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ICYMI – the ¡qué rabia! edition

March 20, 2012

In case you missed it – Real Madrid vs. Málaga [2012-03-18, Liga jornada 28, 1-1].

I love it, this game is already being called the “Cazorlazo” (and when I wrote about an Iker-Santi reunion, that was not what I meant).  And ironic that with both Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuaín on the cusp of centennials, it was our other forward, Karim Benzema, who was the scorer on Sunday night at the Bernabéu?  Anyway, there’s not much else that can said about this game, so let’s start with the post.

ONE.  As you know, I find what happens before and after games just as interesting as what occurs during games, and this time around, we had Kaká and Marcelo with their serious faces, and Sergio trying to excite the Bernabéu.

Sergio and Xabi encouraged their own teammates during the warm-up, with Sergio asking for intensity (intensity, joder, intensity!) and Xabi requesting everyone to be active in both the offense and defense.

TWO.  The players came out wearing shirts that read “Ánimo Abidal” and “Get well soon Muamba” on each side, with some of them wearing the Abidal message on the front and others wearing the Muamba message on the front.  This earned Madrid a nice tweet from Cesc: “Great gesture from R. Madrid sending their prayers to my friends Abidal and Fabrice Muamba. Respect.”  But no “…” from Piqué?  Anyway, this is the type of gesture that makes Madrid the grand club it is.

Plus, it’s always nice to see the players giving high fives to Agustín Herrerín as they emerge from the tunnel.

THREE.  Mou spent the few moments right before kickoff greeting the delegation from Málaga, including Manuel Pellegrini (who received a nice round of applause when his name was announced), as well as Ruud van Nistelrooy, also a recipient of a warm welcome from the Bernabéu (more on that later).

FOUR.  I love this moment when Karim decided to do a chin-up using the goal post.

FIVE.  Gestures.

SIX.  The only goal we were able to convert on the night resulted from the collaboration between Cris and Karim.

Following the goal, the Bernabéu sang one of its anthems, the “¿Cómo no te voy a querer?” to celebrate, and Karim Benzema stuck his tongue out.

Mesut, Karim and Pepe are all like, “Cris, you da man!”

SEVEN.  Ruud van Nistelrooy received a very warm welcome back from the fans.  He received his first cheer of the night when Málaga’s players were announced over the PA system.  When he checked in, he received more applause, and at the conclusion of the game, some fans also sang his name: “Van Nistelrooy, lo lo lo lo… Van Nistelrooy” as he blew kisses to the crowd.  After the game, Ruud said, “the affection from Madrid’s fans is impressive.  I don’t have words to describe what I feel, the welcome was incredible.  I can only say thank you.”  This is what I love about the Bernabéu, how we never forget those who have worn the shirt with dignity and sacrifice.

EIGHT.  Other things the Bernabéu did.  In the 75th minute, the two fondos exchanged an “¡hola fondo norte, hola fondo sur!”  When José Callejón checked in, the ultras sang his name: “José Callejón, ¡José Callejón!”  José, meanwhile, did his best to distract me.

NINE.  For a few glorious moments, we got to see Esteban Granero and Xabi Alonso together on the field.  As I said in an earlier post, Esteban has graduated, and so we got to see some of what he learned.

TEN.  Iker, the human banana.

ELEVEN.  In the 84th minute, a little kid managed to elude all the security guards and other people ringed around the sideline and ran onto the field, making a beeline for Sergio Ramos, who wasn’t too impressed.  How many of you would also run right for Sergio?

TWELVE.  After the game, Iker said, “it makes you very upset when you’re scored on in the very end, but there’s no need to get alarmed and you have to think about the next game.  The team is good physically and we’ve shown that the entire season.  Today we could not do anything, Cazorla scored a golazo on us and you have to congratulate him… you have to continue and think about the next match.  Sometimes it’s good for us to receive a warning.”

Our capi also said, “we never thought the Liga was done with, you have to defend this position game by game.  We were up 10 points and it makes you crazy to lose two.  We have to be united until the end to win.  The Bernabéu is a demanding public and we understand that.”

Meanwhile, Cris looked a bit silly wearing his hat like this.

THIRTEEN.  The Mou corner.

Following the game, José Mourinho said nothing had happened, and “that tying a game is normal.  If my team had lost for because it had a bad attitude, didn’t work hard or because it thought it would be easy, I wouldn’t be satisfied, but when the team gives it everything it has, I have no reason to complain.”

Mou, looking like a duck.

Our coach also didn’t complain about the referee, although he did point out that “the referee made two very big mistakes, but it’s okay, because he can make mistakes.”  As for the Liga, Mou reaffirmed that he doesn’t believe the Liga is won until it is mathematically so: “we know there are 33 points left and it doesn’t matter whether the difference is eight or 10 points because the championship is still open.  We only worry about ourselves because if we win enough points, we’ll be champions.”

As for the public, Mou said, “I think it’s phenomenal that the Bernabéu has affection for and applauds those players who played here and did great things as players and as men.”

In related news, Eladio Paramés sank to a new low (I know, you didn’t think it was possible, did you?).  He tweeted after the game, “congratulations to all fathers, including the one of the referee today.  He’s not to be blamed for the son he has.”  What a horrible thing to say!

FOURTEEN.  The Xabi Alonso pose section.™

FIFTEEN.  Other notes.  I almost never read Madrid’s web site’s match reports, so I don’t know how long they’ve had this feature of “heat maps.”  Anyway, I just thought it was interesting to see how they did as a team…

… and how several individuals did.  I think you can guess who was responsible for each of the maps below, no?

It’s always nice to have Málaga play us at home, because starting this year, it means that Fernando Hierro makes a return to the Bernabéu.  He deserves a proper sendoff, no?  He was such a great player and captain for us for so many years.

And here’s a possible reason for Fábio Coentrão’s absence as of late.  According to El Mundo, Mou found out that Fábio had smoked during his birthday celebration a couple of weeks ago in Torrelodones, and he didn’t like that.  Anyway, here are also a couple of better pictures from that celebration, of little Cristiano Junior and little Enzo.  I wonder if they played together during the dinner?  That would be the most adorable thing ever!

SIXTEEN.  It looks like we followed Castilla’s lead, because on Sunday, they also scored a goal (Jorge Casado) in the first half and then gave one up at the very end of the game to leave things 1-1 as they tied Sanse.  They’re still on top of the table though, just like the first team.

At least Real Madrid basketball won, as they too held on to their lead on top of the table ahead of Barcelona.  Jaycee Carroll scored 36 points as Madrid beat CAI Zaragoza 85-71.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarah, Madrid permalink
    March 20, 2012 15:02

    same reaction as when I saw Cesc tweet, where is Pique … because he obviously watches our team! Lovely tweet Cesc

    I would like to believe that the Eladio account is fake or unreal because he is damaging Mourinho’s image although he has nothing to do with him, his tweets is so horrible I can’t, is it confirmed it is him? why can’t Jose fire him already because he is doing us no good, I don’t like being linked to our club.

    I would have loved to see a picture of Santi’s smile, I know he scored against us, but he is Santi, Rud didn’t celebrate goal, I love him so much really can we have a Real Rud interview soon 😦

  2. kiki permalink
    March 20, 2012 19:05

    First, I am so happy with the gestures of support for Muamba & Abidal & I add my wishes for their swift, full recovery.

    – Iker (AKA: Mr. Hotness in a Grandpa Sweater with a Murse) screaming and swearing is one of my favorite things.

    – RUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUDDDDDDDDDD!!!!!

    – The gif of Xabi & Granero gesturing the same is the best! It’s like Esteban sees Xabi’s arm go out & he automatically follows his Sifu! I LOVE IT!!!!

    – Mou’s duck face! hahahaha! I love his faces…

    – It looks like Xabi may be making eye contact with that little kid…so I must say well done, child!

    – Sergio & Xabi’s pregame instructions, I would never have seen without Una! (& many other moments.

    – Castilla look glorious galloping in that first pic….

    – Not happy about the draw, but well done to Cazorla.

    – Xabi is looking a bit tired, I think he normally is logging the most miles per game, if not as many minutes as Iker & Cris. What a superman. Him tired still tops others on their best match, it’s just we are used to utter perfection. He’s still top, top, top of the world in his position, but I guess it will do him well to rest in our CL first leg…..still makes me nervous to be without him though….

    – HALA!

  3. Olivia permalink
    March 20, 2012 21:16

    Wow, Callejòn’s hair!

  4. Kristen permalink
    March 20, 2012 23:30

    I know we are still 8 points ahead but I was very sad to drop these 2 points. I don’t like giving any type of break to Barcelona!!

  5. Cindy permalink
    March 21, 2012 00:23

    Meanwhile, Cris looked a bit silly wearing his hat like this.
    No Una he looked RIDICULOUS. He’s a grown man not a ten old kid. (full disclosure I’m a big fan of his), but when he looks silly I can’t defend him. Thank you for your wonderful ICYMI.

  6. March 21, 2012 01:30

    Really? Smoking is that big of an offense to warrant your exclusion from the squad? I know it’s not ideal of course, but I expect it was a one time thing and unlikely to have affected Fabio’s performance on the pitch… Wow. Mou runs a very, very tight ship.

    Anyway, I love how Xabi and his protege practically mirrored each other while lining up for the wall.

  7. maria permalink
    March 21, 2012 02:40

    I also loved Cesc’s tweet praising Madrid about its gesture… he could have gone quiet like his teammates, but chose to show his appreciation in public, even Madrid being the biggest opponent of Barça. Really cool from both parts!!
    And if you wanna check out a little bit of Karim and his disgusting vest, on that charity performance at Lyon last month, here’s a link to a small video reportage on his appearance on stage with the “Enfoirés”.
    http://videos.tf1.fr/les-enfoires-restos-du-coeur/benzema-chez-les-enfoires-7057390.html
    Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately, depends on point of view), he doesn’t sing or dance, and if his suit was any brighter, we would all be blind by it right now… But let’s just say he chose to wear white as a tribute to Madrid… Anyway he’s adorable, specially when he cracks up laughing when this guy does a very bad Mourinho impersonation!! Hope you’ll like it!!
    XXx

  8. March 21, 2012 05:52

    I would make a beeline for Sergio. And he would be impressed. Hahaha just kidding, I have no idea actually. I think I’ll make a beeline for Esteban, but what are the chances that he would be on the field at the opportune moment =(?

  9. Sunny permalink
    March 21, 2012 06:12

    I don’t read the official website either. Those heat maps are pretty cool (no pun intended). It’s helpful to see where most of the activity is, that way we know where we can improve.

  10. Jennifer permalink
    March 21, 2012 20:18

    Ugh Sunday was such a bad day of football. The first team match was like a replay of the Castilla match, down to the last-minute equalizer.

    The Abidal/Muamba shirts were a surprise, but a really lovely gesture.

    Xabi and Granero should be on the pitch together more often, please, Mou. We can never have enough of that perfection.

    Eladio Paramés is vile. Does he seriously not have a filter/any common sense? Can someone not reign him in?

    I hadn’t noticed those heat maps before, but they are way cool! Though it’s sort of obvious whose is whose, it’s still kinda awesome to see it all ~scientifically mapped out! 😄

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