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in case you missed it – the semifinals edition

April 14, 2011

In case you missed it – Tottenham vs. Real Madrid [2011-04-13, Champions League quarterfinals vuelta, 0-1].

Well, for the first time in a long time, we’re in the Champions League semifinals, and against Barcelona no less!  So, get ready for the three weeks of clásicos, starting this weekend with the Liga game, and then the final of the Copa del Rey, and the Champions semifinals to cap it all off, if you’re still alive and breathing at that point.

ONE. Who is Sergio thinking of?

TWO. Pepe traveled with the team, even though he had to sit this match out.  Cristiano seemed happy that he was there.  And Zizou was looking fantastic, as usual.

More anecdotes before the game – Cristiano threw a little kid’s tantrum after his kick went wide of the goal, while Sergio tried to get Iker’s attention, and then reverted back to his favorite pose.

As the teams took to the field, Cris was only worried about his hair.  And it appeared that everyone just ignored the Champions League theme as it played.

THREE. Speaking of Cris’ hair, he showed up for this game with his hair plastered to his scalp, the work of a very liberal amount of gel (several of the game summaries I read all mentioned that his head was “bien engominada”).  I like this style on him!

You just know that Mesut is going to get yelled at after the game for touching the hair.  After the game, Cris said “whoever laughs last laughs the best,” and like an obedient soldier, he refused to talk about the provocative statements/gestures from the Barcelona camp.

FOUR. Poor Cris – 10 seconds into the game and he was already down on the ground, having received a kick in the culo.

Sami and Sergio would share the same fate during the game.

FIVE. What a great picture, no?  Raúl, Sami and Álvaro are all claiming innocence.  Or else they’re being held up.

SIX. I love seeing the team during moments where we don’t usually get to see them, such as waiting to get back onto the field after the half.

SEVEN. I can’t be the only one that was disappointed that Marcelo was out there playing and not on the bench, right, after his antics against Bilbao?  Me, my friend, eat, my God, my papagayo!

EIGHT. The obligatory Iker shots.

It was Iker’s turn last night to flash the thigh, like countless teammates of his had done in the past.

NINE. We got lucky with the goal (not that we really needed it) and I think Iker felt a bit bad for Heurelho Gomes, as he knows what a goalkeeper who has made a mistake feels like.  Gomes, incidentally, looked just like Iker had last year, in his all orange, carrot-like outfit.  He and Iker can make a salad!

Cris celebrated with his customary claws.  For Ricky?

TEN. I love the purple kits, but I didn’t like Cris’ purple-but-not-in-a-complementary-shade boots (Ozi wore the same ones), or the sheer purple shirts that Kaká and Granero wore under their long-sleeved shirts.  Too much purple can be a bad thing.

ELEVEN. Random moments: Mesut and Sergio nearly collide while playing defense; Álvaro gestures madly; Karim looks bored as Karanka flips through like ten pages of notes for him to learn before he checks in; and the bromantic hug.

TWELVE. This isn’t the first time that Cristiano has shown concern for Sami Khedira!  Maybe Sami can mention this endearing trait the next time (and it will be soon) a German journalist asks him what Cristiano Ronaldo is like.

THIRTEEN. Rafa, just because.  He certainly has an interesting way of drinking water, no?

FOURTEEN. Despite Madrid winning the game and advancing to the semis, Pipita still felt the urge to bite his nails at the conclusion of the game.

He also went out onto the field with his best friend Eze Garay to hug Rafa.  Mou was also there on the sidelines, shaking hands and high-fiving all of his players and those of Tottenham, including Rafa, who got a hug.  Iker ended up with Gareth Bale’s shirt, and Manu Adebayor also traded shirts (Kaká did as well).

FIFTEEN. The Xabi Alonso pose section.™

I love how Xabi poses even while receiving medical treatment.  Look at the arm go up to his waist!

I wish I could examine Xabi’s mouth that closely.  Examining would be the first step, and then…

A couple of Xabi’s customary poses.

Xabi said after the game, “¡A por ellos!” referring to the semifinals against Barcelona.

His teammates also imitated him.

SIXTEEN. The Mou corner.

In his postgame press conference, Mou advised that “we can’t force cards.  They will sanction me if I do that while others can do that, so Carvalho won’t play the first leg, but he will be there for the second leg.  We are not allowed to create situations that others are allowed to… One of the keys (against Barcelona) will be to end the game with 11 players.  For some reason, someone always ends up expelled when we play them.”

SEVENTEEN. Other notes:

Ricardo Carvalho will miss the first semifinal match, as he got a yellow in this game and is suspended for the following match.  That leaves Sergio Ramos, Raúl Albiol, Cristiano Ronaldo and Ángel di María as the ones in the “danger zone.”

Mesut Özil was the player who clocked up the most distance yesterday, as he ran 11.9 kilometers over the course of the game.  Sami Khedira (11.8) and Marcelo (11.4) rounded out the top three, while for Tottenham, Rafa van der Vaart ran 12.8 kilometers.

Madrid will train this afternoon at 15:30 to begin preparing for Saturday’s game.

Meanwhile, in the other Champions League quarterfinals match on Wednesday, Raúl’s Schalke eliminated defending champions Inter Milan, possibly setting up a final with “his” Real Madrid.  As Rulo said after the game, “I hope we pass and that Real Madrid, my Real Madrid, wins the other semifinal, and we see each other in London.”  I don’t know how I’d feel about that.

Some amazing stats: according to Mister Chip, Raúl has played more CL matches (139) than the rest of his fellow Schalke starters (99) yesterday.  He’s scored more goals in the tournament than all Belgian, Danish, Uruguayan, Scottish, Swiss and Austrian footballers combined.  And if he were a country, he would be one of the top 20 goal scoring countries in the history of the CL (88 countries).

EIGHTEEN. Other news:  Juvenil National League Group 12 winners Juvenil B got a pasillo during their game against Rayo Majadahonda last night.  The game ended 1-1, with Rai scoring for Madrid.

78 Comments leave one →
  1. edgar permalink
    April 14, 2011 14:58

    i thought when you reach the semifinals the yellow cards you have gets wiped clean? If not then UEFA is a stupid organization because a player who recieved all his yellow cards in the 1st few group stage games could miss the final if he recieves another yellow on the 2nd leg game.

    • maddy permalink
      April 14, 2011 17:10

      i agree, its beyond stupid.

  2. April 14, 2011 15:01

    Una, thanks so much for this post. You must have worked all night to get it out so fast! I’m still at the ‘over the moon’ stage thanks to last nights match!

    I have to ask – what are ” the provocative statements/gestures from the Barcelona camp”?

    • April 14, 2011 15:35

      Sandro Rosell predicting a 5-0, Joan Gaspart saying he should have said 14-0 instead and that he would never apologize for making a comment like that, Valdés’s comment on whether Madrid’s last victory was when TV was still black and white, the “manita” campaign…

      • Pam permalink
        April 14, 2011 16:27

        Rosell and Gaspart have big mouths, granted.

        I personally thought Valdes’s response was very witty. If I remember correctly, he was told that Madrid leads the head to head in El Clasico. He asked if that was in black and white or color. I don’t believe he said the last Madrid victory was during black and white. He just meant that Madrid used to win a lot of El Clasicos in the early years than Barca did. I didn’t find anything offensive there.

      • April 14, 2011 16:49

        I didn’t know Valdes said that! What a thing to say, to think that some of his Spain teammates are in Madrid! And that only a few seasons ago Barca were lining up for the pasillo for Madrid!

        While Madrid has had its own share of verbal diarrhea, I am so happy that the team chose to take the high road. It’s not ideal having to issue your players a gag order, but better that than them being provoked into saying something stupid.

      • April 14, 2011 17:15

        *headdesk* Why did i even ask?!! Curiosity sometimes really kills the cat.

        I am so, so glad that Mou’s asked all our players not to talk about the barca matches. Let their reps stoop to whatever level they wish, sometimes silence is really the best answer.

      • Cat permalink
        April 14, 2011 19:01

        What’s the “Manita” campaign?

      • blitzen13 permalink
        April 14, 2011 19:05

        Don’t forget the “Mou, res!” song from this week’s Crackovia! 😀

      • ameera permalink
        April 15, 2011 00:21

        i think you should also mention that sandro rosell said it as a joke. he wasn’t being serious. the media made more of it than what it was. and also pellegrini made comments about madrid and cristiano as well and yet I don’t see them on here. its unfair to point out rosell’s comments and not pellegrini’s. and yes before anyone asks i am a madrid fan but i just get sick and tired of both camps trying to make the other look bad to the fans…its ridiculous.

        • April 15, 2011 10:38

          Manuel Pellegrini is not affiliated with Real Madrid anymore. Sandro Rosell is the president of Barcelona. That’s a big difference.

          And regardless of whether Rosell’s comment was a joke or not, it wasn’t very astute. Otherwise why would Pep Guardiola say the next day that it could have been avoided?

  3. maddy permalink
    April 14, 2011 15:08

    i love your work una!! such a service. one request – more ozil. mooorrreeee…:)

    • April 14, 2011 15:35

      He needs to start doing more interesting things then.

      • maddy permalink
        April 14, 2011 18:23

        uh oh. mesut just did something horribly interesting. pouty lips on a jaundiced face. when will the v-necks and denim jackets get donated to charity. why do i love this guy so much?

      • Jill permalink
        April 14, 2011 21:33

        I agree… more Özil please. And he just posted something “interesting” on his Facebook page although I really don’t want to draw attention to it… A little cheesy for my taste, but that’s just my opinion! 😉

  4. April 14, 2011 15:21

    That GIF of Mesut and Xavi almost colliding into each other disappointed me to the max. I didn’t expect Özil to have to use his arms to push that Tottenham player back. I guess this is why people say that Real Madrid play dirty.

    • April 14, 2011 15:36

      Xavi? Where’s Xavi?

      • Henrik permalink
        April 14, 2011 16:12

        hahaha i thought it was wierd too

      • Hala_Madrid permalink
        April 14, 2011 18:10

        lol Xavi? Somebody needs to pay more attention to the names ; )

      • blitzen13 permalink
        April 14, 2011 19:07

        And when is he getting off the bus?!?

      • mar permalink
        April 14, 2011 19:19

        nice review, as always, but i didn’t quite understand your last comment here…

        • April 15, 2011 10:33

          The commentator mentioned Xavi. I was merely questioning where she saw him because as far as I know, he wasn’t playing in the Tottenham-Real Madrid game.

      • April 14, 2011 22:19

        Oops, I meant Xabi Alonso. My bad.

      • Ange permalink
        April 15, 2011 00:51

        When did Xavi switch teams *lmao* j/k …. I don’t see Xavi either una…. jajaja

      • debsen permalink
        April 15, 2011 02:47

        Una when you posted that, all I can think of is Alleke asking for Xavi during the WC parade :). Where’s Xavi????

    • thea permalink
      April 14, 2011 16:57

      sorry but xavi plays for barca and not for real. Xabi is the one playing for real + in that gif are Mesut and Sergio.

    • April 14, 2011 18:36

      Uh, what are you talking about? O.o?

    • Lulja permalink
      April 14, 2011 19:00

      In case you didn’t know, in football, that phenomenon is called “one-versus-one” situation. And, coincidentally, it occurs in every match.
      Is it just me or does Sergio not quite look like Xavi (ignoring the fact that he isn’t even a RM player)?

      • April 16, 2011 03:54

        Guys, relax.
        What I meant was Sergio.

        I apologize for not being precise with the names but the point was Özil’s actions. And yes, I have watched football before… I’ve been following Özil’s career since 2008. The thing that bothered me was a change in his behaviour on the pitch. Perhaps not all of Real Madrid plays dirty.

        So I guess I shouldn’t have generalized this for the rest of the team. I love Madrid with all my heart 🙂 It was just a peculiar thing for Özil to do that; something different.

        P.S. Much love and respect for Xavi, Mr. Classy Xabi and Sergio.

    • Cosi permalink
      April 14, 2011 20:18

      ehhh do you watch football, mate? i could understand if you were talking about some other moves during the game, but that looks pretty common to me. Tons of players do the same thing when racing for the ball.

      Also, mistaking Sexio for Mr. Classy is a big deal on this blog 😉

      • Cosi permalink
        April 15, 2011 06:49

        actually, just realized you might already be daydreaming about Saturday’s game with Barcelona and Xavi, lol! 😛 It was a pretty dirty game, I’ll agree on that…

    • Devyn permalink
      April 15, 2011 00:09

      You mean Sergio?

    • Jenny permalink
      April 15, 2011 03:54

      There is no Xavi on the Tottenham team – or on the Madrid team either.

      It’s not Xabi (spelled nearly the same way) either.

    • maddy permalink
      April 15, 2011 12:13

      i didnt see anything wrong with ozil’s action there. that’s what all players do when there are 2 players running for the same ball. i doubt its a conscious effort to push the other player away.

  5. April 14, 2011 15:44

    hello thanks for the posts!
    iker’s shirt looks a bit short and uneven today
    wonder if he cut it off a bit too much! hoho
    did he make any saves?

    • maddy permalink
      April 15, 2011 12:18

      if you ask me, ikers jerseys kinda look like maternity smocks/blouses. he needs to consult stekelenberg on goalkeepers apparel

  6. IsaBella permalink
    April 14, 2011 15:47

    I can’t wait for the first clasico although I might just change my mind after Saturday’s result… I do hope, however, that it won’t be another 5:0… it just can’t be.
    Cristiano looks like Humphrey Bogart with this hairstyle 😉
    “He and Iker can make a salad!” – quote of the day!
    When the game eneded the cameras showed Iker speaking with Manu Adebayor, first he said something to him in Spanish (like “vamos hermano”) and then I guess he said something in English but I didn’t hear well what it was.

    • Ally permalink
      April 15, 2011 15:18

      I also heard the last part between Manolito and Iker, but i couldn’t understand what they were saying.. too bad 😦

  7. Deb S permalink
    April 14, 2011 16:31

    huh? Xavi in a Madrid v Tottenham game? o_O

    Surely you’re not talking about the pic with Ozi & Sergio?! If so…THAT was a push?! Are you kidding me? Was that the first football/soccer game you’ve ever watched?

  8. April 14, 2011 16:39

    Goodness me. If, at the end of the 18 days, I haven’t pulled all my hair out and gained 5 lbs. from all the stress eating, I will consider myself lucky. It’s extremely exciting and also terrifying… I don’t even know what else to say except, HALA MADRID!

  9. April 14, 2011 16:52

    wonderful post UnaMadridista, thanks a lot!!!!!!

    I love everything, the gifs, the comments (the salad from the goalkeeper’s cause of their clothes LOL) etc.

    Xabi never dissapoints when it comes to posing (besides playing of course). Everytime I think there are no more situations in which he can so graciously, such a new situation occurs (here, the one when they examined his mouth, wow).

    I was sure completely that RM would advance to the semis, before yesterdays match. The thought of 4 el clasicos makes me a bit sick though. I mean, it seems like if someone told me few months ago that we would get to see 4 of them in such short period of time, I would jump up and down from happiness. It’s just every football’s fan dream, like a football Christmas with 4 great presents.

    However, now, my dominant feeling is anxiousness. I am usually optimistic and I do believe in the team, but I do not know how I will handle all four of those games! Even though, sportswise, the first one in La Liga is not the most important of them, but mentally it kinda is because the loss at home (which I hope will NOT happen) could set up the tone of the rest 3 of them.

    Last but not least: RAUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG, how happy I am for him. I do support RM, but somewhere deep in my heart I would not be totally unhappy if Schalke won CL with Raul scoring in the final! 😉

  10. superfan permalink
    April 14, 2011 16:53

    I wouldn’t know how I’d feel about the possibility of meeting Schalke in the final either. I’d want Madrid to win but damnnn, it’s Raul, my captain. But so much more to go through before thinking that much ahead!

    Bring on Barcelona! And hopefully, we’d have the last laugh! 🙂

    Thank you for yet another brilliant post, Una!

  11. April 14, 2011 17:40

    Oh Zizou, he is like fine wine he gets better looking every year.
    I loved Iker’s reaction to the Gomes howler. It shows what a classy person he is and that as a goalkeeper he understands what it feels like to commit such a mistake.
    I enjoyed watching this game because with all due respect I knew that Spurs won’t get their miracle.

    Una, I love your blog , it makes me feel happy because it is always interesting. I hope this blog acts as a tension reliever in the upcoming weeks because those 4 clasicos are already making me nervous. The Madrid and Catalan press have already gone crazier than normal and the war of words will surely increase in rate everyday. So thank you for your efforts.

    • April 14, 2011 17:45

      And I forgot to mention, if we reach the final *knock on wood* then I want us to face Manchester Utd. because I can’t imagine Raúl playing against RM! That would just be too much especially if he scores or….. but lets not get carried away ,first we have a big obstacle in front of us and we have to concentrate on overcoming it.

      • April 15, 2011 22:05

        Ogod this!! I don’t want to even imagine our captain (he’s always be our captain for me!) playing against us. It would be just heartbreaking. To me Raúl will always represent our team. This is kinda illogical I know, but that’s just what he means to me.

  12. Erika permalink
    April 14, 2011 17:46

    you never cease to make me laugh! although, as a fan of tottenham as well, i was disappointed to see no gareth bale! but great job, otherwise. 🙂

  13. Hala_Madrid permalink
    April 14, 2011 18:13

    Una Thanks so much again, I enjoyed this game so much. It was my birthday and what a great to celebrate it but with the team going to semi-finals. I Also Love Cristiano Ronaldo’s hair he looks so preppy and i love preppy boys =D I am ready for the four classicos. Nothing would make me happier but to leave Barcelona out of UCL and win la copa del rey. Our boys can do it.
    P.S: Sergio Ramo’s kiss was for me lol

    • IsaBella permalink
      April 15, 2011 11:37

      what a great day for a birthday with Madrid advancing to the semis, no? Happy Birthday 🙂

      • Hala_Madrid permalink
        April 15, 2011 17:38

        Yes thank you, it was a great one thanks to the team i love them =)

  14. jean permalink
    April 14, 2011 18:29

    One is a very bad pic of Sergio.
    Im happy for Cris’s goal.I love Mou:) And I dont know how Im going to survive the next three weeks.Im alread anxious just thinking about it.But I know that our players will deliver.Hala madrid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Ally permalink
    April 14, 2011 18:59

    “He and Iker can make a salad!”
    Great ICYMI una, thank you 🙂

  16. Linda permalink
    April 14, 2011 19:47

    One of the things I loved most about this match was the way Mou responded to having to knock Harry out of the running. He really seemed sincerely sorry that it had to come to that and for having to be the one to end the magnificent time Harry and The Spurs had been having. The media love to focus on him when he “gloats” – no one mentions when he’s classy…

  17. Didi permalink
    April 14, 2011 19:59

    We’re through to the semi-finals!!! Finally!!
    #3: I don’t think that Cris can be mad at Ozi for touching his hair since he has done the same with Ozi’s hair (actually worse) when Cris scored the second goal against Malaga on 16 October.
    #4: I laughed so hard when I saw where Cris was hurt. I wish I was there to comfort him.
    #5: How cute is it to see that all three of them have the same “I’m innocent-look and pose”? Really adore them.
    #11: A mad Arbeloa….so hot!!:P
    #14: After the game you saw Iker talking to Manu. I wonder in what language since Iker doesn’t speak English en Manu doesn’t understand Spanish.
    #15: It’s funny to see that Xabi is still very feisty even when he’s injured. He tried to explain to the referee how he got injured with his mouth full of blood.
    #17: It’s great that Raul and his Schalke are also through to the semi-finals. I hope that the final is between Schalke and Real. That would be great (even more when Real wins).

    Now up to Saturdays game. Can’t wait!!!!

    • IsaBella permalink
      April 15, 2011 11:39

      “After the game you saw Iker talking to Manu. I wonder in what language since Iker doesn’t speak English en Manu doesn’t understand Spanish.” – I saw that too, I think at first Iker said something to Manu in Spanish and then tried to say something in English but I didn’t hear well what it was…

  18. April 14, 2011 20:04

    AHAHAHAHA, I too was amused at how Van der Vaart was drinking from that water bottle.

  19. SunnyK permalink
    April 14, 2011 20:04

    Breaks my heart into a million little pieces to see Raul in another team’s colors! Though, I’m happy he’s doing well and I hope he continues to score more & more. I hope Schalke do make it to the final (mainly because I don’t care for Man U one bit), but it’s against everything in me to ever root against Raul!

    Anyway, great post! Love the gifs!

  20. Cosi permalink
    April 14, 2011 20:21

    Choked when I saw (1)- Una, you’re hilarious!! And (5) looks like 3 Real Madrid dancers posing. Poor Rafa. AMAZING! hahahahaha this blog makes my day, every day…. thanks, Una! Can’t wait for the semi-finals!

  21. mickymacky permalink
    April 14, 2011 20:33

    i’ll be reading something serious on your post and then you suddenly end with something like, “He and Iker can make a salad!”


    on a serious note, too bad that carvalho will miss the 1st leg 😦

  22. Erica permalink
    April 14, 2011 20:44

    “And if he were a country, he would be one of the top 20 goal scoring countries in the history of the CL”

    …who do I send my paperwork to to become a citizen of the Republica Raul?

  23. IsaBella permalink
    April 14, 2011 21:28

    I have just noticed: Una you’re watching a Russian channel!! 😀

    • April 15, 2011 10:35

      No, that’s just the best broadcast of the game I found for making the gifs.

      • IsaBella permalink
        April 15, 2011 11:41

        maybe I should look for it too since it really looks great 🙂

  24. black widow permalink
    April 14, 2011 21:36

    We got lucky with the goal (not that we really needed it) and I think Iker felt a bit bad for Heurelho Gomes, as he knows what a goalkeeper who has made a mistake feels like.

    this is exactly what i thought, too. i thought it very ‘iker’ of iker to react the way he did … all the other RM players were jumping up and down with excitement (as they should be), and he just looked sad and regretful, because he’s been there and he knows exactly how gomes felt. especially as it was a home game for spurs and the goal was completely unnecessary as we would have advanced regardless … it would have been nice for them to have had a 0-0 tie (and continue their unbeaten streak at home). not that i’m a spurs fan, but i’m just saying, the goal was very bittersweet. and i think iker really felt and understood that. just one more reason to love him. 🙂

  25. Maddi permalink
    April 14, 2011 22:22

    I LOVE Cris’s hair like that!!! I like it better than the stegosaurus for sure…
    I felt bad for Gomes as well, but I’m glad with the result. It was nice of Iker to feel some empathy for a fellow GK.
    Raul!!!!!! I’m so glad for him! I do hope Schalke get as far as possible in the tournament (without winning it if they’re playing against us though 😦 ….) so seeing Raul in the final against us would be great for Schalke (they’ve become “my team” in Germany), although kind of sad. I wouldn’t mind if he scored in the game (if we won in the end, of course…)

    “My Real Madrid” almost made me cry.

  26. April 14, 2011 23:39

    Didn’t Sergio’s ass look more beautiful last night? I think yes, the purple suits him ❤

  27. Ange permalink
    April 15, 2011 01:09

    Sergio is probably thinking of Iker …. you know he likes giving kisses … jajaja

    I love the picture of ” I DIDN’T DO IT” …. jajaja tooo cute ….

    Xabi posing… LOVE IT!!! … When he got hurt I screamed … & I was like wait … he is about to start posing …. so this is going to be good … always hands on the hip … *lol*

    has for CR7 acting like a two year old & someone LITERALLY kicking his a$$ … OMG!!! that was PRICELESS!!!! … I’m still laughing about that…. jajajjajaja … I can’t believe it… I thought the guy should have recieved a yellow for that… but w/e

    4 games against FCB…I’m going to start taking some XANAX starting right now (*lol* j/k it’s a joke)

    to be honest … the Champion… it’s going to be HORRIBLE!!! …I have this feeling that it’s going to be Raul vs Real Madrid…(i support Barcelona … but I respect RM because of the guys from the SNT, Marcelo & Pipita) …

  28. Paddy permalink
    April 15, 2011 10:50

    Una, you got to be a real insider to be able to get us all the info and visuals. keep it up!!
    i really like the calm and “no comment” strategy in our camp. That is soo classy!!

  29. April 15, 2011 16:10

    CR’s hair FINALLY looked right. Classic matinee idol style is just fine by me.

    • emily permalink
      April 16, 2011 04:39

      I would so totally eat that salad…

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