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in case you missed it – the Herculean edition

October 31, 2010

In case you missed it – Hércules vs. Real Madrid [2010-10-30].

This was our first – and hopefully last, although I seriously doubt it – remontada of the season.  And sigh… winter’s coming – the yellow winter ball was used for the first time this season.

One. Cris started out the second half a bit lost, but he eventually found his way.  He scored twice, bringing his total to 13 in the month of October (11 with Madrid and two with Portugal).  He’s currently ranked first for pichichi with 12 goals.  And he showed us some new goal celebrations!

Two. Benzema was involved with both of Cris’ goals, and his teammates were very happy for him.  In the goal celebrations, his hair – or where his hair would be if he had some – was ruffled repeatedly by his compañeros.  They’ve been doing the same to Özil – I wonder if it has any special meaning?

After the game, Karim Benzema left the field smiling, and receiving hugs, pats on the back, high fives from all his teammates.  He was very happy, saying that we have yet to see the best Karim Benzema.  And Cris was especially pleased with Benz’ performance: “I’m very happy for him.  He was key because he gave me the pass that led to the third goal.”

Now, can everyone shut up about Benzema/anxiety/goal drought/not worth the high price tag, etc.?  And while we’re at it, I want the same for David Villa.

Three. I love how we’re a team.  Pepe received some “good job” pats as he sat down on the bench, while Diarrá had some nerve-wracking moments while just sitting there cheering on his teammates.

Four. Meanwhile, Álvaro Arbeloa and Sergio Canales were having a wonderful time just chilling on the bench.  They’re probably smiling to themselves and saying, “I can’t believe I get paid for this.”

Five. Take a good look at these boots; we won’t be seeing them for much longer!  And will we be reminiscing about them in a couple of months?

The cameraman loved Cristiano.

Six. Marcelo’s hair looks smaller than usual, no?  And especially compared to that picture they used of him in the lower left corner – I can hardly remember when he used to look like that (i.e. when he and TI Robinho looked like twins).

Seven. Even though Iker and Sergio do this before every game, I never get tired of it.  I wonder if they missed doing this in the last three games?

What does Iker need the towel for?  It’s not like he sweats a lot during games.

And Iker actually had some work to do today, so why was he messing around like this?

Eight. The most entertaining Mesut Özil moments of the game: getting rejected by Marcelo, and removing the garbage from the corner.  I bet you he’s using the couple of the Spanish swear words that he knows (he definitely knows some, since that’s what any Spanish student learns first, and especially with teammates like the ones he has on Madrid) to describe the situation to the referee.

Nine. The dancers.  All three have a future in ballet.

Ten. I loved this moment.  Raúl Albiol looked a bit sleepy, so he had to do some jumping around to get his blood flowing.  And Álvaro Arbeloa was busy taping his socks.  It took him forever to finish the job.

And it was great seeing Raúl back, and having the complete set of four musketeers + Iker on the field all at the same time!

Eleven. I just liked this image; the photographer captured it at the exact right moment.

Twelve. Two of our former canteranos play for Hércules, Javier Portillo and Tote.  I miss them!  Javi had so much promise… Jorge was seen warming up, but didn’t make it into the game.

Iker and Portigol exchanged shirts after the game.

And of course, Royston Drenthe is on loan to the team from Alacant this season, and was prohibited from playing due to a clause in the contract.  I guess he didn’t offer up the money himself then!  Anyway, he watched the game from the stands, but spent part of the time before the game started on the bench with his teammates.

Thirteen. The few negative moments of the game.

– no, no and no.  If you all do that again, you’re going to be dead to me.  I’m going to write your names in my little notebook.

– I love you, Ángel Di María, but you really need to get a new goal celebration.  It’s getting to the point where I’m almost hoping he won’t score because I don’t want to see that heart anymore.

– as soon as the ref blew the whistle to end the first half, Marcelo and Ricardo Carvalho headed to him, complaining all the way.  He didn’t like that so much.

And an ugly gesture from Carvalho, kicking away the boot of the injured Nelson Valdez, who eventually had to leave the game (without his boot).  Muy feo, Ricardo.

Fourteen. The Xabi Alonso pose section™.

Xabi’s getting good at pointing.  Very boss.  He reminds me of the statue of Colón in Madrid in the third photo.

Fifteen. The Mou section.

On the left: c’mon Cris, I need you to score, and you can even do that goal celebration again.

On the right: as we’re going to win this one, no one is dead to me, so I can crumple up my list of enemies and throw it away (until the next game).

And I loved his reactions to the second and third goals.

For the second goal: while the rest of his staff was celebrating the goal, Mou was shouting out technical instructions to make sure Madrid wouldn’t blow it their lead.

For the third goal: he could finally relax, so he went all out celebrating.  I’m glad he didn’t injure himself!

Mou said after the game of Karim, “he brought a different dynamic to the game.  He didn’t score but his participation in the performance of the team was fantastic.  It’s very important for his morale; I’m very happy for him.”  And Marcelo got some praise as well: “he’s been playing fantastically well since the beginning of the season.”

Mou also said that Diarrá and Granero won’t be sold or loaned out in the winter transfer market.

The team also received the congratulations of FP in the locker room after the game, which is unusual.  He hugged Mou as well.

Sixteen. Looking ahead: no rest for the weary – there’s a training session today to start preparations for the CL game in Milan on Wednesday.  I hope all the players used that extra hour to sleep!

Yesterday was also the two-year anniversary of Rubén de la Red’s departure from the game.  I really hope everything works out well with him, and that he remains involved with the club, because he’s a real asset for us.

26 Comments leave one →
  1. Woooot! permalink
    October 31, 2010 17:25

    OMG I cannot stop laughing at Mou’s third goal celebration. Racing the other coaches to see who can get on the field and celebrate the biggest and fastest LOL. Oh I absolutely love how the assistant left to him watched him jump in the air and then attempt to do the same thing. LOL I am loving the Mou section.

    Oh and that picture of Benz is SICK.

  2. jooss permalink
    October 31, 2010 18:00

    seven: I actually don’t think that Iker is allowed to use his hands in that situation..

    eight: haha özil, I loved it when he moved the microphone and started to clean up in the courner.

    I have said it before, this blog is amazing.
    Never fails to put a smile on my face.

  3. sidney permalink
    October 31, 2010 18:17

    what a wonderful review and I hope everything will continue to go well for our team.I especially love to see how teamplayers they are in other words there is not too much competition between the players.Im especially happy for Cris and Benzema.Hala madrid:)

  4. HermosaChica permalink
    October 31, 2010 18:38

    The beso. Oh that beso. As much as I live for watching intimate moments between our players, I still can’t help but wish I was between Iker and Sergio every time they did that 😀

    The players lounging on the bench was a hilarious sight. Mohamadou’s passionate reactions were priceless 😆 I’m sure Alvaro had a doubly special time getting subbed into this time. And struggling to tape his socks was pretty adorable.

    Umm..*nervous laughter* I’m not sure whether Una was watching a different channel than mine or she missed this out due to pure motherly protection, but didn’t anyone else see Mou’s dreaded crotch shot? Poor cameraman thought he was getting the goods by focusing on the notebook when, in fact, he was getting the wrong “goods”! This unfortunately went on for longer than it should’ve. Yup, just thought I’d get that out there.

    I must admit, I was laughing at the “boot kick” for a good six minutes after it happened. But, honestly, I thought Ricardo was a “senior” member of the team 😉

    All in all, well done boys! Glad we didn’t have to see the “Kaka I want to squish your butt” celebration.

    • November 1, 2010 02:08

      Oh yeah, I saw “that” moment, I thought I’d stop breathing from laugther, too hilarious. I even saw it today somewhere as a gif, but can’t find it now! LOL

    • Maisoun permalink
      November 1, 2010 06:17

      “Mou’s dreaded crotch shot” I did see that lol disturbing much?….I said this the day of the game and I’ll say it again…Right idea, Wrong Crotch.

  5. Aika permalink
    October 31, 2010 20:03

    Hahaha! Daddy Mou, unable to compose himself!

  6. Cindy permalink
    October 31, 2010 20:04

    OMG. That game, I really don’t want to go thru that again. I was screaming so much that my neighbors were ready to call the police. Fantastic as always Una.:)

  7. Lulja permalink
    October 31, 2010 20:12

    Nice summary as usual. And, yes, Mou’s reactions were more than EPIC! I wonder when we will get the pleasure to see Cris’ new, naughty boots.

    By the way – I definitely agree on what you said about Benzema and especially Villa! I was so happy he scored today.

  8. Maisoun permalink
    October 31, 2010 20:22

    I dont know how I missed the Khedergio (Khedeira & Sergio) love during Cris’s goal celebration! They make a lovely celebrating couple 😉 but not as lovely as Sergio & Iker…Seiker? lol I saw that little smooch and at once all was right in the world haha Bromance at its finest!

    Albiol’s take on ‘The twist’ cracked me up, our boys have moves! ;D

  9. October 31, 2010 22:21

    Hilarious reaction by Mou , i wonder what he’ll do if we win the Camp Nou 😀 . A little harsh on Di Maria though , i love his heart !!

    Great recap , thanks.

    • YouNeverWalkAlone permalink
      November 1, 2010 02:39

      Hahah I know! He’s just toooo cute.

  10. LaBlanca permalink
    October 31, 2010 22:38

    i thought Mou crumpling that sheet of paper and had to grin. Haha I knew yout bringt it up here. But its a great sign isnt it? 🙂

    Amazing post again Una. Love this “In case you missed it” editions especially! Great stuff!!!!

  11. Joe permalink
    October 31, 2010 22:57

    I love Mou and his assistants reactions to the goals!!!!! LOL True passion!!

  12. JulieFromParis permalink
    October 31, 2010 23:53

    Whaooo, so relieved for Karim because Marca and co wouldn’t leave him alone, moral harassment really!! They’re lucky enough Perez is not JM Aulas (Lyon’s dirigente) because there would have been some blood in the corridors i tell u (a few days ago, Aulas slapped some guy in the nearest stand for having insulting some players and the team, and he got mad at a famous journalist from “l’Equipe” who has been really critical about Lyon for quite a long time now, even calling him names at the end of the press conference, that was something!!).
    I watched téléfoot during breakfast, and they went to some madridista bar during the game, and I was “super decepcionada” by the way some “hinchas” were acting ( putting Karim’s picture out of the wall as if not part of the team anymore ://)

    Anyway, the little peck on the cheek was the most adorable thing 🙂

  13. Deb permalink
    November 1, 2010 00:43

    I absolutely LOVE the recaps and the pics are always priceless. How on earth do you get them?! lol

    I have to admit I was quite nervous in the first half. It wasn’t the Madrid we were used to seeing. I have to credit Hercules tho…they definitely put up a fight and pressured the ball well….looks like they took a page out of Mou’s book. The second half was MUCH better

    Mou’s celebrations are great! I saw the crotch shot too…stayed on there a bit too long, imo. lol

    Was glad to see Benzema being subbed in and making a difference in the game. Hopefully, it will do a lot to boost his confidence. The fact that both Mou and Cris spoke well of him has to mean a lot to him. 🙂

    Jooss, you’re right. when the ball is kicked back to him by a teammate, he can’t use his hands. If it’s headed back, he can. Iker had some great saves!

  14. Gillian permalink
    November 1, 2010 02:00

    I love Cris’ look of concentration.

    Also, M.Diarra’s look on the bench? Adorable.

    Thanks, as always, for recapping. Great post!

  15. Patchist permalink
    November 1, 2010 11:34

    “Now, can everyone shut up about Benzema/anxiety/goal drought/not worth the high price tag, etc.? And while we’re at it, I want the same for David Villa.”

    Thank you for this! Villa is not infallible he still has his bad moments. People are quick to judge him just because he has scored for this season yet.

    BTW, I can’t believe I missed this game! Argh! Una, can you put up a little section in the main page for the next or upcoming RM matches?

    • Patchist permalink
      November 1, 2010 11:38

      Oooh check that. He scored 2 goals in their last match. w00t w00t! I missed that game too. 😦

    • Ebrahim permalink
      November 1, 2010 18:08

      go on the official real Madrid site the next game is posted there(

      • Patchist permalink
        November 2, 2010 08:30

        Yeah but I visit this site more often than RM’s official site. This stuff is written better for me. LOL.

  16. emily permalink
    November 1, 2010 16:11

    Your blog makes my day, everyday.

  17. November 1, 2010 17:14

    bb, I always love and never get bored with The Xabi Alonso pose section
    someday, you should make a post about it, I bet he had a lot of boss pose 😀

  18. Jennifer permalink
    November 2, 2010 00:27

    So much awesome in one post. Thank you again for your amazing work – it makes me feel slightly better about missing games knowing I can get all the good stuff in one go!

    Cris is just on fire lately – but I can’t wait to see how Crackovia spins this 😛

    The most hilarious thing definitely has to be Diarrá’s reaction to… who knows, really, but it looks bad/funny! His facial expression is just pure, unadulterated genius.

  19. Deb permalink
    November 2, 2010 00:38

    speaking of thumbs up…. did you see this article on RM’s website?

    Sergio, Sergio, Sergio….what have you started? lol


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