Remembering the days when I was a boy. Laying down on my bed, with my dad sitting next to me. Telling me stories of the 1970s. The 70s, possibly the greatest era of Peruvian Futbol. He told me stories of El Nene Teofilo Cubillas, how he was one of the best the world had ever seen. Telling me how his thunderous shot that gave Per u its 1st world cup win since the 30s, sent the entire nation into euphoria. Telling me of "El Capitan de America" Hector Chumpitaz, bruising every player that stood in his way. Telling to opposition to dare to come at him. I still await the day, where I can tell my own kids stories about Peru. But what is there to tell? 32 years of Failure? 32 years of false hope? 32 years Developing some of the best players in this world, and yet, we cannot reach the World Cup? 32 years of losses that hurt our hearts? 32 years of wins that never mattered? One day I hope I can tell my kids, The speed and technique of Jefferson "La Foquita" Farfan toying with other players. The stamina and courage of Juan "El Loco" Vargas, tirelessly running up and down the pitch. The spectacular saves of Raul "Superman" Fernandez. The strength and heart of Jose Paolo "El Depredador" Guerrero, The vision and intelligence of Rinaldo Cruzado, The imitating Alberto "El Mudo" Rodriguez and then, Our captain, Claudio "El Bombadero de los Andes" Pizarro. But when they are alive and growing up, they will watch the incredible speed of Yordy " El Rey" Reyna, Edison "Orejas" Flores, the future of Real Madrid and Peru, Cristian "Chaval" Benavente. One day I hope. One Day.
People nowadays look at Real and one name comes to mind, Cristiano Ronaldo. No doubt, he is one of the best players of this generation. But when I hear the name Real Madrid, I think of Zidanes incredible volley in our last CL triumph, Di Stefano and Puskas in the 50s and 60s, the "original" Ronaldo, the Mexican hero Hugo Sanchez and among other things that made Real one of the most iconic and popular clubs in the world. People will always hate, saying we haven't won the CL in a decade, how we are inferior to Barcelona(never ever), but through all the talk, and all the heartbreak. Im a Madrid fan until I am deceased.
I agree about Carvajal.
Juventus's Marotta confirmed that they met with Real Madrid. If Pogba were to hypothetically come, I'd have to say I'd have mixed feelings. Would you be glad if he came? What would you pay? And who would you sell from our current set-up?
That midfield Sunday needed a Khedira. As I recall you are pro-Casillas, so I am sure this only ignites the interest in reinstating him (me, too).
Did you catch the Spain-Germany U21 game? Isco and Morata were heavenly.
But we still need to keep our feet on the ground. Hopefully Ancelotti instills intense focus.
POETRY. IN. MOTION.
It will be an extremely pivotal month. If we come through unscathed, we might actually win stuff again (I can't tell you how much I've missed that feeling). But let's wait and see, because it is MUCH more easier said than done.
Okay, here is my Schalke lineup:
I would start Illarramendi since he is a specialist in sucking the momentum out of high pressing opposition and relieving possession for Real Madrid. Plus, he has been immense defensively. Plus, if Alonso doesn't have the ball, he might be fatigued and outran off the ball. Angel di Maria is a must, for me.
I am extremely nervous for the Schalke game, along with the derby del Madrileno and El Clasico. If we get past these four games, I might actually smile!
This Schalke game should look like a victory for Real, with some troubles, but I am always that superstitious fan that (even if their team is leading 120-0) is ALWAYS cautious. I guess that's a good thing sometimes. But even though Jens Keller is extremely incompetent as a manager, a Schalke team in Europe isn't exactly unlucky. Julian Draxler has JUST returned in time. So whether he starts or not should be a mystery. Prince had a career game in Leverkusen, and he has done well with Neustatder. And Meyer and Farfan are always going to be threats. And then we have Atleti just 4 days later.
What do you think will be RM's outcome come the end of March?
Thanks, Irving! I wanted to focus more on the RM perspective, but you are right.
I never thought of it that way before. Also, did you notice how Villareal were giving us space throught the lines? Many of Pepe's long balls were pretty awful, but the Villareal mids were a bit stagnant. Laterally, the Villareal players were far too spread out, giving us more room to play the ball.
Bale was certainly being the recipient of things on the night.
As for the complacency, let's hope RM stop with that nonsense. They were way too passive on the ball after their "safety lead". We can't afford that against the vastly-improved Schalke.
Okay, in the Liga derby del Madrileno: Jese or Bale?
And were the pictures able to be read?
Hey, Irving. Would you mind checking out my tactical analysis on the Villareal game? I would really appreciate it!
Just do two things:
1. Do it on a desktop/laptop. Much more clearer.
2. When you get to the pictures, click on them. If they're still a bit small, zoom in some more. And read the captions!
Make sure to tell me what you think. I know you're good with tactics. Thanks!
What's your opinion on Wayne Rooney? Personally, I am not a fan.
I know he's an extremely intelligent and gifted footballer. He (like Benzema) is a deep lying forward. His passing from deep, his shooting, his pure speed, his pressing, his defensive work. It sounds really good, right?
Yet, I would hate another egotistical prima-donna. He could have the highest wages (never), play all the games, and win everything, yet he'd probably still make problems. Maybe I'm being paranoid, but you can never be sure with Rooney.
Also, off-the-pitch, he NEVER works. His weight has been a recurring issue for a while now. He's lost some of it, but come the summer break, alcohol and food will have consumed his lazy hours.
Plus, why exactly do we need him. We have a younger Benzema. I'm not willing to sacrifice another odd two months or so for Rooney to "acclimatize to life in Madrid", like we do every year for Perez's shiny new toy.
That's just my opinion. What do you make of the rumors?
Yeah i agree
YESS!!! today was a good day for us. But this adds more pressure on us to not screw up. This is our chance to claim the top spot for the first time this season. I hope carlo sticks with that 4-3-3 and Ramos and Pepe don't go back to defending like school boys, they've been solid so far. We have 3 and a half tough fixtures coming up. We have Espanyol to deal with in both legs of the CDR, then granda and Athletic Bilbao.
I'd say we try our best to kill Espanyol off in the first leg then park it and score one or two goals in the second leg just to be safe. Espanyol can be hard to beat, Thoughts?