Fate Is Cruel

20 Mar

Satellite (14)Well, that is NOT how I wanted this draw to turn out (::hums the chorus of ‘Blasphemous Rumors‘ by Depeche Mode::)

First leg is April 14th at the Vicente Calderon. Bond Villain was on hand at the drawing in Nyon and had this to say:

SatelliteFROM REALMADRID.COM

Butragueño: “We are Real Madrid and we will be up to the task”

“Atlético is a very competitive team and we need to perform at the same level”, said the Real Madrid director of Institutional Relations.

Butragueño attended the Champions League quarter-final draw that took place in Nyon and he assessed the Whites’ opponents in the next round: “They are a very competitive team, and we are very familiar to one another. They concentrate on every detail and take advantage of everything, we have to perform at the same level. We have to be prepared to see if we are able to return here for the semi-final draw. We are Real Madrid and we will aim to be up to the task”.

“It is important for us to get our injured players back so we can go into the games in the best possible condition. They know how to compete in defence, they are good from dead ball situations and they make the most of every situation. If we are able to get a good result at the Calderón, then playing the second leg surrounded by our fans could give us a slight advantage, but you never now. We have to prepare very well, we know the challenges we are going to face”.

Next few games
“We are now going into the decisive stage, every game is a final and every match is important because it can have a crucial impact on the end stages of the competitions”.

Fans
“Our supporters are very loyal and as for the knockout stage, I have no doubt they will be fully behind us and will help the players as much as possible, and the players will want to reward the fans by going through”.

Very nice and professional! But I’m guessing that his inner monologue was more like my reaction: “(insert string of cuss words that would make a sailor blush) ATLETI??!!

Ugh. Double ugh. And we have a Clasico this weekend. Triple ugh. Fuckity fuckenstein with fuckballs on fucking top. Bah humbug.

That said, I’m sure pundits and the media are licking their chops over this match up and will be talking about it ad nauseam for the month, minimum.

– Lozil

8 Responses to “Fate Is Cruel”

  1. Anonymous March 20, 2015 at 3:26 pm #

    I saw the headline and I was like no, Barca? Bayern? But then I saw atletico and now I’m like NOOOOOOOOOOO!! WHYYYY?!?! I mean dang, athletico has become the barca of a few years ago. How many times have we met them this past year? How many times have we lost? :/

  2. mygypsyspirit March 20, 2015 at 4:05 pm #

    Realistically, the only way I was going to be happy was if we drew Porto or PSG. Monaco have the best defense in the tournament right now. And I only wanted to see us play PSG so that I could get some Ronaldo and Zlatan love. Also, imagine The Baby next to Zlatan…

    WE GOT THIS!

  3. Mandy March 20, 2015 at 6:04 pm #

    Okay, to throw a little bit of positivism in to this mess of doubt and dwelling… the odds are in our favor. We have played them and lost so many times now that the likelihood that they will lose to us gets higher with each match. It’s true, I’m not making this up. We are closer to victory with every defeat. Keep that in mind for the next month and try not to let jaded pundits cloud your mind and bring you down. As I always say, the truest fans always have faith.

    Atleti could hardly beat Leverkusen, and I have NO DOUBT in my mind that Real Madrid would have beaten Leverkusen without the need for PKs. Atleti have been losing and drawing like crazy too. We, Real Madrid, are more paralleled with them than probably any other club left in this competition. By that I mean, our cruel fate is not so cruel after all, because they are playing just like we’re playing right now. They are not solid.

    Honestly, I would love a club battle between The Godliness that is Gigi Buffon and Cassillas at some stage and a final is as good as any. I really just want this particular matchup, Juve vs Real, and it would have made me and will make me splendidly ecstatic, even if it means our demise (or theirs) in this year’s competition.

    I agree with @mygypsyspirit on her opinion that Monaco has the best defense. This is the match-up that intrigues me the most -outside of ATLvsRM-. To be quite honest, I think they are the club to beat, not Bayern, not Barca. I thought when people raved about their awful pukey club Arsenal :::gags::: drawing Monaco, I predicted that they, Arsenal, would most certainly lose. I was 100% certain. I don’t think I am one bit wrong about Monaco. They’ve removed their shadow casting stars and can now function as a unit. And trust me, they want this as bad as we wanted La Decima. Monaco have so much to prove. Being so underestimated, my opinion is, they will succeed. However, having said all that, I have no doubt that Juve could potentially beat Monaco because well… one word… Tevez. Having Tevez’s surprise scoring ability is like having multiple ace’s up your sleeve that you can pull out any time you want, only it’s not cheating, it’s just a guarantee you will win. I’ve had long discussions with all sorts of fans, some Juve fans and some not, and it seems that everyone has their doubts about Juve. But when Juve come to play they can beat Bayern. I think I’m the only person who believes that.

    I refuse to jump on the “Poor Porto” bandwagon. Nobody likes a party pooper. Porto are the scary bikers that show up at the party calmly to “Riders on the Storm” smelling like danger and motor oil. Then when when the juice starts flowing you wish you were somewhere else because Porto are scrappy as fuck. I don’t have stock in them beating Bayern but no doubt that they could potentially injure a few of their key players, and ruin their season a little.

    Sorry for my long intangible rant. I just have so much to say about all this and I feel like none of it has been said yet, and that I’m not thinking generically. So those are my thoughts on this. Opinions and analysis my own.

    • mygypsyspirit March 20, 2015 at 6:28 pm #

      I don’t actually disagree with. I just don’t enjoy facing Atleti, Barca, or Bayern. I fully agree with you about Juve as well. As for the Arsenal/Monaco match up, I didn’t have much of an opinion on it. I think Arsenal have a better squad than the way that they perform. And I do have a soft spot for them (I call Wenger “Grandpa” and I like a number of their players). But I think everyone thought they’d walk all over Monaco and I never did.

      • Mandy March 20, 2015 at 7:09 pm #

        Oh sorry! I wasn’t saying that you agreed with my entire Monaco rant… just that with their quality of defense they pose a huge threat in this competition. How I feel about Arsenal is unique to me. My disgust with Wenger is lifelong.
        If one were to look back at Monaco’s score fixtures for the last year they’d see that rarely does Monaco allow a goal, much less three. They might now score a lot of goals, but I wouldn’t count them out at any stage.

  4. Mandy March 20, 2015 at 6:09 pm #

    Also! Hello LADIES!! Another opportunity to catch glimpses of Sernando!!! YUM.

    • mygypsyspirit March 20, 2015 at 6:29 pm #

      I LOVE SERNANDO! (But not as much as I love Gerlonso)

  5. itsmarmar4 March 20, 2015 at 7:21 pm #

    My thoughts…
    I have to admit that Monaco was kind of the dark horse in my mind. I thought that Arsenal would just dominate, but after watching both legs, I realized Arsenal can be pretty inconsistent, despite recent form, the first leg was terrible on their part, and Monaco has an amazing defense. I would like to see Juventus move on though 🙂
    I feel a little sorry for Porto, but they are a pretty scrappy team and this matchup will probably not be a walk in the park for Bayern.
    Barca vs. PSG…That’s cool I guess. I have a feeling PSG will be knocked out, but anything is possible…
    And even though RM got drawn with Atleti, it might not be as bad as it seems. Even though the odds look like they’re against us because they have beaten us every time this year (ugh!) they haven’t been scoring that many goals lately (then again neither have we) and they barely made it past Bayer Leverkusen, who I personally think we could have beaten (not necessarily easily, but still). On the bright side, we will hopefully get to see some Sernando action!!! 😉

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