So, I’m outing myself as a hypocrite. I love to win and I talk often about taking the 3 points and just running. But this didn’t feel good.
It felt a bit like we were gloating, and I may be a poor loser (you can ask my favorite FanBoy about almost throwing his PlayStation controller out the window onto the streets of Madrid because he was kicking my ass in FIFA) but I don’t think I’m a poor winner.
Plus I am 100% certain that if Rayo had ended with 11 men on the pitch, the scoreline would have been VERY different. Would we have lost? I don’t know. But I don’t think we would have scored 10 and I think they would have scored at least one more.
Real Madrid: Keylor Navas; Danilo, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo; Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, James Rodriguez; Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale
Rayo Vallecano: Yoel; Tito, Ze Castro, Antonio Amaya, Nacho; Raul Baena, Roberto Trashorras; Jozabed, Lass Bangoura, Pablo Hernandez; Javi Guerra
Guys, I apologize now for the fly-by posts. I like to try to be thorough but I’m not finding gifs as readily as I used to. I’ve been torn between not giving you some awesome gifs and getting this up in a timely manner. So you get timely manner.
The game started on a positive, with Danilo scoring in 4th minute from a Bale assist.
Even though Gareth was looking a bit squirrely, the rest of our team didn’t seem to want to play because Rayo continuously put pressure on and scored in the 10th minute on a header from Amaya.
Then 2 minutes later, Jozabed put a header past Navas. Because awful defending. Just terrible. He had so much space that I wanted to scream.
And just a minute after that, Keylor was forced to save our asses (I swear if I had a dollar for every time he did that, I could buy us 11 new players) when Jozabed pulled off a low shot.
In the 14th minute, Tito made a horrible challenge on #ToniLive that earned him a straight red card.
I was a bit worried about Toni. Can you tell I adore him? Have I mentioned that before? #ToniLive is #ToniLove
Trashorras also received a yellow card in the confrontation following the tackle on our Jeremy Renner wannabe.
They were seriously out to get him in this match. In the 19th minute Baena was booked for a bad challenge. On Toni.
Rayo decided to make a substitution in the 21st minute when Hernandez was replaced by Quini.
We leveled the score in the 25th minute with Bale getting his first of the match. The cross in from Danilo was lovely and so was GareBear’s header.
I wish I had a gif of this one but I don’t. If I find one, I’ll update!
In the 27th minute Nacho (the Rayo flavor, not Stalker!) was booked for a challenge on Danilo.
In the 28th minute, Rayo were brought down to 9 men when Baena received his second yellow of the match. It also gave us a penalty. I’m torn on this call, if I’m honest. I just don’t know…
Cris stepped up to take the penalty and put us ahead 3-2.
Again, no gifs. I’ll make sure to update this one too!
In the 41st minute, GareBear scored his second to give us a 4-2 lead. James did his James thing and played in a super pass that Gareth put fabulously into the bottom corner. Seems there’s no more fighting over Cris going on, eh?
There were 3 minutes of added time before the half ended.
It didn’t take long for Benz to decide that he wanted in on the action. That’s kind of his way, no? He touched in a James pass for his contribution in the 48th minute.
Cris got on the scoresheet again in the 53rd minute. Again it was James with the assist (he was FIYAH) and all Cris had to do was direct the header into the back of the net. His targeting systems seem to be operational again.
(I might have seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens twice already. I have geeky space-type jargon in my head. Don’t judge me!)
Despite being down to 9 men, Rayo nearly had a goal in the 59th minute. Luckily Marcelo was back in time to block a pass to Guera in the box.
Bale finished his hat trick in the 61st minute when Cris played a ball across low and Bale directed it in. To be fair, Cris could have easily taken it himself and he was unselfish enough to slide it to Bale. Well-played, Boo. Well-played.
Our first substitution was to bring Lucas Vazquez in for Marcelo in the 63rd minute. Vazquez had played back before, but it’s a relatively attacking move to make when you’re already up 7-2. This was really when I got a bit of a bad taste in my mouth.
Rayo made a change in the 64th minute with Bebe replacing Lass.
Our next change was in the 65th minute. This time it was nearly a like-for-like as Kovacic replaced James, who received yet another standing ovation from the Bernabeu.
Bale put his 4th in the net in the 70th minute. He took the ball into the box and put it away relatively easily.
Danilo picked up a yellow card in the 74th minute for a late challenge on Bebe.
Bale came off to what seems like long overdue cheers in the 74th minute. He was replaced by Arbeloa. So while I still had a bad taste in my mouth over the attacking tactical choice of Vazquez, at least Arbeloa came in to be a defender.
Benz scored his second goal in the 79th minute. He pulled in a great pass from Modric and really, Benz doesn’t miss from there.
In the 81st minute, Rayo replaced Ze Castro with Joni.
Benzema’s third (giving him a hat trick as well) came in the 90th minute.
After 3 minutes of needless added time, the match ended Real Madrid 10 – 2 Rayo Vallecano.
Benitez: “We did what we had to do: scored goals and won”
by Javier Garcia“The team reacted well when the match got tricky”, he added.
Rafa Benítez praised his team for getting a win against Rayo Vallecano: “There were three phases in the match: the first, in which we scored and did what we knew we were capable of doing, and constantly looked to get in behind their defenders; the second, when we conceded two goals and needed to pay more attention in defence; and the third, when the team got into the game by making the most of the numerical advantage. From that point on we did what we needed to do, scored goals”.
“Unlike the players I get to leave the dressing room a bit later and focus on the game. We started scoring and the supporters were happy. None of us want to make mistakes and when we overcome them we have to take advantage of the situation presented to us, and that’s what we did today”.
“As a manager you’re trying to get your team to score, keep the opposition quiet and attack and defend well. Like I’ve said before, the la Décima anthem reflects what we need to do: ‘Hala Madrid and nothing else’. I like those lyrics and I believe they can help all of us. I got to the technical area with my mind fully focused on the game. The team scored and looked to be playing well. It satisfied me when the match got difficult and we reacted well”.
Two goals conceded
“The lapse of concentration for the set piece goal could play a bit of a role in how we assess things. Anyone could see that we lost our concentration for a few minutes, but then the team did what they needed to do, tried to score goals and eventually managed to do so”.
“We have addressed this issue many times and nothing has changed. A section of the supporters weren’t happy during this period of the game and we had to improve things, which is what we tried to do”.
Did the atmosphere have an effect?
“No, because it was a short period of time and was over very quickly. It didn’t last long and it didn’t affect us. We conceded twice early on, but the team reacted well. I’m not going to get into the referee’s decisions but after the sending off the team did what they had to do. I don’t know what else can be expected of us, other than trying to play well and score goals”.
Paco Jémez’s criticism of referee
“With all the games we’ve played there have been many situations that haven’t gone our way and I’ve never said anything about the referees. I’m not going to start speaking about them now either”.
The match at El Madrigal
“That has no relation to this match because we started scoring today and did what we talked about doing. Things have completely changed since that match”.
“The most important thing is that we made a comeback”, said Danilo.
Gareth Bale was one of the stars in the thrashing of Rayo with four goals and he spoke to the media following the match: “I hope to keep improving in 2016. I think that we had a good game today even if they were left with nine men. We are going to work hard to win titles. The relationship between the players and the manger is very good”.
“We have to put more work into every aspect of our game and fortunately we have time to improve. In the second half against Villarreal we could have scored four or five goals but we lacked accuracy. These things happen in football, we are not robots”.
Danilo: “We are happy with the result and the goals”
“We are happy with the result and the goals. I don’t think we went out there switched off. The most important thing is that we’re continuing our work, doing so as a team and that we turned the game around”.
“The fans are right, we are working for them, and we continue to work for Benítez too, he is a great manager. Our sights are still set on La Liga. We have to keep working and not think about what others are saying. We have to take things game by game, that is the most important thing”.
Navas: “We have to be united”
“We did well in the first few minutes, and made attacks in their box, we played well. After scoring we need to be more attentive, not relax, and keep playing with the same intensity. They made the most of their chances and then we took control and won by a large margin”.
Support for Yoel
“As a goalkeeper you never want opponents to score against you. This is a test that he has come up against along the way. He is in good form, he is having a good year and you have to move on and keep going”.
“It is normal to have whistling because we are not in the top spot, which is where we want to be, and what the fans demand from us. We are behind the manager and everyone that is a part of Real Madrid. We have to be united if we want to reach the end of the season with chances. We should not blame anyone. We are the ones playing and often we are responsible for the results”.
Lucas Vázquez: “The three points are very well-deserved”
“The game began a little crazily, and after the first sending off, we were more comfortable. We made the most of the rival’s opponents and in the end the three points are very well-deserved. Finishing like that before this little break gives us a lot of confidence. So many goals in a game allow us to go home very happy”.
“It is really positive for us when the three players are doing well. It is a bonus and we really notice it. It is evident that when we have so much space in the opponent’s half we are lethal and we saw that today”.
“We have to make the most of the next few days to relax a little and then come back more switched on than ever for the game against Real Sociedad”.
Sergio Ramos: 300 wins with Real Madrid
by Barbara Jimenez“After going behind, the team knew how to react and we should focus on the positives”, explained the captain.
The victory against Rayo meant more than just three points for Sergio Ramos. The captain recorded his 300th win with Real Madrid in his eleventh season with the team, during which time he has made 457 appearances and scored 56 goals. Of his 300 triumphs, 165 have come at the Bernabéu and 135 away from home. The Seville native spoke about reaching the milestone after the match: “This was my 300th win and getting another record will push me on to work even harder. Tomorrow I’ll be looking for more”.
“The game wasn’t much of a contest after Rayo had two men sent off, but we have to remember that we still managed to score ten goals and the team now go into the Christmas break eager for more. Rayo are a side that play wonderful football”.
“We respect everyone’s opinion, they went out to win and took the lead. After going behind, the team knew how to react and we should focus on the positives. Our fans demand the best of us so that we honour the club’s history and badge; however, sometimes things don’t come off as you’d like. We have to keep calm and see what happens at the end of the season”.
“It’s a complicated situation. We aren’t where we’d like to be and that’s reflected in the mood of the fans. The supporters expect a lot from us, they always want the team to win but that can’t always happen. We need to be united and find the balance in order to get to the end of the season in the best shape possible”.
Ramos’ 300 wins have come in La Liga (222), the Champions League (49), the Copa del Rey (24), the Spanish Super Cup (2), the Club World Cup (2) and the European Super Cup (1). So far this season, he has featured in 12 games, six of which have ended triumphantly.
His greatest season in terms of number of wins came in the 2011/12 campaign, when he recorded 41 victories from the 51 matches he played. During his ten years at the club, the Spanish centre back has won 1 Champions League, 1 Club World Cup, 1 European Super Cup, 3 La Liga titles, 2 Copa del Rey trophies and 2 Spanish Super Cups.
Hopefully, we all get a rest (fans included) and can come back and kick some major arse!
¡Hala Madrid y Nada Mas!