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yesterday’s news – the boring edition

November 26, 2010

The upcoming el clásico is on everyone’s minds, with one exception.

One. UEFA has announced yesterday that they have opened a disciplinary case against José Mourinho and four of the players (Iker, Sergio, Xabi and Dudek) after their “improper conduct” in the win over Ajax on Tuesday.  The disciplinary hearing will take place on Nov. 30.  In response, Madrid posted a message on their web site saying that they have been notified that the case has been open, and that they are surprised by the decision since they “understand it does not follow the content of UEFA’s Disciplinary Regulations.”

I’m not saying or condoning what did or did not happen, but how does UEFA intend to prove that Madrid partook in “improper conduct?”  And if there is not anything in their rule books that specifically forbids what happened, what kind of case do they have?  And, are they doing this because it’s Real Madrid that’s involved?

Two. Xabi and Cristiano attended an act organized by bwin to talk about the upcoming Barcelona-Madrid game.

Cristiano’s take on the game was that “it’s one more game… although it’s an important game for both teams.  We’re one point ahead, and even though it’ll be difficult because we’re playing away, I’m confident that we’ll go in looking for a good result.”  He also talked about the style of the teams: “we have our own identity, we don’t copy anyone and we’re going to continue like that because we’re getting good results from our style of play.”

Meanwhile, Xabi was his cautious self, saying that “right now we’re doing things well, but we have to continue improving.  We don’t want to stop.”  And after complimenting the play of Barcelona, he added, “the two games, both in the Camp Nou and the Bernabéu, are very important, but apart from those there are a lot more to play.”  Xabi revealed his keys to success: “if we play well, if we play like a team, if we’re strong in our attack and strong in our defense… this is the recipe to win in the Camp Nou.  Anything can happen, but we have to play like that to be able to win there.”  His bet for the game is a “2” (that means a win for the visiting team).

I love how Cris seems to get excited when he discovers his chair has wheels, about 15 seconds in!  And Xabi totally rocks that hoodie, no?  Plus, you have to love how succinct Cris is – “yo.”

Three. Álvaro Arbeloa was tasked with giving a press conference yesterday, and of course, talk was centered on el clásico.  Álvaro said, “it’s an important game because they’re our biggest rival in Spain and we all know what will happen if we win, and on their field.  We’re going in with this idea and hopefully we’ll be able to bring joy to the fans.”  He added, “we have a lot of confidence, we’re doing things well and the team is working hard… we intend to play our football and achieve a good result.”

Four. Mou, in declarations to AS, said, “we all have the responsibility of making Monday’s game a super game for everyone… we’re physically good and we know what we have to do, but we’re facing a team that has worked together for a long time, in contrast to our few months.  In any case, we’ll be prepared for any situation.”  

Five. Sergio, during the presentation of the Champions for Africa game (more on that here), was of course asked about that game on Monday.  He said that “it’s going to be a special game.  Both teams are doing well at the moment and football lovers are going to enjoy it a lot, especially the fans of the team that wins.  We’re convinced that we can achieve something good against Barcelona.”  He went on, “we always go onto the field with the feeling, the desire and the objective of winning.  It would be a mistake to step onto the Camp Nou field with any other mindset… we have a positive mindset that we can do something big and aspire to win titles.  In order for that to happen, we need to win on important fields, and one of them is the Camp Nou.”

The fun edition is coming up!

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. cr74life permalink
    November 26, 2010 08:32

    sad fact is uefa are doing this just because of mourinho, they hate him, like he said that he probably wont win coach of the year award because he fellow coaches hate him and wont vote for him. Players love him like a 2nd dad, hell even maradona loves him, but jealousy from others can lead to unfair things.

  2. November 26, 2010 09:25

    Really, this whole thing about the Ajax match is being blown out of proportion!!
    I just can’t see how they have had “unsporting” behaviour; clearly, with so few minutes left in the game, Ajax would not have been able to equalise or win!So Ajax has in no way been penalised!
    So even if Xabi and Sergio had themselves deliberately sent off, it was simply strategic, nothing malicious!
    Seeing this news being repeated by practically all news channels is really getting irritating!!!!
    Just hope all this doesn’t affect their preparations (mental, especially) for the Clasico!

  3. Kai permalink
    November 26, 2010 12:07

    I sincerely do believe that UEFA are conducting this investigation simply because it is Real Madrid and Jose Mourinho. Wow, imagine if Ronaldo had also been told to get the 2nd yellow. And then Wenger just has to criticize Jose. I guess it’s fair, lol, seeing as Mourinho has been critical of the Arsene too.

    I like the confidence of the players. Unfortunately, I can’t help but be a little pessimistic. I hate how the players get asked that question of who’s going to win. 😦 Of course they’re not going to say the other team but it’s like they’re being overconfident in their success, even though that’s not truly it. Ronaldo is definitely the first choice free kick taker in my opinion but, again, I wish he hadn’t said that himself and totally disregard Xabi…But who am I in the end, I suppose. His supreme confidence in himself made him one of the best players in the world. And lol at him being impressed by the wheely chair.

    But again with my pessimism…I don’t recall Madrid’s stat coming into Camp Nou last year but I do remember that in the game at the Bernabeu, they were ahead by Barca by 1 point as well and we all know what happened then.

    Yeah, I’m anxious. Hala Madrid.

  4. November 26, 2010 12:45

    UEFA’s way of acting is not understandable for me. They better get their act together when it comes to brutal fouls. But of course, it’s easier for them to actually make a big deal out of somethin small so it looks as if they are doing something, and they can avoid facing real problems.

    anyway, Sexio, MrFather, MrCaptain and Mr-IDefendPenalties in CLFinalGoLiverpool, if you need a lawyer to defend you, I am so in!

  5. November 26, 2010 12:46

    I also like that Alvaro spoke to the press. He scored a wonderful goal and he plays great, when he is given a chance, so good for him that he could also speak on behalf of the team.

  6. Cosi permalink
    November 26, 2010 16:11

    Ugh, re: One. No condoning from me, either, but what a waste of time calling RM out. So ridiculous it’s giving me giggle fits. Jeje.

  7. November 26, 2010 19:34

    Meh the UEFA has no right!

  8. JulieFromParis permalink
    November 26, 2010 20:48

    Just so you know, in 2008 Cris and Juninho from Lyon were also accused by UEFA to have been carded deliberately against Bayern M., to come with a clean sheet for a CL new round. They had to attend hearings and had to pay somethg like 15 000 € but were not suspended.

  9. Maisoun permalink
    November 26, 2010 22:35

    The UEFA “investigation” is just bullshit and bringing Iker and Dudek into it is just crazy on top of it all…its a shame that this is being made into such a big issue with el clásico right around the corner, which everyone’s focus should be on instead of this mess….

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