BenZil > Betis

24 Apr

Jose Mourinho, Cristiano Ronaldo, Alvarez Izquierdo

There’s no way to be sure, but it looks like the ref was introduced to Mou’s birdie, on Saturday….so how could I not start this thing with some feisty Mou action? The man knows how to get himself into trubs, that’s for sure, but one cannot help but admire his DILLIGAF (does it look like I give a fuck) attitude. He’s got his boys’ backs! Ok, that’s my Mouppreciation moment, let’s get to the goods.

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A moment of silence was observed in honor of the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing.

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Something we don’t get to see very often, Captain Marcelo! Though he didn’t get to wear the armband as long as we expected him to 😦 Another new face featured against Betis was Casemiro, the Castilla player on loan from Sao Paolo FC, who made his first team debut.

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An early Betis free kick & corner got the match going & hearts pumping, especially after their offside goal. Nosa fired at DLo, who saved the shot, but the scare came from Ruben, who scored with the rebound. Thank you, offside rule!

13′ The game ended for our happiest captain, in the 13th minute. Poor Marcelo, he stretched for an air ball and injured his hamstring in the process. It feels like we just got him back! 😦 After being stretchered off, he was replaced with Varane & Cristiano assumed the captain’s duties.

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EVERYONE’S reaction.

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After a very eventful start to the match, our boys started to press harder against Betis and Cristiano almost headed the first goal in, in the 21st minute, but since almost the entire first half was goalless, not for lack of effort, I’m going to share another appreciation moment….this time for the visiting side. Clearly, our team is the best looking in all of La Liga, but dayummmmm Betis has got it going on! Honorable mention goes to Adrián, José  Cañas, Javier Chica, Fabricio, Mario, Paulao, & Perquis. There are more, but ain’t nobody got time for that! 😉

Ok, enough of that, let’s switch gears and talk about…who? OZIIII! He managed to break through Betis’ defense & put the first goal away, with an assist from Benz. POW to the lower right corner!

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Real Madrid's Mesut Ozil celebrates his goal during their Spanish First Division soccer match against Real Betis at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid

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Real Madrid's Mesut Ozil celebrates a goal with teammate Karim Benzema during their Spanish First Division soccer match against Real Betis at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid

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Back from halftime, we were maintaining our lead & looking to up the scoreline, but the ref was standing in our way for the moment. In the 55th minute, Antonio Amaya took Cristiano down, in the box,  and the ref called for play to continue. No penalty for us.

No way we were going to rely on a penalty goal anyways, we didn’t need it. BENZ scored a few minutes later and he was assisted by the wronged man, Cristiano. They then proceeded to fly towards each other, lovingly, like little aeroplanes.

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Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo

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The tables turned in the 72nd minute, when Jorge Molina was chopped down by Nacho, an action that the ref deemed penalty worthy….so Molina dusted himself off & scored his side’s only goal of the night.

Sensing that the game needed some change, Mou made his last two subs (I’m refraining from making a joke about Pipita, Benz, & sandwich meats), Pepe for Modric & Pipita for Benz. The ref could’ve felt that our bench needed some changing too and sent Mou off, but thankfully he didn’t. Remember Mou & his birdie? Well he let the ref & officials have it for booking Cristiano over a light challenge in the 82nd minute.

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“Is this finger ok?”

For the remainder of the match, Albiol proved he’s worthy of minutes, spending the time saving RM from Betis’ last minute efforts. We may not see him play that often, but the man knows how to scoop shit off the line when it’s needed.

And for the finisher! In the 91st minute, Ozi capped his 150th match off with a brace. He popped that thang right into the net! GO OZI!

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Pics & Gifs via megustaelfutbol, tfortravis, & gfsports.

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Post Match Comments

From realmadrid.com

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Karanka:

Mesut Özil was the protagonist of the Whites’ victory, scoring two goals that were key to the 3-1 win. Aitor Karanka praised the German’s role, who played the entire match: “He couldn’t play in Bilbao and, as the Champions League match is on Wednesday, he has an extra day to recover. To have these feelings and gain that confidence after the match is good for him, especially because of the great performance he has made.”

Marcelo and Modric had to be withdrawn because of different physical problems. The assistant coach regretted both accidents: “Marcelo has felt it quite a lot. Luka looks like fatigue, but he said he felt something and we’ll need to see how it develops. It seems to be something to do with the muscle, when we asked him he said he felt something and that is the worst news from the match.” However, he ruled out a case of injury for Benzema: “Karim doesn’t appear to have anything, in theory.” And regarding the possible injury to Diego López, he said: “We don’t think it’s anything serious, we don’t think it’s very significant.”

When asked about if he was thinking about replacing Özil and Cristiano and if the injuries prevented that, he response was clear: “Making the first change for Marcelo so early affects the other two, but we hadn’t planned anything because the most important thing and what we wanted was to win the match. Mesut and Cristiano have played the 90 minutes, but without issues, which is important.”

The main news story with regards to the starting XI was the Castilla player Casemiro making his debut. Karanka also praised the role of the Brazilian player “a few weeks ago they asked me about him. We knew about him. He is a player that has played several games in Brazil, is World Champion with the Under-20s. In a match at home, with injuries in the team, we needed players with personality and experience and honestly he has played well. It was good for both him and Nacho.”

Finally he highlighted Nacho’s performance, who also played the full 90 minutes: “He made a great performance. He’s been our player since the start of the season. When we need him he always performs. He is the Castilla captain and one of the leaders. Furthermore, he trains with us and makes progress and plays in the matches that he can for us. It’s important for him to combine the two things.”

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Pepe:

Pepe played in the second half of the match against Betis, after replacing Modric. The Whites’ central defender was satisfied with the team’s performance at the end of the match: “The most important thing was to win and to carry on fighting. We played well in the first half and controlled the match more in the second half. They scored and put more pressure on us, but we managed to win the three points. The injuries are a shame because they are very important players for us, but we have a big squad.”

The defender also commented on the next matches in the Champions League and La Liga: “First we have to focus on Borussia, which is a very important match, in which the whole year’s work is at play. Then we have to be ready for the match against Atlético and be able to win.”

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Callejon:

The Real player regretted his two teammate’s injuries: “It’s too bad because we had bad luck with Marcelo and Modric, who are a bit hurt.” When asked about the match, the midfielder explained that they came up against a tough opponent: “It was a rough match, but we knew how to do things right and win. It’s clear that Betis is in the Europa League for a reason. They play well, they have good players and they do a good job away from their home turf. It was a good score and another win.”

Regarding his personal performance, Callejon explained: “I’m happy with my performance. I’m not as good in terms of goals as last year but that’s football, there are ups and downs, and you have to keep working.” He also commented on reserve player Casemiro: “He played a good game and he wasn’t at all nervous. He’s fit in really well with the group this week.”

Callejon also explain that the squad is taking things match by match and wasn’t thinking about Dortmund: “We can’t overlook La Liga because Atletico is right there. But now we’re going to try and win in Germany. We have to pick up a good score there so we can come to the Bernabeu with guarantees and try to make it to the final. This is the final stage, the most exciting, difficult and hardest.

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Casemiro:

Casemiro made his first-team debut against Betis and played the full 90 minutes. The Brazilian midfielder explained his feelings at making his debut for Real Madrid: “I am very happy. It is a dream and I will continue to work hard to have more opportunities, both with Castilla and the first team. My debut has finished with a victory and it is important for my career to play with great players. Marcelo and Kaká have helped me, I knew them from the Brazilian national team.”

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Nacho:

Nacho also played an important part in the win over the team from Andalusia. The defender answered questions from the press in the VIP area: “I am a team player. I play where the coach tells me to play and I am comfortable in all positions. I just want to play. We only thought about the match against Betis, we needed to win three points. It was an end-to-end game, and with the penalty it got a little complicated.”

The reserve team player spoke about the rest of his teammates and the next match in the Champions League: “This is a great squad and we are all going to do our bit when needed. Now we face Borussia, which will be a very hard opponent, but we are Real Madrid and we need to go for the win all the time.” When questioned about Casillas, he said: “He is another player, the captain. He appears to be calm and training well. When the opportunity arises he’ll be there.”

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HALA MADRID!!!

-Maisougio

18 Responses to “BenZil > Betis”

  1. Suse April 24, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    Benz and Cris running towards each other – how I love my happy boys!

    • Mehreh April 24, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

      such a beautiful sight. le croissant and the extra crispy. love.

  2. em April 24, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

    i don’t care how much Mourinho knows about the game, or how great he thinks he is at doing what he does, but I really just can’t find a way to approve of him leaving Iker out of all of these matches. Iker wouldn’t have let four goals in today. Especially if he had the opportunity to regain match fitness playing the league matches, instead of sitting on the bench. The season was already lost, according to Mou. Why not let the mainstay of your team get back into form and ready for CL by playing in these ‘meaningless’ matches? I’m tired of Mou’s act and I can’t wait until he leaves. *deep, sad sigh* :-{

    • headbandsandheartbreak April 24, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

      Seriously? He hasn’t played in over 2 months. This was hardly the time to bring him back into the mix. Especially since things have been going well with DLo. And the last time we played them, Lewandowski put two past him in one match and Reus one in the other (not to mention Arbeloa’s own goal). Blame our defense today if anyone. DLo did the best he could. Mou isn’t the problem either. You think we’re having a rough time now? Do you not remember where we were BEFORE he came? We’d hadn’t made the semis in years. Or won the Liga. How soon people forget.

      • Anonymous April 24, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

        The champions was not the time to bring back Iker, but the league games, a league that has already been lost, would be perfect for him to be playing. The fact that he is not shows the ill will that Mou bears him. Lets remember when He will leave at his convenience and I doubt that he’ll care at all for Real.

        • headbandsandheartbreak April 24, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

          Mou is not the devil. Everyone needs to come to grips with that. Again, no blame for the defense? Having Iker there wouldn’t have magically changed that. No one is perfect. One player doesn;t make a team.

    • drea April 24, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

      Um, Iker just barely got off the injured list and no one outside of the club really knows how well he’s been doing at training.

      It’s like people have this idea that Iker is a be-all save-all and that Mou is keeping him from being great.

      Our capitan was not exactly in prime form even before his injury, so it’s really odd to me that people would think he’s the answer to our woes. i agree with what HB&HB that our much bigger problem has been defense. And it’s been our problem all season.

  3. em April 24, 2013 at 9:26 pm #

    My point was exactly the opposite of what you suggested. Of course, Iker shouldn’t start today. He could have if Mou had brought him back sooner. On your point about Iker not making a difference to the defense, he is known for being an expert at marshalling his forces around him to best advantage, especially during close quarters situations. He’s let a few things through recently, sure, but I really feel like he does give them a better chance with the intangibles that he brings, as well. The players trust Iker.
    Of course, the defense let the guys down today, the offside no-call and Xabi’s in-the-box indiscretion were certainly difficult pills to swallow, as well. It will be a tough ask for Madrid. I would really like to see Mou work a miracle in the Bernabeu, I’m just not sure we have the horses for the task right now.
    I have been a fan of RM for a long time, I certainly don’t forget how long it’s been.

    • headbandsandheartbreak April 24, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

      Sorry if I misunderstood what you were trying to say, but that’s totally not how your comment came off. It sounded like you were placing all the blame on Mou. Iker’s only been match fit for a couple of weeks. I highly doubt playing in 2 or 3 games would have made much of a difference for getting him ready for the semi-finals and our defense has had serious issues all season, even when he was playing. The team seems to have developed a nice rapport with DLo. He’s not Iker, but he was Iker’s # 2 for awhile as well, so he’s comfortable with how Casillas works. I just get sick of all this Mou blaming I’ve been seeing all over. Everyone acts like he’s the main problem and jumps on him immediately. Everyone does their part to make or break a team, players and staff. We were a lot worse off before he came along. I’m guessing that the bulk of the people I see bashing Mou on Twitter are the same ones who were praising him last year and will be whining and wishing we had him back after he goes.

      • futbolfan April 25, 2013 at 4:16 am #

        Sigh. Thank you.

    • La-la April 25, 2013 at 7:56 am #

      Lozil has already covered off the whole Iker fitness thing so I won’t go over that again, I just wanted to challenge your assertions because I believe you’re misguided; House rules on the Guardian website state: Comment is free but facts are sacred. What point of your initial argument is based on fact? I really don’t have much time for people who rubbish Mou’s achviements. Quite frankly I think that the people who don’t like him have made a concious decision to do so, unconnected with his achievements or the obvious high esteem that the vast majority of the people that he has worked with hold him in. If we’re going to go over the whole Ramos/Casillias vs Mou again (I’d rather not) IMHO that reflects far worse on them than it does on Mou. Seriously, can you imagine Rooney or even Scholes trying that shit on SAF (and living to tell the tale); if the stories are true then it makes me think less of both Sergio or Iker as it paints them as Divas who put their personal grudge before the team. So if Mou has chosen to leave Iker out because he thinks he’s a shit stirring madam who is undermining the unity of the team (which is kind of the point your originally made) then that is not only his business but his job. He is employed to win trophys, not pander to overinflated/entitled egos. (if that is indeed what he thinks, obviously I have no way of knowing)

      The thing about the internet it that it gives everyone a voice, but doesn’t really challenge that voice to be accurate.

      • headbandsandheartbreak April 25, 2013 at 11:44 am #

        Bless you for this. I don’t believe that Iker is a saint any more than I think Mou is the devil incarnate. They’re both human beings and therefore, fallible. They’re not perfect and I’m sure they *both* make mistakes. I’m also sure that what we perceive and what the truth is are two very different things. Why? Because that’s how life is. You have no idea what’s really going on unless you’re involved in the situation. Don’t get me wrong, I like both of these men very much. But like any workplace situation there are more than likely politics, head butting, etc. – that’s what happens in any workplace from the corner shop to a billion dollar sports club. I’m a realist that way. We’re never going to be privy to what’s really happening, but make no mistake, RM is a business – a very BIG business and it’s going to be run like one.

      • em May 5, 2013 at 11:39 am #

        ok – you struck a nerve. ‘Facts are sacred’ – okay – then what are Mou’s achievements? A Liga and 2 Copas. That’s not enough. This team is built to win trophies. He was brought here to win La Decima. (not happening) His winning percentage isn’t even as good as Pellegrini’s (79%) Jupp and Berndt have done the same. VDB did far better than that with much less and a lower win pctg.
        The only problem any of these coaches have winning trophies is that they come up against a buzz-saw named FC Barcelona every year.
        So, evidently, I made a ‘conscious decision’ to not like Mou. Is that one of your ‘sacred facts’? To the contrary – I have appreciated him for years. He seems like a decent dad, and his former players talk glowingly about him. That speaks volumes about a mans character. I did know the transition would be difficult because of his defensive/negative style of coaching, but I wanted to be positive about him. So don’t accuse me of not liking him from the start. The problem is his coy methods with the media and the way he ‘appears’ to like to stir shit. It’s become tiresome because the media enjoy adding to the whirlwind and that is the part that is hard for me to get past.
        Your assertion that people not liking someone is a conscious decision IS, in fact, a ‘conscious decision’. All decisions are consciously made whether they are impulsively made or educated. That’s the only way you make a decision. You learn, you analyze and then you decide how you feel. You enlightened virtually no one with that statement.
        This is Madrid. They are supposed to score goals. They are supposed to play forward, not negatively. We have CR, the forwards and our creative midfield to get the goals. You can not argue other players saying that Iker’s command of his box is what gives them confidence. His command is what helps them come forward because they know he is ‘the man’ if the defense breaks down.
        People use the argument that those early season losses were Iker’s fault, when in reality, when you break down the goals, they were mostly defensive mistakes and the percentages actually equal out to the same as any other season (gk error/defensive error). Now, when Diego lets in goals, people ARE vehemently trying to argue that it’s defensive mistakes, not gk error. You can’t have it both ways!!! Watch the games! If you don’t understand the difference between gk and defensive error, then don’t start making arguments about Iker’s quality.
        Of course, my husband argues that Mourinho wouldn’t sacrifice his own job by playing someone who he thinks doesn’t give the team the best chance to win. That’s given, but we are looking at Casillas, who has three major championships in a row. Iker faced down Robben TWICE to win the WC2010. Diego WASN’T EVEN A FULL TIME STARTER on the team he came from, and his previous team was relegated! Helloooo……..
        This is Europe. They are passionate there. Sometimes logic has to take a back seat to passion. Bodo Illgner made several statements during coverage of the Vallodolid game yesterday that spoke volumes about how he felt about Mourinho’s treatment of Casillas. Bodo knows more than all of us about what goes on in a Madrid locker room and what’s expected of the people who dress in there.
        Your last ‘misguided’ assertion about Iker being a shit stirring madam is absolutely insulting to Iker, and all of the Madridismo who have given him their hearts. Iker has been, as Unamadridista put it, classily silent throughout all of this. So, madam, have a great day being an ignorant noob who seems to know nothing of the history of this team.

        • headbandsandheartbreak May 5, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

          Nope. Absolutely not. You’re bang out of order, Em. You’ve been posting here long enough to know that you do not come on our blog and hurl insults at another poster. That’s not how we do things here. She did not insult you – she merely said she felt you were misguided. In return you called her “an ignorant noob who seems to know nothing of the history of this team.” which is completely inappropriate. Discuss the issue civilly and intelligently or don’t comment.

          I also don’t agree with the rest of your comment, but I don’t have time to go into that now since I’m on my way out the door. I had to log on when I saw your comment because I didn’t want this to blow up into some asinine flame war while I was out for the afternoon.

          • em May 5, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

            i was simply attempting to refine my point, through a blind rage. I find it hard to read something that calls into question my knowledge and sensibilities. It’s taken me a week to process just how to say it, and even then, it was still hard (my backspace button is livin’ on the edge). I have been a passionate sports enthusiast, athlete and tomboy for my entire life and have educated myself through all of my passions: horses, hockey, baseball, football, footy, ultimate frisbee, etc. So, I play, I watch, I learn, I discuss with my buddies/coaches, then I make my conclusions. To have someone who has no facts come at me wanting facts, I have to answer with facts, and a little bit of passion, too, because that is what I have.
            For Gypsy, I’ll have to watch the match over to get everything Bodo said. His first commentary was about how Mou and Iker didn’t even so much as look at each other when they passed in the tunnel before the match. Of course, they may have spoken at length, cordially, about the wife and kids and the dogs, or whatever, before they ever left the room, but Bodo noticed the complete lack of contact in the tunnel. Later on, Bodo continued to allude to a lack of respect being paid to a three time champion. He really tried to keep his words media/user friendly, but you could tell he had a deep concern to his tone for his friend and former teammate. I will try to catch it all later when they re-air it on Bein.

        • mygypsyspirit May 5, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

          I’d like to know what Bodo said, if you don’t mind.

          And in defense of La-la, she did not actually call Iker a shit-stirring madame. She simply said that if that’s why Mourinho is leaving him out, then he deserves to be left out. She did not claim to know what is actually going on. And that was not an accusation of Iker.

          Una has been a fan for a very long time. But she also admitted from the get-go that she was not a fan of Mourinho.

          I love Casillas. And you can quote his accomplishments all you like. But Rome was great and even they fell. That does not mean that I think Mourinho is infallible. But we are all so quick to place the blame on Mourinho when, in fact, it is more than likely a combination of everyone.

          And I would argue that Iker has NOT been classily silent through all of this. He’s made snide remarks. But he’s a media darling and the media is going to twist his words to the positive just like they twist Mourinho’s words to the negative. Again, I’m not slagging Iker here. I adore the man. But I don’t think that attacking Mourinho or thinking that Iker is some saint is how this should go.

  4. drea April 24, 2013 at 10:00 pm #

    Here’s an interesting article about the media and Mou. “Mourinho es el culpable” http://mun.do/17RAHUH

    I swear, someone should get him a Spanish version of Balotelli’s “Why always me?” T-shirt.

    • mygypsyspirit May 5, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

      I have to reply to your comment purely because of your photo… Timelord timey wimey messages!

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