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ICYMI – the too little, too late edition

May 1, 2011

In case you missed it – Real Madrid vs. Zaragoza [2011-04-30, Liga jornada 34, 2-3].

What can be said about this game?  Those who stayed home due to the rain were probably glad they did, due to the result and the ramifications for the Liga.

ONE.  The two captains presented the Copa del Rey to the fans before the start of the game.  Iker must have a lot of faith in his Sergio, because he let Sergio hold the Cup by himself, despite what happened during the celebrations.  And Sergio must have been thinking, I better hold it with both hands, no?  Don’t drop it, don’t drop it… There are no more back-ups…

The front and back of the presentation.

TWO.  Prior to that, and unusually for the team, the concentración started at noon on game day, instead of the previous night.  Iker’s persuasive skills must have improved!  Pepe showed up in a Charlie Brown shirt – adorable! – while Marcelo’s jeans couldn’t have a longer rise.

THREE.  The best part of the game was by far seeing Marcelo, Pepe, Esteban Granero and Gonzalo Higuaín reading a little piece of paper that Mou had scribbled some instructions on.  Here’s what happened.  Mou and his notebook were of course inseparable during the game.

A few minutes into the second half, Mou wrote something down on one of the sheets of his notebook, ripped it out and then showed it to Marcelo, telling him what he wanted him to do with it.  Mou then went on to give instructions to Ángel, forgetting to hand the piece of paper over, so Marcelo held out his hand for it.

Marcelo then read the paper himself, and ran onto the field with it clutched inside his closed fist.

He then handed it to Pepe, who read it…

… and then passed it on to El Pirata (who was quite boss in Xabi’s absence, I have to say.  Notice him in Xabi’s favorite pose).  Zaragoza were preparing to take their penalty at this point.  Esteban read the little piece of paper, shared it with Gonzalo….

… and then placed it inside one of his socks.  He knows better than to throw it somewhere where it could be picked up, read, made public and over-analyzed!  He was soon subbed out after that, and once back on the bench, he removed his boots, took the note out of his sock and ripped it up.

And this is the final fate of that note.  After the game, Mou said, “it was a very simple note with a couple of instructions.”  Apparently, it was about how to reorder the team after the substitutions, which is why it was destined for Boss 1A.

FOUR.  Iker was really pissed off at himself after Zaragoza scored the first goal off of his mistake, and Sergio tried to console him.  Cute!  They’re the original bromance of this Madrid team.

FIVE.  Our goals were too little and too late, but I was happy that Sergio scored, and also disappointed that he didn’t do any backflips.  He did make a “T” and then a heart with his hands.  Cue the rumors that he has a new girlfriend whose name begins with the letter “T”…

Karim scored Madrid’s second goal, but it was hardly celebrated, because at that point, options were few and far between.

SIX.  These are the kinds of things I notice: Sergio had pink (I wonder if he chose the color himself?) Kinesio tape on the back of his neck.  What did he do to injure that area?

SEVEN.  Random moments: I loved Ricardo Carvalho’s reaction to the red card, and Sergio saying “none of that here, please.”  And this was Mesut’s most exciting moment during the game.  Yes, staring and blinking!

EIGHT.  Cris watched the game from his palco, accompanied by girlfriend Irina, though they seemed more interested in making out (Cris) and eating (Irina) than the game.

NINE.  A couple of Iker moments to make me feel better: Iker clapping, and doing his pre-game ritual of touching el larguero.

TEN.  Sergio C.’s tweet after the game said, “I think we have to ask for forgiveness for this game… now we have to think about Barcelona.  We are Madrid and we’re going to win.”  Nicely put, all of it.

ELEVEN.  And highlights from The Marcelo Show.  He was a bit subdued, but I loved the moment when he accidentally kicked a Zaragoza player, and seeing that he was in a lot of pain, tried to get the game stopped so the medical staff could attend to him.

TWELVE.  Mou must have been thinking, I wish my players would play like I want, so I don’t have to put on a raincoat, come out here in the rain to yell instructions at them and get wet.

THIRTEEN.  Speaking of rain, the rain was good for Sergio, because it made his kit even more transparent, and cling even more to him.  But for Iker, it was bad, because it plastered the hair to his head, and given the current situation on the top of his head, that’s not a good thing.

FOURTEEN.  The Mou corner.

After the game, Mou told the press that the result was his fault: “the coach was not capable of motivating his players, who didn’t play well in the first half.  We allowed our adversary to score three goals.  We were better in the second half… My conscience is clear because I didn’t want to hand anything to Zaragoza on a platter, or hurt teams fighting to stay in the division.  They fought hard and these points will most likely help them to stay in the first division.  They won, so congratulations to them.”

There were numerous signs in support of Mou at the stadium, although he was both booed and cheered during the game.

FIFTEEN.  Other notes:

– Iker Casillas has tied Levante’s Sergio as the active player with the most games played in the Liga, with 418 games in his 12 seasons.  And he’s still three weeks from turning 30!

– Ricardo Carvalho will miss the next game due to his expulsion from this one, as will Ángel di María, as he received a yellow card in this game that was the fifth of the cycle.

– Madrid trained this morning to start preparing for the Champions League game against Barcelona on Tuesday.

– Castilla plays Badajoz tonight (21:30h), looking to extend their 16-game non-losing streak.  Denis and Luis Hernández are injured and won’t be playing, while MFC Álvaro Borja Morata Martín, MSFC Juan Carlos and Fran Rico return to the line-up after serving a one-game suspension.  Juanfran and Nacho also return to Castilla after being called up with the first team.  “Nachete” started his second consecutive Liga game and made his debut at the Bernabéu, and his Castilla teammates also wished him luck prior to the game via twitter.

And here are the boys on the way to Badajoz, via Jorge Casado’s twitter!

47 Comments leave one →
  1. Ally permalink
    May 1, 2011 16:20

    Well, this was a game to quickly forget.. fortunately, barça lost too, so the gap didn’t get bigger than 8 points.
    Xabi is very important, without him there is no organisation.. (though El Pirata did a good job ;))

  2. IsaBella permalink
    May 1, 2011 16:30

    well, Barca lost as well. Therefore we’re even, although it would have been so much better to have shortened the distance… it’s sad to see how we loose points in such (theoretically) easy games.
    Seeing Sergio with the Cup made me smile like a banana, I thought to myself: “it’s good they’re holding it together with Iker, otherwise it may be a little too dangerous jejeje” 😉
    I was wondering about the paper from Mou, too… looked so funny 😉
    there is an explanation for Sergio’s goal celebration gesture that the heart is for his brother and the “T” is for the team… it doesn’t convince me though….
    “Sergio had pink (…) Kinesio tape on the back of his neck. What did he do to injure that area?” – let’s just assume he slept bad 😉
    I loved Sergio Canales’ spelling mistake in “aora”, adorable!

    • May 1, 2011 16:39

      Sergio made “T” for team? He knows the English word for “equipo?”

      • May 1, 2011 17:51

        I’m highly skeptical about this too. If this is true though, he has one heck of an English teacher!

        Also, some help is definitely going on huh? LOL I just couldn’t resist that line!

      • IsaBella permalink
        May 1, 2011 20:19

        That’s why I said that it doesn’t convince me at all.
        Anyway, until there’s an official explanation all of these are just assumptions.

      • DebS permalink
        May 1, 2011 23:19

        wait? Wasn’t help going on? :p

      • mickymacky permalink
        May 2, 2011 04:16

        didn’t he say “is for the team, no?” (ermm… something like that LOL) when they were flying back from South Africa 🙂

        i, too, was hoping for a backflip…. or a cartwheel…? jazz hands? nipple-twist?? anything but hearts (di maria’s got that covered….)

      • May 2, 2011 06:53

        hahaha, I would be so surprised if he does…

      • Ally permalink
        May 2, 2011 08:51

        Wow! I’m impressed xD

      • Ferdi permalink
        May 2, 2011 14:09

        IDK but I heard it was to his twitter fans?

      • Anca permalink
        May 2, 2011 14:48

        I think that the “t” is fot te (in spanish “t” is read te) and the heart is for “amo” , in spanish = Te amo 🙂

    • May 2, 2011 02:36

      ah you’re right..I also thought that game we will got full point and easily..
      and everything change when Zaragoza player made 1 st goal.. unpredictable >.<

      and I love Sergio Canales' tweet..he is all madridista..we optimist that we can loose Barcelona in the 2nd leg UCL 🙂

    • RealLisa permalink
      May 2, 2011 13:54

      Maybe T is for his twitter followers? 🙂

  3. kilko permalink
    May 1, 2011 16:40

    Does Marcelo think hes playing Basketball? His shorts are WAY too big.
    And yes, this game, disappear from my memory please.

  4. maddy permalink
    May 1, 2011 17:20

    watching this game…there can only be one of two conclusions

    a) mou is experiencing a bout of premature senility


    b) he has something MASSIVE planned tactically for round 2 on tuesday

    i ‘d hoping its a). why else would he not sub ozil and di maria in at half time? it was so OBVIOUS we needed help attacking. i said it before…the karim-benz-higuain partnership that blasted valencia only did so because valencia hardly defended. too much faith in comebacks mou. also, resting ronaldo has got to mean he’s got plans for tuesday right?

    di maria was amazing…(albeit the serial diving)

    ozil is back in his comfort zone, yay!

    i thought we could have been awarded a couple of penalties. but after wednesday’s madness, i’m glad we had a tame show last night.

  5. May 1, 2011 17:56

    This match. I watched it on mute towards the end. Couldn’t take it anymore.

    I hoping and praying for a win on Tuesday. Crossing fingers, toes, arms, legs – and just about anything else I can think of.

    I want a fair match, a clean one and most of all can we finish the match with 11 men for a change please!!! HALA MADRID!!

  6. RealLisa permalink
    May 1, 2011 17:59

    We lost La Liga this season because of games like this one. We won against teams like Valencia, Atletic, Bilbao, etc. and lost against those who are fighting for position in Primera. Maybe el presi is doing his own business, by helping them, or whatever he does, but that certainly is not helping us. I also felt the anger and frustration of our boys, and, as Iker said afterwards, the whole chaos with Barca is still going through their minds. And I don’t blame them, not at all, especially not Iker. It’s okay, he’s just a human being, and (thank god) he’s not doing mistakes often anyway. I feel bad for him though. Each time when he allows a goal. Even if we’re winning.
    Sí, Una, the Sergio-Iker bromance is above all others in Madrid and I especially love their pre-game kiss.

    I was happy when Sexio scored and that was my moment of light in yesterday’s match. I’m still wondering what the heart and the letter T mean, and I too heard the rumors about a possibly new chica, but c’mon, he loves his sister, maybe it’s for her, right? She’s his weakness. And his niece Daniela. And his family.. right? RIGHT? The Lara hurricane is over, and yet another one is coming? I refuse to believe. I. just. can’t.

    As for the last Clásico.. I have faith. But even if we lose, I want our boys to give their best, which I know they will, to defend our colors, our escudo and to fight for el madridismo. I must say that I’m happy with this season’s achievement, considering the fact that we (again!) have new coach and new players, and yet, we won one trophy, we finally beat Lyon and we proved that Barca is not a team from another planet. Not to mention Cris’ improvement regarding the team work, the debut of many canteranos, our improved defense, Karim’s hard work, Gonzalo & Kaká’s successful recuperation and the fact that Ruben and Zizou are again part of the club. Oh, I’m so proud of my team. Thank you boys, thank you míster.

    • RealLisa permalink
      May 1, 2011 18:02

      p.s. and thank you Una!

    • Lulja permalink
      May 2, 2011 16:00

      Beautiful comment. Sums up things perfectly.

  7. Emily permalink
    May 1, 2011 18:09

    Well yes, Sergio does have a significant other with a ‘T’ name: TORRES! Totally for him, I know it :).

    • Lulja permalink
      May 2, 2011 16:01

      Awww! That will be stuck in my mind from now on!

    • DebS permalink
      May 2, 2011 21:16

      hahahahaha….too true! I’m sure that’s who it was for! 😀

  8. May 1, 2011 18:35

    Oh, I love that Sergio and Iker moment, too, Una! And passing along the note on the field, just like high school, LOL! I was disappointed with the first half but the second half was great because we kept on pressing and we scored two goals! Sergio’s goal! And that “T” that he made, could it be my name, Tia? :p I think that we should have gotten the penalty but oh, well, the ref didn’t think so. I’m not really upset with the result to be honest. We fought and we worked harder in the second half. So looking forward to our next match against FC Barcelona!

  9. jaa permalink
    May 1, 2011 18:37

    do you know sergio ramos, arbeloa and morate unfollowed gerard pique on twitter, hehe?

    • DebS permalink
      May 2, 2011 21:20

      wow! I didn’t realize that! I will check it as soon as I check twitter. I have a couple games from the weekend to watch yet and I’m trying not to know the score ahead of time. 😉

      • maddy permalink
        May 3, 2011 09:33

        how do you watch past games? can you give me the link?

  10. May 1, 2011 19:39

    Iker: “Todo se complicó por un fallo mío. Me da rabia ver como tu equipo pierde por un fallo tuyo”. 😦 (i comfort!!!) … But the barça lost, stay the same – which is not so good!

  11. playachica3 permalink
    May 1, 2011 20:30

    Alvaro Morata looks SUPERCUTE!!!

  12. Linda permalink
    May 1, 2011 20:58

    right just quickly scanned through and had to comment on the Kinesio tape…
    Each color represents a strenght, pink being the weakest and black the strongest.
    Now i’ll actually go and read this, maybe i’ll feel slightly better about the game after reading your awesomeness!

    • DebS permalink
      May 2, 2011 21:22

      whew! good to know.

      I saw the pink and couldn’t for the life of me figure out what he was wearing. thanks for clearing this up (and you too Una!).

  13. DebS permalink
    May 1, 2011 23:29

    This game was definitely “blah”. It was just one of those games where everyone seeme out of sync. As much as I wanted Granero & Canales to do well, it wasn’t until Mesut & Di Maria came on that the team started to play well, imo. But I do have to agree with Mou, Zarago played well. They could have easily threw in the towel early but they really wanted this win and played like it.

    I was SO happy for Sergio but I so wanted to see the flip. :{ Great finish to a great ball into the box.

    I wanted so badly to mute the commentators on tho. My God do they not like Madrid or Mou. There was no blame assigned to Barca for all the CL drama and of course it was a for Messi. Although I will give them credit for saying that no football was played. Guess not everyone agreed with you Xavi. I would have never guessed that the one commentator was a former Madrid player.

    I felt so bad for Iker. That was so unlike him but good for Sergio trying to console him.

  14. Whiskey permalink
    May 2, 2011 01:06

    I watched this game thinking it was hardly a thriller and wondering what Una would find of interest in her ICYMI – but of course you always find great tidbits. Neither Iker nor Sergio looked too thrilled during the presentation of the pseudo-Cup – and i guess everyone was wondering the same thing as Sergio ran to the sidelines with it 🙂 The note passing was very cute – maybe Mou needs to develop some special signs, like managers and players do in baseball – although no doubt the press would dedicate people to deciphering them.! Here’s hoping for a better display on Tuesday in the CL match than we saw in the first leg!

  15. Aly permalink
    May 2, 2011 03:00

    now that we are almost through the many clasicos, is anyone going to see la roja vs. the US in June?!?

    • black widow permalink
      May 3, 2011 04:43

      I AM!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

      i’m driving 16 hours round-trip to do it, and it will be worth every second!!!

  16. mickymacky permalink
    May 2, 2011 04:26

    anyway, even if the Liga’s beyond their reach (it’d be nice to hold on to some hope, but let’s be realistic…) i am VERY impressed as to how Real Madrid, with a NEW (always-gonna-troll) COACH and FIVE or so new PLAYERS from summer (I’m not counting manu coz i’m really not yet all that convinced with his performance) still managed to make themselves a solid-looking team in a few months’ time.

    it was a stuttering start back in september but now: reaching the Champions League Semis? A Copa del Rey trophy?

    the boys done good 🙂

    it’ll be way better come next season and i’m glad someone like una and other classy madridistas have shown me what it is to despair, and fall in love, with a team.

  17. Erin permalink
    May 2, 2011 05:07

    The “T” was totally for Torres. 😉

  18. black widow permalink
    May 2, 2011 09:13

    aw, leave pobrecito iker’s hair alone. he had a bad enough match as it was! 😦

  19. Kristine permalink
    May 2, 2011 15:18

    The “T” was for his Twitter followers!

  20. Doudou permalink
    May 2, 2011 16:29

    Hi, you’re bog is just AMAZING! Thanks for your great job!
    I just wanna to indicate you that one girl takes your own work to put it on her own blog without putting the link of your blog…

  21. Ros permalink
    May 2, 2011 16:51

    One of the things I love the most about these ICYMI posts is that it highlights the positives. So a few positives of my own…

    1. Sergio didn’t drop the trophy again.
    2. I love Pepe’s shirt! I wonder if he is trying to copy Charlie Brown’s hairstyle? If so, he wears it very well.
    3. Passing notes! And Granero is great. I missed Xabi, but seeing Granero made up for it.
    4. Chris couldn’t be outdone by Pique and Shakira, now could he?
    5. I liked seeing Marcelo helping the Zaragoza player. It actually made my day a little brighter.
    6. This blog is a positive every time I read it. Thanks Una!

  22. Susi permalink
    May 2, 2011 18:00

    If my translation programm didn’t screwed it up, this source (his officical fan site via twitter, the one Sergio follows aswell) wrote, that the “T” stand for Twitter and he dedicated his goal to all his twitter followers.

    OJO: La ‘T’ que ha hecho @SergioRamos luego de Marcar el Gol Ante el Zaragoza, fue para Dedicarlo a todos sus Seguidores de Twitter!!


    PS: I love your blog and I appreciate your work so much Una. Big “Thank you” for it !!


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