Down to Four

9 Apr

They should be made to stand like this whenever they lose or draw. If we have to suffer, we deserve unlimited hours of Manty ogling.

It’s matches like yesterday’s that make me wish I knew all of you personally, because I need me some hugs when we lose points! :( I’m not looking to go on a random stranger hug spree & accumulate restraining orders so I’ll get my comfort from this post and your comments. At least we can say it wasn’t for lack of  trying that the boys didn’t score & win, luck just wasn’t on our side and Valencia did no better. AAAH but it sucks ass to draw!!! Don’t mind me if I have a couple bipolar moments, I can’t decide if I want to be accepting or angry just yet… And how about them goal posts? Enemies one second & saviors the next. Sometimes things just work out this way, don’t get me wrong, it still hurts like a mother but how about we cheer up some with piccies, some optimism, and easter candy binges. Join me?

That's an awfully foreboding face, Mou....no me gusta.

We also saw a lineup sans Sergio, due to suspension. Is missing Sergio the new Xabi effect? Without them, bad things happen?

Guaita was pretty good at stopping everything that came his way, his left goal post was pretty bomb at denying Cris too.

I was so sure that after a strike like that, we were only minutes away from scoring a beauty but like I said…no such luck. Ricardo Costa got the same goal post treatment, though I didn’t feel bad at all when he missed.

Oh San Iker, how we love you so!! Honestly what would we do without him? We easily could have lost all three points if it weren’t for our holy bumble bee and his awesome saves. He’s alllll ours, which reminds me of an absolute shit article I read that said Mou wanted to trade Iker…uh sure thing buddy. Like that would ever happen, jajajajajajajajajajaja…ok getting back on track now.

"Man of the Match, what what??"

"I yam...how you say tan fabuloso?"

"You're not Pipa!! I don't like this!!"

*Booty Pop*

Too much booty to keep his balance, there's too much of a gravitational pull on that thang!

The 2nd half brought player changes that everyone was calling for & hoped would be big game changers. Di Maria coming on for Pipita was the first change.

And then there was that moment…the awkward flailing about that Di Maria did.

Sure, he was being a little too Di Maria & over dramatic but WTF? I thought it was common knowledge that you don’t grab someone from behind unless you’re looking to get knocked out. Thankfully, Angelito decided to just turn over & lay low…we didn’t need any fights started!

The next subs made were Kaka for Sami & Callejon for Ozil. I was putting all my faith in Callejunny Bunny, but it was Benz who came up with the DOUBLE chance to score. Grrrrrrrrr.

Poses like this do help me forgive mistakes...

Shots like this are even better! Thanks Ra-Ra-RAUL!

Bingo!

And then there are the poses that break your heart & make you feel bad for being angry with the team in the first place!

I can’t even look at Ozi for too long. :'( It’s like he’s that little boy in the purple sweats, once again, & someone put bebe in a corner! Those last minutes of added time were the worst, the boys tried ’til the end so you have to give them that.

Totallyyyyyyy feel this guy. When Kaka’s connections don’t come through, you gotta take matters into your own hands. ;) And if you still need further cheering up, forget this Valencia match & just remember the last one…

Now if that doesn’t put a smile on your face, there’s always chocolate. Or pretty mens to look at. Or both. Great, now I want a chocolate man!:P

Marcelosunshine, Madridistarey, Madridsocks, Crisbenzil

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Post Match Comments:

Karanka:

“Our players gave it all in 95 minutes and had many chances to score throughout the match. The crowd was there for us and the only thing we said in the dressing room after the game was that we must now focus on our next match.”

“The squad wants to play the next game. The players are looking forward to winning and continue working hard. The only thing left to do when wearing this shirt and crest is to keep fighting.”

“There were 80,000 people at the stadium, but if it is us who mention the referees anything can happen. There is little left; all that matters. The squad is united and looking forward to it. We have chances to win the title and we want to play to the end.”

“Everyone sees what happens and we just want referees to let us do our thing. I was booked tonight for talking to the fourth assistant referee. We can’t do anything about that. That’s the situation we’re in. We have faith in our work and in the club. The greater the adversity, the taller we stand.”

Iker:

“We had more chances than Valencia, but they also had several and we could have dropped more points. We earned an adverse result at the Bernabeu, but the match was beautiful and people must have enjoyed it both at the stadium and their homes.”

“Mentality is very important. The lead we had has been reduced, but we shouldn’t cry about it. We have a large lead, but it isn’t definitive and we must continue focusing on one game at a time. We must focus on winning against Atletico Madrid. This moves very quickly and we play many games in few days. We have to go on.”

“The derby will be a difficult match and we expect Atletico to be motivated, especially after their defeat against Levante and because they haven’t defeated us in a very long time. They’ve reached the Europa League semifinals and they have to continue winning in order to stay at the top of their game.”

“People can judge the referee’s performance from what they saw on TV. We don’t comment on that. We have to think about the derby.”

“Every match is vital and they’ll all be like finals, so we’ll think about Bayern Munchen, Sporting and Barcelona after facing Atletico, who are the ones that matter to us right now. We want to take three points we failed to take tonight. Real Madrid can lose the league title because we haven’t won it yet mathematically and there is a team close behind that also has a lot at stake. We cannot live just on the fact that our lead used to be 10 and 8 points strong.”

Xabi:

“We expected to take three points tonight, mainly because we played at our stadium, but there’s nothing we can do about it now. Every point is essential and we must focus on Wednesday’s match against Atletico Madrid.”

“We have the lead and, regardless of how large it used to be, we must move on. We’ll have to play two league games before our first match against Bayern Munchen.”

Arbeloa:

“We always think we’re going to win our games, but there is a lot at stake for all teams right now and Valencia gave a good performance. They devised a slow match and the referee didn’t help, which makes us despair somewhat.”

“We’re aware of how many games we have to play in the season and we would have settled for having a four point lead right now at the start of the campaign.” True, true…

“We have to do our best to win every match, starting with the ones against Atletico and Sporting. We have to win come what may on Wednesday. Atletico are a strong side that’s changed a lot with Simeone. The schedule they had this weekend didn’t help. The match will surely be difficult.”

Albiol:

“We played at home and expected to win. We had chances and failed to score. The match became crazy, but we have a four point lead and that’s important. We must now think about Wednesday’s match. This week will be tough. We expect Atletico Madrid to be aggressive and motivated to win. We’re going to concentrate hard to take three points. We have to win at the Calderon after drawing tonight. We do our best to win on every pitch.”

“Having a four point lead in the Clasico at Camp Nou would mean we defeated Atletico Madrid and Sporting.”

“There were a few controversial moments in tonight’s match, such as a penalty on Ronaldo. The referee didn’t give his best performance and the crowd was angry at him.”

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I’ll be wishin’ and hopin’ and thinkin’ and prayin, plannin’ and dreamin’ each night ’til Wednesday….well that only gives me two days but you get me. It’s all preparation for the derby with Atletico now. To the Vicente Calderon we go & I hope the boys bring their kick ass game and skill. HALA MADRID!!!

-Maisougio

15 Responses to “Down to Four”

  1. Rose April 9, 2012 at 10:49 pm #

    You’re posting like crazy today! Thanks for this, and a big virtual hug from me for all your efforts. I just saw the recap on Gol TV and Xabi had the most disappointed face after the game after he embraced a Valencia player. Damn handsome, but we’ve been seeing too much of that lately. Well all the boys look upset, but seeing Xabi like that makes me extra sad cause he seems so stoic otherwise.

    • maisoun April 9, 2012 at 11:10 pm #

      Thank you for the virtual hug :) Ahhh, Mr. Perfect should never be seen expressing disappointment! …..but since I have no doubt he’s as handsome as you say, I really want to see the pic haha

      • Rose April 9, 2012 at 11:50 pm #

        http://www.goltv.tv/es/video_es/?playid=1_11ud5ma5

        It’s at the very end, right after he hugs Pablo Hernandez. He looks pissed and disappointed, and well, really hot. I saw a gif on Tumblr earlier, but I can’t find it now.

        • maisoun April 12, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

          I forgot to thank you for finding that…thank you! ;)

  2. headbandsandheartbreak April 9, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

    When that shot of Ozil came on the screen, Shigs and I went “AWWWWWWW!” so loud!

    • maisoun April 9, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

      I know right? Ugh, he makes you just want to scoop him up, give him some OJ, and take him home….well you take him home, I just want to pet him ;)

      • Peter J (@recitaldepeter) April 10, 2012 at 9:32 am #

        That shot of Ozil was so beautiful in it’s own way. Who didn’t feel exactly like him at that moment? Utterly forlorn and helpless to change the result, in the same position as every fan like us watching the game on TV/our computer. He just had a better view ;)

  3. Laurean April 9, 2012 at 11:27 pm #

    This Easter has certainly been a frustrating and disappointing one with my real family as well as my Real Family. I hope this week turns out well. I send my hugs Maisougio! However, I must say, this game truly showcased these two wonderful goal keepers. I hope that we can pick up enough points to go to the Camp Nou with a comfortable lead. That’s all I ask. Finally, I do agree with you, Sergio’s presence has become one of necessity. Maybe this will help him see that he should work hard NOT to rack up the yellow cards!

    • Rose April 9, 2012 at 11:53 pm #

      Hope you and yours are alright! Sending good vibes your way.

  4. jellyace April 10, 2012 at 12:18 am #

    For a 0-0 match, it was quite exciting and thrilling. Wish we could have had a better outcome but both teams needed a win, and came off with only a point. But that’s better than a loss.

    To the Filipina Watishtas, I hope you catch La Liga Mondays 9pm (?) on AKTV (IBC 13). They replay only 1 La Liga match from the week and it’s usually Real Madrid’s match. I think the commentators are Madridistas! hahaha!

    Hugging all the Watishtas.

  5. Allison April 10, 2012 at 12:36 am #

    The goal posts were like the whomping willow at Hogwarts, just grabbing balls out of the air & hurling them back. But for a scoreless draw, it was still a very exciting match. And I’m trying very hard not to say anything about how exciting it is that you-know-who is only four teeny tiny little points away. ;)

  6. Izan April 10, 2012 at 4:18 am #

    when I saw Mesut like that…i felt sorry for him and teh others…my friend (Barca fan!) v. happy and can’t stop bullying me until today…I just can’t say more than…THEY’LL FIGHT FOR THE REST OF THE MATCHES LEFT!

    • Izan April 10, 2012 at 4:27 am #

      luckily Iker was so good that night!

  7. Anna April 10, 2012 at 6:52 am #

    that video at the end certainly cheered me up, and made me temporarily forget about the match… i mean, did you see el piratas hair?!?! i’m so glad that got cut.
    and i spent a good few minutes laughing at your pipa captions!
    and a 4 point lead is a whole lot better than what we had last season. it makes me really annoyed that arrogant barcelona fans (not trying to hate here) keep saying it’s pretty much a 1 point lead because we still have to play them?! i won’t actually be able to watch this clasico, which is probably a good thing for my nerves!

    • Anna April 10, 2012 at 6:53 am #

      and that gif of mesut :(

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