1 El Clasico Down, 1 to Go….for now

27 Aug

After yesterday’s Liga result, I thought I’d get to this recap first since the first leg of the Supercopa was a much better turn out. Sure, we lost….BUT we did score first, got two away goals, and we had Di Maria – oh how I loved that little moment with Valdes! Di Maria’s goal made the loss bearable, I think. And best of all, we still have a chance to win this thing. In two days time, the first title of the season will be decided and it’ll be on our home turf. Vamos Real!….and if we don’t win, we didn’t want it in the first place. 😉

It was odd not seeing Pep on the bench for this match, it’s still a bit weird knowing he’s not with Barca anymore. I guess I’ll just have to get used to Vilanova. Yay Mou, for being a good boy!

Well, it’s not the friendliest of faces but at least he kept his hands to himself.

I’d prefer Arbie get this kind of tangled with his own teammates, thank you very much.

Again…tangle with your own teammates!!

“RAWR!”

Hello Xabooty.

If at first you don’t succeed, pick yourself up or Sergio will do it for you.

LOVE Callejon’s face here! A man who can work his eyebrows like that…ahhh!

At the end of the first half, I couldn’t decide whether I was more proud that the boys held their own for 45 minutes at the Camp Nou, or if I was more bummed that the match was turning out to be the least uneventful Clasico ever. When you’re promised drama & thrills, you tend to expect it! Well, just about two seconds after saying that I needed to see a goal (even if it was one of Barca’s) CRISTIANO made my Madridista heart sing! Bless his fabulous forehead and bless Ozi’s corners. Oooh-we it felt good to score first and at the Camp Nou too! With his goal, Cristiano became the first Real Madrid player to score four games in a row at the Camp Nou. Woot! Woot!

And…………….60 seconds later, no more happy happy joy joy. We weren’t given that much celebration time before Pedro swooped in on our fun & scored, though he was offside. Shortest lead ever, boo!

“Bitches be stealing my moment!”

“Quit stealing our moments.”

Following Pedro’s equalizer, Mou made some changes. Pipita came on for Benz in the 61st minute and Di Maria came of for Callejon in the 66th.

Barca’s next two goals came shortly after one another, not a fun eight minutes for us. Sergio’s foul on Iniesta landed Barca with a penalty that Messi converted and then Xavi scored his teams turd..I mean third, but what was up with his goal celebration anyways?

If the poor guy didn’t slip due to all the excitement, he would’ve got a proper hug!

“I made a stinky!”

The minutes leading up to these two goals weren’t our best, but thanks to Fideo, he brought the smiles back! In an attempt to clear the ball, Valdes….well he found himself in a mighty embarrassing sitch. You better make sure you have complete control of the ball when you dribble past Di Maria, kid will steal that thing, put it away, and make a fool out of you!

Ah, what joy can be found in such instances like these! In the end, I don’t think this was a bad turn out for the first Clasico of the season, no fighting can do wonders! I’m a little anxious for Wednesday to get here already, we just need to keep calm and score. As long as we do that, we can walk away proud, no matter the outcome. HALA MADRID!

Pics & Gifs via GFSports and xiaoyao0620.

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Post Match Comments:

Mou:

On Callejon – “He played very well. In the first half he didn’t have much impact on the offensive play, because the opponents played in the midfield but in the second half he played very well. He did his job and set up the match so that Di María appeared in a different match. I wanted to see Callejón in an important match like this. He is a very good replacement in my opinion and he has shown that he can compete with the rest to be a first team player. He played very well.”

On Kaka’s exclusion – “We brought 18 players for this game, plus Morata and Nacho, in case anything happened in the warm-up. But he didn’t feature in my plans. I knew that if I needed attacking changes I had Higuaín and Di María; I had Granero and Lass for midfield and two defenders, Marcelo and Varane, if I needed any defensive changes. Kaká didn’t feature in my plans.”

“Everyone experiences the heat. Not just us, and that is why we spent the pre-season in even harsher climates. We also played last week. In the second half the team has played completely differently. Despite the fact that it should worry me, I enjoyed all three teams. I didn’t like Barcelona’s first goal because it was a serious mistake from the linesman but it doesn’t matter. I don’t want to criticize the important decisions from the match. I am trying not to be critical throughout the season and less so for the second match.”

Marcelo:

“The title is completely undecided. We have to work had and keep focus because it’s going to be a tough match. But we’ll be playing at home and we can expect our fans’ support.”

Albiol:

“We managed the most difficult part, which was scoring the first goal, but we soon lost the advantage and they caught us in a complicated moment. But we played well and made a big effort. It would have been better to win or draw but it’s not a bad score. We never lost face.”

“At first we didn’t have enough possession. When we recovered the ball we lost it again soon after and moved back to defend. But in the second half we improved and had more possession. After some very complicated moments, 3-2 isn’t a bad score.”

Iker:

“Their first goal came from a questionable move, one of our aims was to score at the Camp Nou and we’ve done that twice. We are more or less pleased with the result. In these types of games there are controversial moments, emotions, clashes, dedication… it’s normal, it’s football and everyone is trying their best for the club.”

“We controlled the ball well and we didn’t experience much difficulty when we didn’t have the ball. We’ve played two official games and there is a long way to go. We must go step by step and reach the end of the season with all options open.”

Butragueno:

“The second half was an extraordinary spectacle. We were ahead 0-1, but they equalled the scores shortly after. There were then various minutes where the team felt comfortable and played closer to their opponents’ area. But Iniesta came along and upset the balance. They had an opportunity for their fourth goal and, curiously enough, in the following play we scored, making it 3-2.”

“All the players are mentally prepared for the importance of these matches. The Spanish Super Cup could go either way. It will be a very attractive second leg match and with the fans’ support I’m sure we’ll be able to win and give our supporters more cause for celebration.”

Sergio:

“No one questions that Pepe is important to the team, but we have a very large squad and Albiol has stood in for him very well. He’s proven that he’s also perfectly capable of being in the starting line-up.”

Arbeloa:

“I’m optimistic, there’s still the second leg to go and you have to be cool-headed. We arrived here very motivated and we didn’t want to lose. Perhaps their first goal conditioned the match to some degree.”

Di Maria:

“We knew what we were going up against, Barcelona always plays the same way, and we wanted to play as we have been in our last matches in the Camp Nou. I think we did really well. We stood up to them until the end.”

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HALA MADRID!!!!

-Maisougio

11 Responses to “1 El Clasico Down, 1 to Go….for now”

  1. kristine August 27, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    Sigh..I am trying to be optimistic,really, I am.but our boys tend to play better away, than at home. Arggghhhh. These 3 games had me praying to a god I don’t believe in, severly chewed nails and screaming “Just do it”! At the top of my lungs over and over!
    Please Universe! Just let us win!

  2. Katie Ann August 27, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    Omg, the “RAWR!” caption cracked me up. Yeeeeesssss. Also, not the most relevant remark ever, but… I’m not the only one who thinks Iker’s socks are ridiculous, right? They make me laugh every time I see them.

  3. Svfya August 27, 2012 at 8:39 pm #

    Couldn’t stop laughing at Sergio picking up the Barca player! It’s becoming quite a thing for him; I saw a gif where he picked up Iker in the last match too. Love that! 😀

    btw does anyone know why he has both 1st and last names on his shirt while everyone else seems to only have their last name? just curious

    • jellyace August 27, 2012 at 11:30 pm #

      I think that’s his new karmic vision: “I dropped the Copa Del Rey, so now I must pick people up.”

      • maisoun August 27, 2012 at 11:38 pm #

        Lmao! That’s totally it.

        • jellyace August 28, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

          I think he figured that out while having one of those “Deep Thoughts with Sergio Ramos” photo sessions.

          • headbandsandheartbreak August 28, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

            Perhaps the one where he was reflecting while wearing the jersey of Lebron James? Or do you think it was during the pregnancy PSA one? 😉

            • jellyace August 29, 2012 at 10:18 am #

              I think it was the lying on the edge of the pool at sunset one.

    • MissLadya August 28, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

      I think it comes down to personal choice. Most choose to only use their last name (Ronaldo, Benzema, Özil, etc.), while others use their first name (Marcelo) or nickname (Pepe, Xavi <- yeah, yeah, Barca player). Sometimes Iker's shirt has "I. Casillas" on it. Whichever they prefer. Perhaps, since Ramos is a somewhat common name, Sergio added his first name to avoid confusion should they play against a team who also has a player named Ramos(?) Am just spit-balling here 🙂

  4. CinematiqueChic August 27, 2012 at 10:08 pm #

    The gif of Sergio picking Alexis up never stops being funny.

    I feel good about the return leg. Two days to go!

  5. MissLadya August 28, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

    Mesut’s legs … why you so damn appealing?? XD

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