My lack of posts is getting ridiculous, I will be fixing that and getting back to posting at least an article per week, if not more. With that said, let’s talk about my favorite subject or should I say my favorite team?
With that said, let’s talk about the match between Paris Saint Germain, and Real Madrid in the Champions League. In the first leg, both teams caused hardly any damage to each other. The usual big names seemed to be missing, names such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Of course taking into consideration that if both teams tied, it wouldn’t be a bad thing, it might be beneficial for both since there is still another leg to play, for the second leg, los Blancos had home field advantage. I don’t know about many of you, but I quite enjoy their press conferences both, before the matches and after the matches, maybe it’s a sports reporter thing?
I’m not going to lie, as a Real Madrid fan, I expected a lot more from the team in the first leg, I expected it to at least end favoring los blancos, but it ended with one point for each, which like I said before, is not a bad thing. For the second leg, there was a lot more at stake, such as points and qualifying to the next round. Without key players, such as Gareth Bale or Karim Benzema, Real Madrid had to once again adjust the alignment.
Even though Rafa Benitez had James Rodriguez and Luka Modric back on the squad and available for playing time, Benitez specifically mentioned that James had been out of synch for a while, and that he needed to readjust the lost time but was available to play should it be necessary.
Many say that the injuries in Benitez’s team were a blessing in disguise because he has given opportunity to the players many thought would be benched.
For the match itself, it seemed PSG had an advantage, Real Madrid’s defense was very sloppy and uncoordinated, which is unlikely but putting into consideration the adjustments they had to make, it was clear PSG had more of an advantage. Surprisingly, none of the attempts they made went in, and some were so close that you would question yourself, how did that not go in? This match was very aggressive and very physical, with many yellow cards distributed. After the 30th or so minute Benitez had to substitute one of his most prolific and efficient players, with an apparent injury, Marcelo was substituted for Nacho. The youngster received a pass and scored a brilliant volley, putting the blancos on board and qualifying them for the next round. After halftime, much of the match continued the same way, PSG had various clear chances but could not add the finishing touch, Keylor Navas had a spectacular performance and even made the record book, being one of the only goalies to continue keeping his clean sheet, for the past 6 games in the UEFA Champions League.
After a victorious Bernabeu night, in which Los Blancos saw themselves moving on to the next stage in the Champions League, they would now come into la liga to face Sevilla. Real Madrid were coming into this match, undefeated and atop of the Spanish League. Sergio Ramos would put Madrid on the scoreboard with a brilliant bicycle kick goal, definitely worth watching it more than once. Unfortunately, it also seemed Ramos injured himself after that goal. Benitez had brought out some of the players that had missed some of the action for a while like Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez. After about 14 minutes after Ramos had scored Sevilla’s Ciro Immobile would also net one for the home team. It was now a tied match. Things would only get worse after halftime when Sevilla would find the net twice, Ever Banega and Fernando Llorente would make this a 3-1 match, certainly turning things around for Benitez’s men. But Madrid is not the type of team to just give up the match even if they are losing. James Rodriguez would score after aggregate time, with a final score of 3-2, Real Madrid were handed their first loss of the season in la liga and lost their top place in Spanish league table.
Real Madrid will now have time before facing their number one foe, Barcelona in the clasico, in which Real Madrid can regain their top spot in the league. The international break will serve as a time to regain confidence as well as better themselves as athletes and as a team.