First Training Of The Week

30 Sep
"Son, that was one helluva judo flip you pulled off on Saturday!"

“Son, that was one helluva judo flip you pulled off on Saturday!”

So, the less said about that clusterfuck on Saturday, the better, but being me, of course,  I have a few things to say because, lordy, the screeching that went on over the weekend was nigh unbearable. Internet, you exhaust me. I had to step away from the computer yesterday so I didn’t put my fist through it. So, my thoughts…

  1. Diego Costa is a douche.
  2. People are insane on social media. Armchair analysts who think because they play Football Manager that they know more than people who actually get paid big bucks to do this. They really need to chill out.
  3. Gareth didn’t play the full match because he’s not 100% fit. The Mister said he would only play one half in his presser. Don’t know why people are screaming the house down about this.
  4. I don’t know why Luka didn’t start. I’m not the coach. That’s his job. Mine is to support my team even though I don’t always understand or agree with the decisions. I find it funny how fans were screaming that Luka was the worst signing EVAH last year and now they’re furious when he doesn’t play.
  5. Yes, we’re missing creativity in the midfield. I feel it too. But Mesut Ozil no longer plays for us so he’s not an option. We really need to get past this. I love him, he’s my favorite player and I’m gutted that he’s gone, but we HAVE to move on. I feel the same way about Pipita. I really wish he was here, but he’s not. These are the players we have and we’ve gotta figure out how to work with them, which brings me to…
  6. We have a new coach, new staff and many new players. It takes awhile to gel. Mou had to tinker with things as well. If it was easy, we’d all be multimillionaire football managers/players and not slogging 9-5 in the real world.  Be patience, some help is going on.
  7. Benzema, WTH?
  8. DLo saved our asses yet again. It could have been so much worse. He will still get next to no credit, be vindictively slagged off and people will just continually complain that Iker isn’t playing. Again, the Mister already said that Iker will play Champions League and DLo will play the Liga matches. Why are people still ranting when it’s already been laid out for them? Do they honestly think it’s going to change anything?! We should be glad that we have two fantastic goalkeepers. DLo is on form. I’m happy he’s between the sticks. I love Iker, but hell, it’s nice to have options and they both get some rest. We’ve already seen what happens when you rely too much on one person and then they’re injured. This way we have two top notch guys who are ready and can step right in and take over. I am deeply frustrated with the either/or mentality that Madridistas seem to have on this issue. If you like DLo, you have to hate Iker. If you admire Iker, then you have to say DLo sucks. C’mon people, we’re better than that. Grow up.

Look, we have all the talent in the world and right now it’s not working which SUCKS but it is what it is. Everyone starts baying for blood at the drop of a hat. Me, I’m less ‘Off with his head!!” and more “Sonuvabitch, why are you breaking my heart Real Madrid?! Get your shit together! Bartender, pour me another!” I am a realist. I understand that my team will not win every match even if I wish they would. I realize that these are real,  fallible human beings playing this game who have their issues too. I have my shitty days at work as well (I’m having a whole freaking 6 weeks of them right now) so I ain’t judging.

Let’s take the work thing a bit further. I work in technology and a particular product I work with is having issues right now that affect thousands of people. There are extenuating circumstances which, if our clients knew, they would probably be more inclined to cut us some slack. However, they only see the end result: things aren’t working and they’re furious. They all have their theories about who to blame, why things aren’t working and what should be done. Unfortunately, they don’t have the full behind the scenes picture so they’re not working with good information. They have no clue how hard we’re trying to sort the situation out . If  they knew the things I know, they would be pointing their fingers at different people,  for sure. The issue still wouldn’t be solved, but we’d all be on the same page and perhaps we could work together to figure out some constructive concrete solutions rather than name calling and finger pointing. I feel the same way about this team. It’s not working, it’s not easy to be patient, but I’m going to let the professionals do their job. My favorite clients are the ones who say “Hey, I know you. I know you’re working as hard as you can on this. I have faith that it will be fixed soon. I’ll let you get to it, update me when you can.” Sadly, these people are few and far between, but gawd, do I love them.

I want to be that kind of fan. I know Real Madrid will work the kinks out. So I’m going to be supportive. I have faith. I’m not going to participate in tearing them to pieces for every misstep. The pressure they are under is enormous. I don’t like that kind of pressure on me, so I’m not going to put it on them. This isn’t life or death. It’s sports. I’m supposed to be enjoying it. But lately, the fandom is making that nearly impossible. Almost makes you want to follow a mid-table team so there isn’t that kind of expectation and stress, you know? But what can I do? This my team, ride or die. I’m stuck with them and their out of control, over the top, at times ridiculous fan base.  Present company excepted. Thank you for being sane (well, kinda – you’re all insane in the best, pervy ways).  Anyhow, I had to get that off my chest. Fandom is just eating my soul right now and it makes me so very sad.

So, yeah, um, the team trained today. We’re preparing for Wednesday’s Champions League match vs. Copenhagen.

"I pronounce you Sir Cristiano of Gucci, Earl of Orange. Arise, Knight of the Tight Pants Table!"

“I pronounce you Sir Cristiano of Gucci, Earl of Orange. Arise, Knight of the Tight Pants Table!”

And now, I think it’s time for me to ponder Sir Cristiano’s badonk in that last picture because, damn, that is EPIC. And that is something that all Madridistas can get behind. Pun COMPLETELY intended. 😉

– Lozil

30 Responses to “First Training Of The Week”

  1. Mehreh September 30, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

    morata was so stinkin good when he came on! his energy was unreal. i love that bambi. and atleti’s keeper made me want to actually murder.

    so, onwards and upwards. (i saw more than one person say they wished mou would come back. i also had to step away from the internet at that moment.)

    • headbandsandheartbreak September 30, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

      Look, I’m a Mou fan and at the end of last season when people were wanting to tar & feather him, I predicted this would happen. I think people are completely unrealistic and they’re never happy. We complain about the revolving door we have for coaches, but we put so much pressure on them and demand immediate results. It’s silly. That said, I don’t think that Mou should come back (right now) but I do wish that TPTB and fans would put a little more faith in the team/manager. I hear the “Oh, we’re Real Madrid, failure is not an option. We’re supposed to win every game.” Um, no, that’s not how the world works. I really want to win, but I’m also grown up enough to realize that things are not always going to go my way. The spoiled brat entitled attitude of many Madridistas is galling. And that goes for the media too.

      • mygypsyspirit September 30, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

        “Failure is not an option” is actually an attitude of TPTB as well. I just wish the players would play like that sometimes…

        I’m also tired of the blame game.

      • Rosa September 30, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

        Your reaction was great. And spot on. I liken it to college basketball. If my team was losing in a close game, I would have to go and sit in another place. And God forbid if they lost I’d have to go for a walk! But I never gave up on them. Well only when the university canned him!

      • Mehreh September 30, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

        from what i’ve read, the ultras sur always supported him. i don’t think wailing for a return to the past is very productive, is all. i’m not implying that’s what you’re doing, but it’s what i’ve seen other places.

        yes, i wish mesut hadn’t left. yes, i wish a lot of things, but as you’ve said, it’s a transitional process and there’s going to be inconsistency. i just want them to be as good as they can be. at RM, there is a different standard. not that that is healthy or possible, but it exists. onwards and upwards!

  2. Ana September 30, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

    Lozil, I totally agree with everything you have said here. I’m afraid I usually avoid the internet in aftermath of a result like this, its so infuriating. Also, I’m sending you a big hug and positive thoughts so that things improve at work. Hala Madrid!

    • headbandsandheartbreak September 30, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

      Thanks Ana! Positive thoughts are always needed and appreciated!

      • Rosa September 30, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

        Ah Lozil everything is going to be ok. Remember El Classico coming up in a few short weeks.

  3. tashasila September 30, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

    I totally agree with you! I avoid the internet in these situations because I’m that kind of ” Hey we’ll work it out so calm down – we’re awesome and we’ll show them”-fan. In these situations the internet only makes me furious and I don’t wanna be one of those “Oh my god we’ll never win sonething again because we lost that one game” guys. People are always overreacting! We’re Real Madrid – we won’t back down just because of this!

    And hella ! That’s a booty! 😀

    • headbandsandheartbreak September 30, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

      People were howling “THE LEAGUE IS OVER!!!1111!!!!” and I was just shaking my head. JFC.

  4. jellyace September 30, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

    Good rant, Lozil! People forget that we have lost some core players to injuries and transfers, and that it is going to take a while for our team to fill in the blanks and close the gaps so that they can play like the attack-defensive unit that Atletico is. Atletico is on it’s 3rd year with the core team pretty intact. Diego Costa is filling the gap left by Falcao, but he is acting more like an enforcing defender than a striker.To me, he’s the van Bommel of La Liga.

    So we have lost key players, have many new young ones, and a new coaching staff which brings new tactics, strategies, and style. It will take a while for them to gel, and they are in dire need of some bonding, which we would all love to witness, wouldn’t we?

    Considering all the changes, our team is not doing so bad. Hope they level up for the Champions League match.

    • headbandsandheartbreak September 30, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

      I would definitely enjoy watching the team bonding. Ha! I accidentally typed “boning” instead of “bonding.” Freudian slip?

      • Rosa September 30, 2013 at 4:25 pm #


      • jellyace September 30, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

        “Boning,” “bonding,” — same thing! 😉

  5. Nalicia September 30, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

    Well said my pervy sister,well said!
    As for the fans who were chanting Mou’s name, I’m pretty certain they were the ones holding up the “No mou,No problems” signs. #muypatetico!!

    • headbandsandheartbreak September 30, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

      Undoubtedly they were. People are never content! I predicted that they would be wanting him back just didn’t think it would be within the first 6 weeks of the season!

  6. Natalie September 30, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

    They lost, it happens, not the end of the world! not pleasant, but survivable
    Torres had a bad weekend as well

    • headbandsandheartbreak September 30, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

      I know, right? It’s like “Sheesh, people, get some perspective.”

      He certainly did. It stands as a 1 match ban right now, but a potential for 3 more possible, right?

      • Natalie September 30, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

        yep, possible 4 match ban. they might appeal if he gets the additional 3 but still, not fun

        • jellyace September 30, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

          I am stunned. Never thought he’d do something like that. Stunned.

          • jellyace October 1, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

            That face scratch is something a 2-year-old would do when faced with sheer frustration. Nando has been hanging around Leo a bit too much.

  7. futbolfan September 30, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    If there’s one thing I want to complain about, it’s that I wish Real Madrid was fond of stability, because we seem to be allergic to it.

    • headbandsandheartbreak September 30, 2013 at 3:43 pm #


    • Rosa September 30, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

      And a bit closer so we can see the matches in person.

  8. Beta September 30, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

    Lozil, I agree with everything you wrote. Football is an excuse for many people behave like idiots – and the worst part is they’re sure they’re right. This weekend I was TV and internet off just to have some peace.

  9. Katie Ann September 30, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

    Yeah, my reaction to the overly-dramatic part of the fandom, if I acknowledge it at all, is usually to roll my eyes and tell people to calm the f*ck down. A team’s situation is so fluid that what happens one weekend- good or bad- ceases to matter by the time the next one rolls around, so the big declarations about entire seasons and stuff seem silly to me. I agree with a lot of what you’ve said, too, Lozil, especially this:

    “If it was easy, we’d all be multimillionaire football managers/players and not slogging 9-5 in the real world.”

    Would that it were easy, though, right? Think of all the fun everyone here could have!

  10. JK September 30, 2013 at 9:52 pm #

    I agree with all of the statements that you’ve made. I feel like the reason people are getting so crazy is because many of us have so much love for the players that it gets difficult to separate fantasy from reality. I think many of our hearts are just already in so much pain from all the transfers and the rumors that watching the team lose (even though losing is ABSOLUTELY part of the game) just buries the knife even deeper and then they turn on each other and try and find somebody to blame. This team hasn’t gone through THIS much change in years, and its going to take time to heal the Ozil, Pipita, Caletti and Kaka shaped wounds we all have. But reality is that this is how the game is played, and we’ve got to continue supporting this team no matter what and finding players or coaches to blame is not the way to do it.

  11. mygypsyspirit October 1, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

    You know how angry I get. You know how I actually let these things bother me. I’ve been trying to sort through it for days. I can’t really put my anger to words. My thoughts are a jumble of expletives and “you’re dumb” type things.

    As people, as humans, we always want to place the blame on someone. We lost the league, it was Mou’s fault. We lost Ozil, it was Perez’s fault. And sometimes we forget that we don’t know every circumstance involved. We might know a chapter, or even half the book. But we don’t know the whole story. We know that Snape killed Dumbledore, but don’t know that he did it because Dumbledore asked him to. We don’t know that he never stopped loving Lily Potter. Sorry if I spoiled Harry Potter for anyone… And sorry for the geeky Harry Potter reference.

    I guess my point is that at the end of the day, even I have to remember it’s just a game. Even if the game is my chosen direction, and I’m as much tied to it as anyone, it’s just a game. So thanks for putting my thoughts and anger to words.

  12. Mimi October 4, 2013 at 4:03 am #

    I thought this curse was only at the red side of Manchester! I sincerely, and from the bottom of my heart hate these kind of fans!

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