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Ahh, don't worry bro... It's just early morning dew - temporary. They'll go back there soon enough. We'll be back to our feet soon. :)
Alex, I think, to be honest, Javi Martinez was the one. But he's gone.
Alonso is hard to replace because he's a deep-lying playmaker with extraordinary defensive awareness. They're so rare.
Alright Alex, Penny for your thoughts on my latest article? Saw your name on a few of my critics' pages and thought you might like to contribute as a Madrid fan! Cheers.
Thanks so much for the fan add, Alex. :-)
Hey, thanks for the fan add. :)
Ok, that will do. Like I have mentioned before, I like debating and I try support any of my arguments. I know I have been too hard on Madrid and even disrespectful at times (like calling them "Moudrid". I meant it as a fun thing, but people took it the wrong way, hence I stopped). It doesn't bug me that you have been targeting my comments, but rather that you are saying false things like I never give Madrid any credit or that I fail to criticize Barcelona. That is simply not true and you could ask someone like Michael Cerna, but I wouldn't bother him with such a thing. Now, I can't promise that I won't deliver sharp criticisms in the future, but what I do guarantee is that I will try to be more respectful and thoughtful with my comments. And yes, I do love my Barca and have followed them long enough to display confident loyalty and decent knowledge. Unfortunately, some people have called me a bandwagon fan, too. Well, of course I am bandwagon fan; I jumped aboard during the Ronaldinho era. You have to start somewhere, especially if you are not from Barcelona and if you didn't "inherit" the team from your family. Yeah, I'm sorry to have provoked so many people.
Now, let’s do some fun facts:
Is Busquets a diver, cheater, and possibly even a racist? Yes he is.
Is Pepe a thug AND a diver? Yes he is. He’s even dived and kicked a player (his own teammate Arbeloa) on the same play. He’s also a world-class defender.
Is Alexis Sanchez a diver? Yes he is. A very bad one at that because he dives constantly and doesn’t get any calls, so I don’t get why you are complaining. WE Barcelona fans have more reason to complain because of all the attacking plays he has interrupted or ruined because of his diving.
Is Di Maria the best diver in the business? Probably (he definitely knows how to do it, unlike Sanchez), or did you forget the great number of penalties he earned for Madrid and for Ronaldo’s personal count the past couple of years?
Is Mascherano suspicious? Yes he is.
Is Dani Alves a pathetic diver and all-around instigator who provoked a red card from Pepe (it should have been a yellow)? Yes he is. I can’t stand him anymore. I want him out of Barcelona.
Have David Villa and Pedro Rodriguez dived against Madrid? Yes they have. Can they be considered perennial divers? No.
Do Barcelona players get jumpy and surround refs in important games? Yes they do.
Do Madrid players get jumpy and surround refs in important games? Yes they do. (Don’t tell me they don’t, or that Mourinho doesn’t throw tantrums or threaten linesmen and waits for refs in the parking lot.)
Is Sandro Rossel an asshole? I don’t know, but I detest him. Is Florentino Perez an idiot when it comes to football? Yes he is. (Madrid fans would argue against that. Beckham over Ronaldinho anyone?)
Did he do well in handing Mourinho so much power and supporting EVERYTHING he does? Probably (the farthest Florentino Perez is from making actually football decisions, the better)
Did Sergio Ramos brutally kick Messi at the end of the 5-0? Yes he did.
Did he only get suspended one game for that unsportsmanlike aggression? Yes he did.
Has he kicked Messi before? Yes he has.
Do I like Sergio Ramos? I DO! I actually do. He’s also a world-class defender and unlike Pepe, I think his passion for the game gets the better of him at times. He’s not a malicious thug like Pepe. He shows he can co-exist with Barcelona players when he plays for Spain, and he has formed a hell of a partnership with Pique.
Have Barcelona players ever kicked Ronaldo just for the hell of it? BIG NO. So, don’t be crying about a little elbow by a Levante player. It might do Ronaldo some good. I’m surprised it doesn’t happen more often. Besides, it might make his features more rugged, he might get even more chicks. Irina doesn’t really cut it for me. So, that’s a win for him.
Have Madrid players ganged up on Messi or taken turns fouling him to try to take him out of the game as part of Mourinho’s strategy? BIG YES. (If you can’t see that, then you are really blind. Mourinho has even played Pepe as a defensive mid before to try to simply stop Messi with any means possible.)
Do Barcelona have a violent anti-Ronaldo strategy? No. That’s why I say Ronaldo has it a lot of easier than Messi in clasicos. Ronaldo doesn’t have to worry about trying to break a tough defense while being man-marked by a thug or with players taking turns fouling him.
Has Mourinho cowardly poked the eye of an opposing coach for no reason? Yes. Viggo Mortensen, a Madrid fan, called him out for doing that and said Mourinho was lucky that Tito Vilanova is a gentleman. A more street-wise coach like Diego Simeone might have kicked his ass, according to Viggo.
Is Mourinho a brilliant coach and strategist? Yes
Has he parked the bus and done cowardly things in some big moments? Yes.
Because of everything I just listed, Barcelona and Madrid fans shouldn’t really be calling each other out on things like cheating and diving. Both parties are guilty. Now, the one thing Barcelona is not guilty off is cynical, gratuitous violence within the actual game of football.
Yeah, let's get this out of the way you can't stop your pathetic targeting of me everywhere you see my comments. It’s getting tiresome really fast. Maybe we can make peace and engage in decent discussions, just like I have done with other Madrid fans. My best friend is a Madrid fan, with parents and family all from Madrid. So you can see how biased and simple-minded I am. Maybe you can also stop making things up about me, like saying I’m unable to criticize Barcelona’s people.
Based on everything you write to me, your "about" paragraph in your profile page seems a little hypocritical. I question that respect you say you have for Barcelona. You answered my claim of bad calls against Madrid in the second leg of the CdR but totally ignored my other point. Madrid wouldn’t have been close to Barcelona in the second leg if that ref had done his job in the first leg. Nearly all of Madrid’s defenders (or at least Pepe, Carvalho, and Coentrao for sure) could have seen red in the first leg. You would have been stuck with Albiol and Varane for the second leg.
I always call it like I see it, the good and bad. If you don't like it, that's too damn bad. Do I need to state obvious things like "Mourinho is one of the very best coaches in the world" and "Ronaldo is one of the best players ever" to convince you that I try to be reasonable with my arguments? You tell me. Do I hate them in football terms? Yes, I do. I don't know them outside of football, so obviously I don't have an opinion of themselves as actual people.
Here is the last part of my season review:
Hope you enjoy. :-)