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ICYMI – the RMA-BCN pre-game post

April 17, 2011

In case you missed it – Real Madrid vs. Barcelona pre-game [2011-04-16, Liga jornada 32, 1-1].  Warning: lots and lots and lots of Iker inside.

Given that this was one of the biggest games of the year, the media coverage was quite extensive, to say the least, with La Sexta providing both pre-game and postgame coverage.  So, I’m dividing up the ICYMI posts.  I’ll try and have the main game one done tomorrow.

ONE.  The Bernabéu is in one word, impresionante (even while empty).  The feeling you get when you enter and see the vast expanse of the field is comparable to nothing else.  I highly recommend it to everyone!

TWO.  As I mentioned in the preview post yesterday, the team planned to display a mosaic of the escudo, the big banner with the team’s battle cry and white flags.  The results were spectacular, and the fans really were pushing their team the entire time during the game.

Before and after.  It’s so beautiful.

We are fighting until the end, go Real!

THREE.  In the hours prior to the game, we saw maintenance workers polishing the goal posts…

… the joined-at-the-hips Argentine duo of Pipa and Eze check out the field…

… and the best ambassador we have, Zinedine Zidane, greeting the refereeing team as they arrived for the game.

 FOUR.  Then Barcelona arrived.  While I am a Nike girl, I can’t say I like the pink jackets and green/blue striped shirts that Barcelona wears.  I’m sorry, but they’re just ugly, especially together.

FIVE.  Iker chatted with Peter Lion – in street clothes because he wasn’t called up for this game – as he waited to go out onto the field to begin warming up.

Iker looked quite pensive the entire time.

He also touched himself.  Iker is best viewed in slow motion.

SIX.  The three goalkeepers were the first players out onto the field to begin warming up, doing their specific goalkeeping exercises with Silvino.

They were followed by the Barcelona players, and then Real Madrid’s players.  Sergio’s not bad in slow motion either.  I like the unkempt hair.

SEVEN.  As part of La Sexta’s coverage, they aired an interview with Raúl Albiol, in which he was asked to describe some of his teammates in a few words (there was also a Karim Benzema interview, where he talked about his idol Ronaldo).  Here are El Chori’s hilarious answers – I’m guessing you will know which ones I find extremely funny.

Albiol – simple.  Iker – humble.  Arbeloa – annoying.  Sergio – Sergio Ramos (laughs)… very fun.  Marcelo – uffff, he imitates people well.  Pepe – Pepe… a very good guy, despite what people on the outside think.  Xabi – serious and very intelligent.  Ozi – he never knows what’s going on.  Khedira – the same as him (Ozi), they’re the same.  Cristiano – very hardworking.  Di María – he flies, he runs a lot, a very nice guy.  Higuaín – ufff, he talks a lot, very talkative.  Benzema – very silent, the opposite of Higuaín, very timid, very reserved.  Mourinho – very demanding.

EIGHT.  And then came time for the players to line up in the tunnels.  As Sergio and Cristiano walked by, they greeted each of their teammates, while Raúl Albiol grinned and laughed at something.

Meanwhile, the Brazilians were trying to hold a conversation through the little holes in the wall.  First it was Marcelo and Dani Alves, and then Kaká with Dani and Adriano.  Raúl Albiol stretched.

Kaká went off, only to return to give his namesake this epic hug.  Love how the Rickys rested their heads on each other’s shoulder!  Eric Abidal and Manu Adebayor were the last ones out, as they were having a great conversation in the tunnel.

And José Mourinho walked out onto the field with his arm wrapped around the field delegate, Agustín Herrerín, as Piqué spied on them.

NINE.  In the meantime, Pep Guardiola decided to try the Marcelo method of opening a bottle.

TEN.  Finally, it was time to enter onto the field.  The two capitanes – and national team teammates and old friends – greeted each other as they came out…

… as did the components of La Roja.  These are my favorite type of moments!  Iker and Puyi gave each other another hug after doing the coin toss.

ELEVEN.  Love the jumping, and how someone (read: Cristiano) ran off before the photo was taken and had to return.

TWELVE.  More old friends.  Both Xavi and Puyi greeted Chendo as they arrived at the Bernabéu, and Álvaro Arbeloa also popped out to say hi to Xavi and Puyi.  Meanwhile, Fabio Capello spotted Iker and gave him a hug.

BONUS: See, I told you there was a lot of Iker.  I could stare at him here all day.

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98 Comments leave one →
  1. April 17, 2011 17:51

    Ozi – he never knows what’s going on. Khedira – the same as him (Ozi), they’re the same. – hahahahaha!!! Poor guys – it’s not fair!!!

    IKER – one can never, ever overdose on our flawless, amazing captain.

    • L-mi permalink
      April 18, 2011 05:39

      lol..
      Ozi being alien.
      Haha. Nice one!

  2. Janni permalink
    April 17, 2011 17:56

    How is Pedro Leon doing? He never play the game anymore rite?

  3. April 17, 2011 18:00

    does iker get to decide what colour he wears!
    love your coverage of everyone esp iker!
    i only wish i found your blog earlier when i went to visit madrid last year i had so little info about them then!
    iker’s hair is looking good here! no spots even though he’s running his hands through them!
    there is hope 🙂

  4. ChristinaLFP permalink
    April 17, 2011 18:07

    oh i wish i could see that interview with Raul. ( me encantan sus entrevistas, siempre dice algo que me hace reir)

  5. Henrik permalink
    April 17, 2011 18:11

    Ozi – he never knows what’s going on. – Kinda like Cesc, no?

  6. Kristine permalink
    April 17, 2011 18:12

    Thank You as usual Una!

    I’m so proud of our guys! They fought so valiantly yesterday. Putting Pepe in that mid position was genius. Even down to 10 men we showed Barca that we are still dangerous.

    I think we earned a bit of repect from Barca even if they dont want to show it. They were definitely thinking they would come in and beat our pants off again. We knocked their egos down for sure!

    Hopefully, The guys wont be too exhausted on Wed, they sure had to do a lot of running yesterday!

    Albiols comments on the guys are just perfect! they seem to be exactly how I would describe them.

    Oh, and goddamn Sergio is so FINE!

  7. jeh permalink
    April 17, 2011 18:15

    Iker, Iker, Iker, Iker, Iker, Iker, Iker, Iker, Iker, Iker, Iker, Iker, Iker, Iker, Iker … Iker, Iker, Iker, Iker, Iker, Iker, Iker, Iker, Iker, Iker! SATISFACTION!! THANK YOU
    ;D

  8. Maddi permalink
    April 17, 2011 18:20

    Love the Iker! A lot of Iker is always welcome!!
    The real madrid escudo was amazing, what an incredible atmosphere.
    I also hate the Barcelona travel outfits… and their away and 3rd colors. Bleagh…
    Albiol is hilarious! Arbeloa –annoying. Haha
    I also like how friendly our players are with Barca’s.
    I’m happy with the result… Hope we get a win in the Copa on Wednesday!!!!!

    • Maddi permalink
      April 17, 2011 18:28

      PS: Iker’s hair is looking good!!!!!
      And poor Pedro Leon… I hope he gets to play more in the future. He’s such a good player and I hate seeing him not being called up. 😦

  9. Lulja permalink
    April 17, 2011 19:05

    What a beautiful post (I suppose it’s obvious owns the most credit here).
    The match was a nice introduction for the upcoming clásicos – I loved the moments when the ball wouldn’t rest for one second. Hope both teams will be able to retain this motivation!

    Gracias Unita! Take your time with the other ICYMI.

  10. IsaBella permalink
    April 17, 2011 19:08

    The Bernabeu is impressive indeed, it’s simply beautiful. Una, did the fans bring the flags to make the escudo, or were they distributed by the club/socios?
    As far as team kits are concerned I’m a total Adidas girl because they are simply much better quality than the Nike’s (comparing Barca and RM shirts, for example) but as far as boots go I’m in love with Nike’s 🙂 I agree that the Barca pre-game kits are ugly, I don’t like them either.

    • April 18, 2011 12:10

      The club distributes them – they leave them on the seats before the game. I have a little collection of those things.

      • IsaBella permalink
        April 18, 2011 13:20

        wow 🙂 I wish I could get one of these, too, it seems like a great idea!! 🙂

      • April 18, 2011 23:24

        Everytime we go to see the Stade Français playing rugby with friends, we have a game of “stealing” as many pink flags left behind as possible. When we take the underground back home, people spot us and ask us about the game, nice, nice memories. There is nothing like waving your team’s flag in a stadium 🙂

        • IsaBella permalink
          April 19, 2011 11:43

          of course! it’s an unforgettable experience 🙂

  11. Priya permalink
    April 17, 2011 19:40

    LOL Ozi and Khedira not knowing anything. HILARIOUS!

    Can’t wait for the rest Una 🙂 Great job!

  12. Kai permalink
    April 17, 2011 20:05

    IKER … WHAT A PERFECTION!

  13. OLGUI permalink
    April 17, 2011 20:30

    esto es del clasico pasado????

    • DebS permalink
      April 19, 2011 01:28

      only in La Liga. Madrid & Barca still play in the Copa del Rey & the Champions League.

      • RealLisa permalink
        April 20, 2011 00:17

        DebS, i think OLGUI wanted to know if this ICYMI post is from the last El Clasico.

        • DebS permalink
          April 21, 2011 07:49

          ahh…ok

  14. black widow permalink
    April 17, 2011 20:35

    oh, una, how you spoil us. thank you! 🙂

    jesus, iker is so pretty. so very, very, very pretty. i just … he leaves me speechless sometimes!

  15. kiki permalink
    April 17, 2011 20:40

    I love when the fans in The Bernabéu make the symbol of the crest ♥

    There can never be too much Iker. He really is amazing as well as incredibly beautiful (in a manly way!). These pictures & gifs are just, well…..I need a moment…. *swoon*!

    I hope Carles is ok, we never want to see these injuries. It was so nice to see the Captains and friends hugging, before going out to give their all.

    I think this match showed us that we are not the same team from the Clasico last fall. I think it is clear that we can beat Barcelona, the mystique is over.

  16. April 17, 2011 21:13

    Thanks Una! I was a nervous wreck yesterday.
    I just can’t thank you enough for all the Iker I’m seeing. He is a great captain.I loved seeing him warm up, talk to Peter Lion and especially the Capello hug.
    Can’t wait for your ICYMI Game post tomorrow!

  17. Haris permalink
    April 17, 2011 21:23

    I just want to say thanks. You do an amazing job!

  18. Catalanway permalink
    April 17, 2011 21:28

    Just goes to show which team is superior. We each score 1 goal, it is a tie. The difference? Barca fans feel like it is a loss, Madrid fans feel like they won the freaking champions league. Really? Are you that low that you are going to turn a blind eye to the circumstances? That you abandoned all your morals and parked the bus? Just think: REAL MADRID parking the bus. Not to mention all those dirty fouls, diving, and referee decisions. Oh yeah, and deliberately not cutting the grass. WTF? That is something I would expect of a second division team in the CdR. Real Madrid are clowns. Guess I can’t blame them, it must feel like a victory to get a dirty draw, after being used to have manitas or 6 goals drilled up their asses. Marcelo even admitted to diving. I am still at a loss to see how what used to be perhaps the most attacking and royal teams in the world resorts to such underhanded tactics such as diving, dirty fouls, parking the bus, manipulating the pitch – AND STILL is happy with the result, IN THEIR OWN HOME STADIUM. Ffs, not even a bottom table team would employ FIVE DEFENDERS against us, with only 2 midfielders, BOTH OF THEM DMS. Lmao, leaving kaka and ozil on the bench to put in an extra defender. Pathetic. Enjoy the let off, cause you will get DESTROYED in the Cdr and the CL.

    • April 18, 2011 12:14

      If you want to keep leaving comments here, please stop changing your user name to make it appear like you’re several different people.

      And if your Barcelona is so great and we are such a poor team as you said, how come Barcelona couldn’t score more than one goal against us on Saturday despite the “tactics”? Could it be because they are actually mere mortals?

      • Catalanway permalink
        April 18, 2011 13:04

        Actually we did a huge mistake thinking that if we keep possesion, we will waste time and tire Madrid who were down to 10 men even more for wednsday. That bit us in the ass coz we weren’t using possesion like we normally do. We were passing the ball in our own 30 metres which is always a risk when you have players such as Oezil or CR against you (Oezil stole the ball from Xavi when you scored). We wanted to conserve energy but on wednesday, there will be no let-off.

        And btw, we did our job. I mean we basically secured the Liga now which is the most important title of the season. This scoreline is favourable to us. There’s a pic of Pique celebrating which proves my point!

        One question: Are you proud? As a culé I would never want my team to resort to such tactics, especially not against my bitter rivals. We just gave you false hope for the next 3 days but come Wednesday, you will all want Mou fired…

        With a proper ref, a neutral ground (our fans are noisier than yours, you could even hear them yesterday), good grass and no let-off, I AM CONFIDENT WE’LL LEAVE YOU TROPHYLESS THIS SEASON!!!

        Good day. Boti boti boti Madridista qui no boti!!!

        • Lily permalink
          April 19, 2011 00:41

          Did you forget that the shot on goal was 12 – 9 for Madrid. And we were 10 men down. I think you should stop disrespecting the team on this official fan site and go banter your words on your own site. So disrespectful, atleast as a Madrisdista I have the balls to say Barca played well. For some reason I don’t think we should expect the same from.

      • Catalanway permalink
        April 18, 2011 13:08

        And plz answer my following question from my prvious comment:

        Are you that low that you are going to turn a blind eye to the circumstances? That you abandoned all your morals and parked the bus?

        • April 18, 2011 13:33

          I would answer, but no matter what I say, you’re too prone to confrontation and a refusal to respect the opinions of others that it would be a waste of time.

        • DebS permalink
          April 19, 2011 01:35

          Una, you’re right. One of my all time favorite quotes is from Mark Twain:

          “I refuse to engage myself in a battle of wits with a man who is unarmed.” —Mark Twain.

        • Dean permalink
          April 20, 2011 06:04

          Catalanway,
          You give us barca fans a bad name. I enjoy reading this blog just because the effort and pics put into it are amazing.
          All your point are pathetic and make you come across as idiotic.
          First madrid had every right to celebrate rallying back for a win after being 10 men down. Also as a barca fan I’d celebrate if barca got their first tie after five losses.
          Finally playing defensive is a tactic and if you can’t accept that soccer isn’t for you.

          Show some class or get off this blog.

          The grass was cut to a height that benefited Madrid (28-29). At the Nou Camp it benefits barca (20-24). At the mestella it will probably be somewhere in the middle.

          Whether Marcelo dived or not is the referee’s decision not yours. He prolly told Alves that to make his Braz-mate feel better.

    • Lulja permalink
      April 18, 2011 13:00

      Oh yes – the grass. Mou is so evil!
      In fact, there are Culés who are able to argue rationally with Madridistas. Those who are not ashamed to state that this match was quite balanced and that even Barca is not flawless. Obviously, you do not belong to those.
      It’s okay if you feel like being disrespectful and prolling all around, really. But I’m so sorry to tell you that nobody here is actually impressed by your comments.
      By the way, some “fans” should really pay more attention to what their team and coach say. I’m referring to the fact that Pep and most of Barcelona’s players respect their opponents and don’t intend to underestimate them.

      Quite poor for a Culé to feel the need to receive recognition using a blog which is dedicated to – oh – Real Madrid, no?

      • Catalanway permalink
        April 18, 2011 13:16

        You say that coz you have no response to my comment… You are all bandwagoners coz only real Madridistas would feel ashamed of such tactics.

        I don’t even know why you’re happy. This wasn’t even a scoreline you want. I guess by celebrating this draw, you approve our superiority!

        • April 18, 2011 13:35

          Please respect the opinions of other commentators.

          And are you including me as a “bandwagoner” fan? If so, please provide proof of how my support for Madrid qualifies to be described using that term, and tell me what you know about my history of supporting Madrid.

        • Sanchez permalink
          April 19, 2011 05:53

          Lol learn how to speak proper English. Talk about a one year old calling another one year old a baby. If we are all “bandwagon” fans for happening to like a major club than we too can throw you on that wagon. I see your life must be really boring for you to spend so much time on a Real Madrid blog insulting our fans, what’s wrong? Is the cules blog really that lame? It’s fans like you (if you’re even a true fan) that gives all cules a bad image. If you are a true fan, if your team is that GOOD and if you don’t feel threatened by us then you’d let their talent speak for themselves and let them do their jobs, but obviously there’s insecurities if you guys can’t seem to keep Real Madrid out of your mouths for longer than one hour. From the looks of it you are an internet troll anyways.

      • Amy permalink
        April 18, 2011 13:40

        Seems to me that both teams played on the same grass….I thought it was a fantastic match, and I’m a Cule’, but can’t stand excuses or hatefulness in a sport—by either team. I felt like the draw was reflective of how this match was played–and just a taste of what’s to come!!!

        ***I love this site y conlaroja for info on SNT players, Una’s fabulous humor, and of course, the fotos of Xabi, Sergio y Granero 🙂 !!!

    • gabriela permalink
      April 18, 2011 15:34

      Excuse me, but I fail to see WHAT is wrong about playing defensively against a team that is known for high possession ball rates and a lot of attacking. I don’t see how it disrespects the rules of football. Mourinho changed the tactics because after the first 5-0 loss it was obvious that he couldn’t keep using the same tactics against Barcelona, it was clearly worthless. Or is it a rule in football that Barcelona’s rivals can’t try to play, they can only watch themselves being ran over by Barcelona’s All Mightyness?
      You are just mad because Mourinho smartly shut Barcelona’s tactics down, resulting in Barcelona drawing a team that had 10 players in the pitch for half of the match.

      Also, did you even bore watching the match? I think we have different opinions as of who was the team resorting to diving and dirty fouls.

      And if you are so confident about your club’s superiority and divinity, why do you even bother coming to a REAL MADRID blog? Are you sure you can read? This is not unaBLAUGRANA, it’s unaMADRIDISTA.
      Stop obsessing over your rivals if you are so confident about your superiority. It makes you look like a douchebag and a sore loser (and you don’t even need to actually LOSE to look like an idiot! Sucks to be you).

    • April 18, 2011 16:03

      You are such a total loser to come into this blog and think that you are going to change how we feel about our team, or that you are illuminating some great flaw in the grand scheme of things in Real Madrid…
      You know, Una doesn’t need to post your comment. She has the power to delete it, if she chooses, but she allows you to run your arrogant mouth to further prove to us that there are douches in the world and we should be proud that are team doesn’t act like this.
      Hmmm. Arrogant. That’s a pretty apt description for this most recent Barcelona team. I haven’t seen such vindictive participants in a world league of any sport since I have been spectating (40+yrs -yep, I’m old). I include NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, rugby, soccer, futbol, etc etc. OK maybe Serbia/Bosnia/Cent.Euro countries can be worse. But not much…
      I was raised, as a Red Sox fan, to hate hate hate the yankees. I always will. ALWAYS. But it doesn’t make me want to shoot my mouth off on yankee blogs, talking about things like game tactics or how they care for the field. I don’t do it because we don’t have nearly the quantity of championships that they do, and we have loads more class than they ever will, because we spent so much time in the trenches, fighting the great enemy. It would behoove ‘cules’ to leave the classless arrogance out of the mix.
      Incidently, head to head, Madrid still have the edge. So Shut Your Flappin’ Trap.
      Hasta El Final!

    • Aby permalink
      April 18, 2011 18:49

      Okay from one Cule to another..breathe! Yes they did park the bus but guess what..that was mourinho’s decision(not the players). He of course is pulling out the tactic he used with Inter in the CL. If it worked once it could possibly work again(at least in his view point). Of course they needed an extra defender after being beat 5-0. I’m sure Madrid’s players probably scoffed at the idea of parking the bus because no professional wants to do that, it’s low and not football. A very interesting fact I read was that this particular ref has a history is making calls in favor of Madrid..so mourinho can’t blame the ref since he got his undeserved penalty. At the end of the day Madrid is testing out their tactics for when it really matters, the CL and Copa del Rey. During these times the gloves are off and people will play dirty to get what they want( even Barca could be capable). Madrid hasnt won squat unlike barca who have been very blessed these last few years. They have to prove themselves otherwise players and coaches will be given the boot. Anywho It’s best to not rant on here..it’s the wrong place to do it at anyways. Just cheer on the Azulgrana and leave the Madridistas to cheer their team on k?

    • Jenny permalink
      April 19, 2011 00:12

      My dear – football is about strategy – not “morals” – this isn’t church.

      And there is nothing immoral about a good defensive game. I would note however that we had more shots on target than Barca and 5 corners. You had zero corners – so who was being defensive? What good is 75% possession when you can’t do anything with it. If anything, Madrid’s shots on goal are all the more impressive because they USED their 25% more efficiently.

      As for flopping and diving – I refer you to this old classic –

      This sort of comment is unnecessary – so angry and aggressive. Why are you so angry and aggressive? Una is always so polite to her readers. You have no right to talk to her like that. It is rude – if you haven’t anything nice to say – then say nothing. If you are angry, talk to a psychiatrist about it. Don’t take it out on a lovely person who puts together match roundups that we all enjoy – and which you also enjoy (otherwise, why would you come?).

      This is also not an angry site. This is a fun site where we look at players we admire and read Una’s witty commentary and enjoy looking at her beautiful gifs.

    • Cosi permalink
      April 19, 2011 02:05

      One word for you: loser.

      I’m only replying to support Una, who deserves respect for sharing her opinions on a blog that she runs. Clearly she has a large following who share these opinions. Start your own blog so you can rant to yourself there. Good luck getting anyone to read it.

    • Janni permalink
      April 21, 2011 00:05

      Madrid won the Copa del Rey!

  19. April 17, 2011 21:33

    Always love the details in your ICYMI posts! These moments you point out make everything even more interesting. Thank you, Una ❤

    "Arbeloa – annoying." Hahaha

    And I love you forever for the the bonus Iker. Just saying.

  20. Ange permalink
    April 17, 2011 21:57

    THANK YOU UNA!!!! 4 such a preview… I enjoyed it very much … & thanx 4 that GIF of Xavi & Alvaro … I love it !!!! they are both soooooo sexy!!!!

  21. Mike permalink
    April 17, 2011 22:49

    Can you please find us a picture of when messi kissed PEPE’s ass?

  22. alex permalink
    April 17, 2011 22:56

    Amazing post! Thanks again, Una. BTW I think Iker is using Rogaine or something because that hair seems to be growing back!

  23. Pammie permalink
    April 17, 2011 23:25

    ooooh thank you for extra icymi, UM!!!

    Cute to see them talking through the holes in the wall. like pyramus and thisbe xD

    and lol @ Chori’s answers.

  24. ebrahim permalink
    April 17, 2011 23:28

    Always real madrid to the death

  25. April 17, 2011 23:44

  26. Pammie permalink
    April 17, 2011 23:56

    I got a little request: could you please add a Real… tag to your the Real… interview posts? They are a great read and it’d be awesome to find them easier even after some time has passed. 🙂

    keep up the great work!

  27. jean permalink
    April 18, 2011 00:46

    Oh Iker, I love U 🙂 The best goalkeeper in the world.The best!My second favourite player after Cris.I am so proud of these guys:). I am ecstactic with the result.
    I cant wait for your posts Una, Keep doing what u Do:)

  28. Reema permalink
    April 18, 2011 00:54

    Download link? pls

  29. April 18, 2011 01:02

    “Ozi – he never knows what’s going on. Khedira – the same as him (Ozi), they’re the same.” Hahahaha!! Although I never expected that he would say that about Khedira. He looks a lot more together than Ozi is. But bless ’em both.

    I feel for Iker in those pictures with Peter Lion. It’s like he has the weight of the world on his shoulders. I wanted to give him an epic Ricky-style hug. Well, I always feel that about him, but I have more noble intentions this time around. He seemed so, I can’t find a better word… burdened. Our poor captain… Or maybe he was just worried about his hair and was envious of Peter Lion’s thick locks. Haha.

    And I agree about those Barcelona outfits. That pink is just too loud, I don’t think even women should wear it, much less grown men who are athletes. I actually don’t like Barca’s away kits. The mint green one is horrendous as well.

  30. sherv permalink
    April 18, 2011 01:26

    do you have any high resolution pics of the pic of the escudo in the stands?

  31. April 18, 2011 07:47

    Lovely picture..especially Iker :*

    always follow your posting.. 😉

  32. superfan permalink
    April 18, 2011 08:22

    Oh my god thank you so much for this extensive pre game coverage! I wasn’t able to get a stream that showed all the actions back stage so this is so awesome!! 🙂

    Seeing the stadium and the crowd gives me goosebumps. I swear one day I’m going to experience it!! So so so impressive, grand, beautiful, perfect, etc. 🙂

    And Albiol’s answers are so funny. Especially about the Germans!! Hahahahaha :D. And he finds his partner in crime annoying. So cuuute.

    Oh, and there can never be too much Iker. 😉

  33. Viv J permalink
    April 18, 2011 09:07

    Hi~
    I’ve been reading your posts for maybe a month. Your observation is extremely fabulous! It’s realy amazing to notice so many details and sweet moments. I do love these details about Real, expecially our Captain Iker:D
    Thank you sooooo much for sharing. Expecting more plz~

  34. April 18, 2011 09:35

    Sweet little Peter Lion looks so down and out. Pobrecito… I wonder if Iker was giving him a pep talk? Or asking him for hair transplants…
    Couldn’t help but notice the similarity between the boys talking through the holes in the tunnel wall and visitation time in prison. The Brazilian ‘inmates’ get to chat with their loved ones/lawyers through the screen. HA!
    Yeah, no such thing as too much Iker…

    • DebS permalink
      April 19, 2011 01:40

      I thought the same thing about Iker & Pedro…that Iker was giving him a pep talk. And then to see Iker looking quite “nervous”. It just goes to show that beneath it all, these guys are human.

  35. April 18, 2011 12:05

    what a cool idea to make separate posts, I feel spoiled by you UnaMadridista!

    Wonderful pre-game posts. I especially love all the gifs, they are precious!

    last but not least- IKER. There are no words, I love him.

  36. ulong permalink
    April 18, 2011 12:41

    LoL…Albiol really cracked me up…haha 😀

  37. nak permalink
    April 18, 2011 12:44

    Bless you for all this Ikerness 😛 a very much needed Iker dose!

  38. Catalanway permalink
    April 18, 2011 13:11

    Pepe was great but he won’t play in MF in the cup since Albiol won’t be there. I can’t see Garay playing (coz Mou doesn’t trust him) and I can’t see Sergio playing there (Coz he’s mistake prone). That thug Pepe deserved a red. Coming to Messi after Leo lost his cool. Seriously? Are we forgetting who got a 10 game suspension? He should still be in jail for crying out loud…

    • Jenny permalink
      April 19, 2011 00:18

      He didn’t “go after Messi” – he went over to him to calm him down after Messi blasted the ball from short range into the stands (he injured a spectator).

      Pepe does normally have a short temper, but he really looked like the adult in that situation and Messi looked like a petulant child.

      • emily permalink
        April 19, 2011 13:14

        When Pepe was pointing at his head, I figured he was telling him ‘What were you thinking?!’ Messi should have gotten a second yellow for that. Muniz is known for doling out a lot of cards. He must not have seen the ball go flying.

      • RealLisa permalink
        April 20, 2011 00:33

        How do you know that a spectator was injured?

  39. Giagia permalink
    April 18, 2011 13:19

    How adorable is Albiol’s interview??? He’s so funny calling Arbeloa annoying. And Higuain being talkative – I never would have guessed that!

  40. RealMadridLover permalink
    April 18, 2011 13:26

    I love your posts, unamadridista! They’re really entertaining!
    ” Ozi – he never knows what’s going on. Khedira – the same as him (Ozi), they’re the same.” Omg that was hilarious!
    The picture of Iker and Puyol when they step out of the tunnel looks epic.

  41. Catalanway permalink
    April 18, 2011 13:28

    Over-confidence will be some Madrid supporter’s downfall. A 1-1 home draw is no victory. And I do not like dealing with “ifs” scenarios e.g. – “If we were complete for fulltime.” You could just as easily say “if the ref had called the 27th min penalty against Iker,” “if the ref had carded Pepe for any of his 7 fouls,” “if Puyol had not pulled his muscle,” “if the ref had seen that Alves actually made contact with the ball, not Marcelo.” However, these are all hypotheticals. As it stands it was a 1-1 draw and you are still 8pts down with 1 less match to make up the difference.

    • Laryssa permalink
      April 18, 2011 14:43

      If you hate Real Madrid so much, why are you here?! Are you really expect that we agree with your pathetic attempt to diminish Real Madrid?!

      Hummmm, I don’t think that will happened. So, maybe is a good idea you take all your culé pride and your lack of education and go celebrate in the blogs of your team.

      Here, we love and support our club, our players, our coach and Una. So, go away, Troll. HALA MADRID!!!

      • Catalanway permalink
        April 18, 2011 15:13

        None of you answered my questions, including Una! Guess you have no answer after all! If you switched the tables, I wouldn’t have had anwers too…

      • DebS permalink
        April 19, 2011 01:42

        spot on Laryssa. Guess this troll has too much time on their hands. smh

      • April 19, 2011 10:23

        This is the irony. I can count SEVEN comments this so called cule has made here. I mean, don’t you have any sort of life, that you have to come to a Real site and troll?

        Una, I wish you didn’t have to put up with nonsense like this every time we play Barca. It’s just pathetic.

    • April 18, 2011 15:55

      Funny you use “overconfidence” to describe RM and not Barca lololol.

    • noelle permalink
      April 19, 2011 10:14

      i think we should all just ignore this person, its a desperate attempt for attention and this person needs to wake up and realize they’re making an ass out of themselves and their team… its a game, freakin relax…. u wont always win… go hang out with all the barca supporters who are like u and stop being so hateful…. im so glad im a madrid fan… everyone gets that barca is amazing, so what if we play more defensively, if ur team is so good, they should be able to pull a 5 – 0 on anyone, anytime… stop crying and bitching about it…. unlike a lot of other teams that play barca, real madrid arent gonna give up and lay down and let them win…. stop thinking that barca is so god like and they cant do no wrong…. for every flaw u point out against madrid, or any of its players ur team and players have done something wrong too so its pointless to go back and forth about it… i hear it too much how barca is so much more classy, so humble, so this and that, they’re not like madrid blah blah blah, they sure have become a splitting image of everything they say they’re not…. barca may play amazing football but they’ve lost ppls respect too….. and as for di stefano’s comments, if he really did say those things….. its really a shame, he should be behind this team and all the ppl that run real madrid, they need to get that through their heads…..barca and real madrid are different today from whatever they were back in the days….stand behind the coach and support him…. no manager will ever succeed here if they cant get their shit together….. i love the classico games, but all this back talk and hatred is what really ruins it…. ppl are gonna criticise both teams win or lose… i feel bad for the players cuz they cant just play and enjoy the game… i enjoy watching both teams, im a real madrid fan and a fan of the NT…. im not wishing anything bad on barcelona…. if they win, OK, i just want to know that the team i love and cheer for gave it their all and im good with that…. and i’ll be happy to be a real madrid fan all the other days that follow…. go piss and moan on someone else’s board

    • Vanessa G permalink
      April 18, 2011 18:37

      If all of this posting of random one sided claims and criticizing Madrid makes you feel better than by all means go for it. Why you feel you need to do it here is another question. Nothing you say will sway any Real Madrid fans to change who they support. I could say 1,000 things about what Barcelona has done or said that is unethical, arrogant and disrespectful but i don’t because i don’t need too to make myself believe the club I support is the best. I already know and its Real Madrid.

    • Davena permalink
      April 18, 2011 20:20

      you just dont get it and its a shame you can’t see it… or do you?

      a few months ago a great team walked all over us… we were thrashed royally… but saturday was different…
      don’t tell me about tactics this or cheat goal that… THIS IS FOOTBALL… tactics are inherent from the time you make a squad list and no matter how it is made… as long as a referee acknowledges it… its a goal.

      as a madridista we can admit the truth while hoping for the best for our team. Barcelona is a great team but the joy we feel is not about the direct result of the match but the indirect one. No one is happy about a home draw but its the inception of the thought that Barca cannot do as they please with Madrid. We are growing as a unit and are formidable foes. If i were you i would not write us off for any of the two titles we have a REAL chance of winning.. maybe u already haven’t and thats why you feel the need to vent your frustration as u see the impending inevitable results of the clashes of the future…

      anyone can say what they want… the evidence is as clear as day…

    • YouKnowI'mRight permalink
      April 18, 2011 21:09

      Firstly, what’s up with the bitterness and trolling? YouTube is a better place for people of your kind. Plus, the league was already lost after that defeat to Gijon. This tie is important as a confidence booster for the team more than anything- not the fans. Madridistas will always be confident of their team despite what anyone else says. As for Di Stefano’s article, it’s all for good reasons, I suppose. This article should motivate the team to do better. There’s no debate that Barca is statistically the best team in the world (for now) but remember that Madrid is technically still a team under construction and some of the players are still learning to communicate with each other.

    • Kristine permalink
      April 18, 2011 22:33

      Damn, don’t you have anything else to do with your life? Have you noticed the name of this blog? Why are you here?
      So what if we cant beat Barca? seems noone else can either. Doesn’t mean we cant still have pride and a fighting spirit. I just dont get this nastiness.
      Be happy for your team and get a life.

    • Jenny permalink
      April 19, 2011 00:24

      You are a sad, bitter little girl. Get some emotional help. I mean that without rancour or sarcasm. There are times when I am upset about Madrid losing a game, but I would never visit a blog run by an admirer of the team that beat mine and leave nasty comments around.

      You should take a good hard look in the mirror, my little one. You are anonymous, and you are behind a computer screen and that makes this unpleasant and rude behaviour seem all right. But it isn’t. You should make it a rule of thumb never to post anything you wouldn’t say to someone’s face. If everyone followed that rule, Internet discourse would be so much more civilized!

      I can understand you are upset however – ending with a draw against 10 men would upset me too. In a few days you’ll feel better. Perhaps your team will win on Wednesday and then you’ll feel better. At any rate, I wouldn’t wish such bitterness and unhappiness on anyone – so I wish you a good afternoon.

    • Diana permalink
      April 19, 2011 02:02

      Do you not have anything better to do that hate on a Madrid blog? It’s getting quite tiring, and frankly, no one is amused by your comments.

      Please, do us, and you especially, a favour and go do something else. You’re embarrasing yourself.

    • Ollala@Madrid Lover permalink
      April 19, 2011 04:02

      http://real.theoffside.com/team-news/when-we-tend-to-lose-perspective.html#more-5150
      Read this..BTW..wat are you doing TROLLING on a REAL MADRID blog??

      • RealLisa permalink
        April 20, 2011 00:48

        Thank you for the link. It was refreshing to read something positive about Di Stefano’s column, although I’ll just stay neutral, since I’ve never read his columns.

  42. Lish permalink
    April 18, 2011 14:00

    thanks for this superb pre-game post! i love those moments where the players interact with each other before the game too 😀

  43. DebS permalink
    April 19, 2011 01:52

    Una, as always, loved this post. The pics of the stadium, etc. are fantastic. Chad Ochocinco
    @ochocinco had some pretty cool videos that he posted on twitter from the stands too. Oh to be able to visit in person! sigh

    lol @ Albiol particularly the comments about Arbeloa, Ozi, Sami & Higuian. Poor Sami & Ozi…that was funny but not very nice. I wonder if the language barrier has anything to do with that.

    I really like the pics showing that off the field, the guys from the SNT are still good friends. They set a good example for all the negative fans out there. I was sorry to see Puyi being stretchered off. I was kind of surprised that Pep put him in as a starter after having been out so long.

  44. Diana permalink
    April 19, 2011 02:05

    Siempre puedo contar en que vas a tener el relato mas interesante de todos los demas blogs. Una, haces un trabajo fantastico. Lastima que hay gente inmadura que nos viene a intentar arruinar nuestra paz, pero que podemos hacer?

    Es un placer leer tu blog todos los dias! Sigue haciendo lo que haces! 🙂

  45. Cosi permalink
    April 19, 2011 02:24

    Una, I’m sorry, I know you like to have the blog open to all opinions, but would you consider blocking certain bitter people who are clearly just trying to pick a fight? If I were so interested in derogatory anti-Madrid remarks and obsessed with abusing madridistas, I’d obviously be on a Barcelona b*tching blog and not here.

    I’m here to read your hilarious observations and opinions as a madridista, and laugh about them with my fellow Una followers, cuz these posts make my day! But seeing these weird antagonizing comments- that (as far as I can tell) are not appreciated by anyone who reads this except the one person who apparently has five personalities-
    is just driving me crazy!

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