Dissent Is Not Disloyalty & Other Matters

11 Mar

SatelliteYesterday was…not good. And that’s putting it as diplomatically as I can.

We played horribly yesterday. I know it, you know it, the team certainly knows it and furthermore, they admit it. Iker, in fact, referred to it as ‘rock bottom.’ I’m not going to get all finger point-y. That’s not going to serve any purpose. Everyone needs to improve. There has to be more cohesion and connection. We’ll never progress if that doesn’t happen, period. Yesterday, Schalke played very well and deserved to advance. They looked like they actually wanted it. I took some stick for saying this on Twitter. Apparently being realistic about who was the better team (even if it wasn’t my own) makes me a bad Madridista. Bullshit. It makes me a realist who cares about the sport and is secure enough to admit that my team isn’t the best one on the pitch. I would sincerely hope that no one questions my commitment to Sparkle Motion. I mean, c’mon! I’ve been blogging about these guys for over 4 years every day. I love them BUT I’m not blind to their faults. And I also feel it’s really important to give credit where it’s due. Schalke played like lions and can hold their heads high. When I was a fiesty young Lozil (yes, I was a bit of a hellion. Shocking, I know.), my auntie used to say “I love you, I’ll always love you but right now, I don’t like what you’re doing very much.”  So yeah, Real Madrid…just sayin’.

Am I glad we made it to the quarter-finals? Yes. But I can’t be proud of how they performed yesterday. It broke my heart to see what a mess they were. I have no clue what is going on or has happened, but it needs to be fixed. Stat.  (Injury to insult, last night I went to a Brooklyn Nets game and they flamed out as well. It was such a crap day for my teams). Let’s hope this is the wake up call that they need. Shit must be gotten together.  Oh and ESPN had some choice words to say about the Bernabeu fans who were as charming as ever last night. The video footage of fans screaming insults at the players in their cars (lots of homophobic slurs at Bale, BTW) was shameful. I love this team passionately but JFC, people get some perspective, you know? This all just makes me tired and sad.  I’m sure we all need to vent, so feel free to have at it in the comments. As watishista Katie Ann so wisely expressed yesterday on Twitter, “There are not enough cupcakes in the world for the stress this team induces.” True dat.

Well, onward and upward. We have to prepare to face Levante on Sunday (ugh) and then El Clasico is the following weekend (double ugh). Those who didn’t start the match worked out (along with Odegaard) on the pitch.  Cris, Toni, Arbeloa & Sami did continuous running drills. James also got his trot on as well.

Things that cheered me up:

Lukita returned!


This tweet:

Still sad? Have an inspirational song and a fuzzy cute bunny!

This too shall pass, peeps. HALA MADRID!

– Lozil

18 Responses to “Dissent Is Not Disloyalty & Other Matters”

  1. futbolfan March 11, 2015 at 8:17 pm #

    Anyone who thinks its disloyal to recognize the faults of your team is delusional. I concur with everything you wrote in this post.
    And the horrendously rude fans? Ugh. Lord knows how pissed we all are, and the amount of profanities I often swing at everything Real Madrid in my head is ridiculous, but at the end of the day no one is beating themselves up more than the players. They do need Madridistas’ SUPPORT. They also need to know that they have to get their shit together; they need a wake up call and hopefully Carlo(I know calm is your thing, but maybe a few shouts and a lil anger wouldn’t hurt, ey?), Iker, Ramos, IDK can give it to them, but they don’t need their supporters to turn on them so viciously.

    And loooooord how often Real Madrid is so quickly able to turn from a practically undisputed greatest team in the world to a crapfest of embarrassment is remarkable. And ITS A FREAKING PATTERN IN ITS HISTORY. What is it with this institution that lets that happen? Sigh.

    I just especially miss our scintillating, on-point counterattacks(among other things of course) I know BBC ain’t vibing right now, but I feel like its more than that. Does our midfield just not really support that kind of play anymore? Have we lost the players that did? Cause if we forever lose that, this team’s ONE trademark, I will be beyond devastated.

    • headbandsandheartbreak March 13, 2015 at 10:14 pm #

      I’m with you. Counterattacks all day long for me, please.

      I wish I could understand what changed over the holidays because 2015 has been pretty much Suck City. 😦

  2. Mandy March 11, 2015 at 8:24 pm #

    Tears welled up when Luka took to the pitch. I stood in my living room and applauded. Not because I feel the loss of him in our squad, but I deal with sports injuries constantly at my job. I see the psychological effect it has on an athlete when they are sidelined. After doing some research about Luka’s particular injury, the severity of this particular injury was shocking to me. The potential for re-injury is incredibly high. So to see him healthy and playing again is amazing. Plus, what is not to love about Luka?

    • Mandy March 11, 2015 at 8:32 pm #

      Also and total side note, and avoiding the topic at large because I simply cannot talk about anymore. If in the future I ever get to have my own Cristiano Clone -it’s possible- I’ll buy 1000 of those white shirts (see above), he’ll wear one everyday and walk by me once an hour for however long.

      • headbandsandheartbreak March 13, 2015 at 10:16 pm #

        Ooooh! I wouldn’t mind that either. I’m one of those rare people who prefers him clothed. I think he looks fan-freaking-tastic in that white shirt.

    • headbandsandheartbreak March 13, 2015 at 10:14 pm #

      I was so excited to see him as well! I love him to pieces.

  3. itsmarmar4 March 11, 2015 at 8:27 pm #

    I fully agree with everything you said in this post. Being a realist does not make you a bad fan in any way and the way some of the Real Madrid fans were acting is just disgraceful. We should always be behind the team, good or bad.
    Personally it’s been a really bad week in the champions league for me. My two favorite teams, Real Madrid and chelsea have been playing poorly lately. Chelsea had a horrible performance today. They were knocked out by a 10 man PSG and lacked creativity and force in attack. And overall Chelsea’s midfield has been lacking in efficiency and creativity.
    Real Madrid have also been quite shaky. The BBC definitely hasn’t been at their best, but hopefully things will move onward and upward.
    Hala Madrid!

    • headbandsandheartbreak March 13, 2015 at 10:16 pm #

      My condolences. This is an extra tough week for you. 😦

      I’m with you on this. More support and less drama from the fans would be nice.

  4. futbolfan March 11, 2015 at 8:36 pm #

    Also can I just say, reading about my team in the news and whatnot, its really, really, disheartening seeing Madridistas get the reputation of the most fickle, spoiled, unsupportive fans out there. We’re supposed to be the best of the best, the fans who make the freaking Bernabeau shake with our chants of SUPPORT. And seeing us like this… 😦

    • headbandsandheartbreak March 13, 2015 at 10:18 pm #

      I have to say, I’ve met some lovely RM fans (and so many of them on this blog) but damn, the ones who are obnoxious are LOUD. They have no trouble expressing their opinion at matches, on social media, etc. They drown everyone else out. 😦

  5. mygypsyspirit March 11, 2015 at 10:40 pm #

    So, first off let me say that match posts are coming! I’m finally where I can make the posts. Rehashing two losses in a row is not fun at all. And, as per usual, I probably have some unpopular opinions. Me and Alexi Lalas usually are on the same team. Team Ginger. It’s almost as fun as Team Boink (yes, random inside joke for you Lozil).

    Second, I don’t think BBC isn’t vibing. I think Gareth has let the boos and whistles get into his head. You can see the hesitation on his face. As a player you get in your head. You second guess every touch, every press forward, every time you should pressure the ball
    It doesn’t come naturally anymore. Bale is thinking too much. I thought Benzema had a good match. The disconnect is happening in the midfield. Is it that James is missing? Or that we didn’t have Modric? I don’t know. Kroos is fabulous but he’s not going to push forward as much as Modric and James. He reminds me a bit more of a Steven Gerrard, or even He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.

    • Mandy March 12, 2015 at 2:06 pm #

      I’m so with you on the Bale hesitation thing. I see it in his actions constantly. He’s lost his confidence. If I could say one thing to him I would say “You’re a natural, you’ve got this!” He’s certainly let the criticism get to him. His lack of SOG is astonishing to me. I’m not pinning “it” on one player, whatever “it” is. I will argue though, that this one player’s weakness is the most apparent. You see it in every touch. His face and body language are screamingly obvious.

    • headbandsandheartbreak March 13, 2015 at 10:19 pm #

      I know you and I have talked about this at length. I think Gareth is getting the yips from dealing with the atmosphere and pressure at RM. I don’t want him to become the next Fernando Torres at Chelsea, you know? It’s upsetting.

  6. Cassandra N. March 13, 2015 at 10:09 am #

    In the words of Isco, “The fans should stay calm because we are the same team that won the Club World Cup and the Super Cup.”

  7. Katie Ann March 14, 2015 at 2:44 pm #

    And no cupcakes for the “fans” who behave so badly. I feel for Bale because he’s stuck in the vicious cycle of getting insulted, and letting it get to him (agreed with everyone who said that), and then getting insulted for letting it get to him, and yeah… That’s a real hard one to get out of.

    All of my teams are going through a period of WTF right now. It’s rough.


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