Well, I guess I can’t avoid this write up any longer. None of us are in the best of moods tonight (especially if you are a Madrid, Arsenal or Liverpool fan), but screw it, my team is my team. Ride or die, people. HALA MADRID!
That said, I don’t ever want to see a picture like this again…
The game started out rather ominously – Carvalho scored early on but it was disallowed. Surely more goals would come, right? Erm, not so much. To be honest, the first half was atrocious and rather boring. Di Maria had some good chances, but oh lordy, the diving MUST STOP. Seriously. It’s like a dinner theater production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf all up in there. Too. Much. Drama.
Sigh. Everything was just so frigging difficult today. Even El Pirata bulge isn’t cheering me up. That’s a crime!
Sergio pulled a yellow card at 43′ and so the first half ended with a whimper, not a bang. Score 0-0. Argh. At 57′, Pirata was subbed out and the moment we’ve all been waiting for happened: The return of Pipita!
Oh boy, it was soooo good to see him and he made an immediate impact. He had a near miss and the team just looked perkier overall. It wasn’t enough, sadly. De las Cuevas scored at minute 79′ and we just couldn’t equalize. Sami had a couple of good shots cleared. A tip of the hat to Sporting’s goalie Juan Pablo. He did a good job of saving the shots we did have on goal. Ozi was rather invisible today and overall, it was not a good performance for us. I think that everyone is just bloody exhausted from international duty and now we have a month of endless play in front of us. However, onward and upward. We’ll just keep plugging away. Even Pique says La Liga isn’t over until it is over. Barca didn’t look too good today either, people. Everyone is tired and/or injured.
Well, that’s that. Sorry this is just such a minimalist post – I’m just not ready to relive this clusterfuck of a game right now. I need time to heal. Let’s just focus on Champions League and the Copa del Rey now. Special note: Mou was pure class tonight – he shook the hand of everyone of his players as they came off the field and then went to the Sporting locker room to congratulate them. You’re the best, Mou! (Here’s his post-match press conference).