfair and those 2 defeats mask what he really accomplished. Although, the Alcorcon result wasn't exactly pleasing.
The thing is, everyone is anticipating La Decima. And that puts pressure upon everybody. We came oh so close in 2012, but Ramos had to miss :/.
You look at every stable dynasty and you see a common core. The Barcelona of late, they have had a philosophy of possession, implemented youth, had a great tactician, and a willing director of sport. Bayern Munich has a common core of strict rules, economic restriction, banning of the release clause, and so many other little intricate things that make for an extremely positive work ethic. Nobody, and I mean nobody, wants to leave Bayern Munich (bar Gustavo and Gomez). You saw last year, many star players were benched, yet none said a word. Robben, Tymoschuk, Contento, Van Buyten, Starke, Rafinha, Luiz Gustavo, Mario Gomez, etc. Jupp Heynckes was provided more time, after achieving a disappointing 2nd place finish everywhere. It later bore fruit, as he won the treble the next year.
Shutting up the spoiled fans and the idiotic fool Florentino Perez is near impossible. We always fall victim to the media. We don't address proper needs in the transfer windows. No patience, whatsoever. I feel Perez needs to go and we need to appoint a director of football. So far, they work for everyone. Franco Baldini at Tottenham, Txiki Begiristrain at Man City, Leonardo before he left PSG, Hoeness and Rummenigge at Bayern, etc.
The only thing that gives me hope is that if Chelsea could win the thing, then SURELY we can. But year after year, I am left with a bitter taste in my mouth.
No worries about the long comment, I actually enjoyed reading it. Thanks for the feedback.
Hey Michael this was originally Will before those account problems. How have you been? Atletico are killing it. THe Koke-Costa combo is currently the best in La Liga. Neymar is literally copying Messi and successfully at times which is exciting. Madrid are woeful and can't do without Ozil as Isco always looks to score than set up. La Liga is finally surprising at the top!!! Roma are amongst the top 3 teams in Europe. What are they doing so new? I havnt seen Serie A due to lack of time.
Lol, well Atleti continue their terrific start, like you mentioned winning at the dragao is very tough, the fact that they won while playing badly for most of the game makes it even more remarkable, and they were without Costa, Suarez and Koke only played the last few minutes( still made an impact though). It looks like they mean business this year.
Thanks Michael! yes i'm afraid that depth will cause them problems, but like I said before Simeone might have something up his sleeve, tonight's game against Porto should give us a taste of what's to come.
Also what do you think of Tiago? he's had a very good start to the season and I was surprised at how good he was in the derby.
Hey Michael! what a win for Atleti, they made Real look toothless for almost the entire match, a,d with some better finishing it would have been a thrashing, Koke showed Isco who the boss is, Costa is just brilliant, if only he wasn't such a jerk, and Filipe imo is the best LB in Spain.
So what do you think? are Atletico legitimate title contenders? or will they fade out like last season ?
Hey, Michael. Might I say you are a brilliant tactical analyst/football analyzer?
A few questions:
-Real Madrid are early favorites for the Champions League. But I can't see us winning it with our current issues. Our issues that I see are as follows:
-Our fullbacks stray too far into attack
-Our central defense gets no support from our midfield
-Our central defense looks toothless without Varane
-We have no gritty defensive midfielder at times (Khedira does, but sometimes he doesn't)
-Gareth Bale isn't exactly the ideal signing. He is more of the counter-attacking mould, rather than the technical orientated player of Ancelotti's silk
-Without Ozil, we have no creator. Isco is a creator, but he is a scorer first.
-Do we rely too much on Ronaldo?
-We don't have a reliable no. 9. Benzema is just AWFUL. He only performs in the UCL.
-Morata and Jese need more gametime
-We have no depth at the no. 10 position. If Isco gets injured, who will replace him? Bale? Modric?
-The media will have a field day with the Lopez-Casillas debacle. It might ruin our off-the-pitch chemistry.
-We suck in Germany
-The pressure is sky high on trying to win La Decima
Can you give me some reasons as to why Madrid can overcome these many obstacles?
Hey Michael how was your work trip? Atletico were pretty dominant as expected. Sadly I am blinded by sadness at how atrocious and hopeless Chelsea were against Basel. Mourinho should also be given a hard time for tinkering too much and trying new things in an important encounter. We should have played Mata and Oscar and there was no fluency. Mikel should start. I could go on ranting but forget it.
Di Maria was brilliant for Madrid and Ronaldo looked hungry after a new contract.
Arsenal werent dominant but were a class above Marseille.
Bayern, Barca, PSG dominant with a Messi hattrick and a wonder goal by Weiss against PSG.
La Real were good but showed their inexperience against a ruthless Shaktar
United dominated Leverkusen..
BvB Napoli was a great game though a Weidenfeller red card was a handicap.
Just ask for any insight though obviously I am not that great an analyst as Sam or Allan or someone.
How do you think ucl will shape up? I hope Chelsea make it to the last 16.