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ICYMI – the little pleasures edition

April 14, 2012

In case you missed it – Atlético de Madrid vs. RM [2012-04-11, Liga jornada 33, 1-4].

As Xabi Alonso said, “Little pleasures, 3 points and an episode of ‘The Killing.'”  So here they are, the little pleasures from this game!

Little pleasures #1, 2, 3, 4: a cup of coffee; taking a walk; chatting and laughing with friends; Xabi Alonso.

Little pleasures #5, 6, 7: the adorableness of this team; Sergio’s hair; kisses.

Little pleasure #8: continuing the streak: it’s been almost 13 years since Madrid lost a derbi madrileño, a streak of 23 games and counting (divided into 16 wins and seven ties).  The last time Atleti won was back on Oct. 30, 1999, Iker’s first derbi.  La manera más sencilla indeed.

Another stat?  Madrid has notched up a 21-game non-losing streak in away games.

Little pleasure #9: Cris and his thigh/Antonio Adán celebration

… although that thigh isn’t little at all, is it?

Little pleasure #10: the team celebrations.

I love the enthusiasm!

However, they have to take care that they don’t injure each other while celebrating, no?

Little pleasure #11: individual celebrations are great as well, especially when José Callejón points to that escudo that he loves so much.  He said after the game, “Real Madrid has been my team from the time I was small and it will always be.”  I hope Madrid will always be his team too!

Little pleasure #12: glitter, sparkles, shiny things: Cris’ goals were great, and then Cuatro gave them sparkly tails so they would be easier to see.  I love it!  By the way, Madrid has a record of 56-2-0 in the Liga when Cristiano scores.

Little pleasure #13: Karim posting photos of himself, with those hilarious expressions (unintentional, I’m sure) and hackneyed hand gestures.

Little pleasure #14: Xabi and his posing.

Little pleasure #15: the team player that is Cristiano.  After the game, Cris said, “I’m happy for the goals and the assist, and I thank my teammates, without them I can’t score or play my football.”  He added, “I’m not looking to set records, but to win titles for Real Madrid.”  With regards to possibly missing out on the clásico if he sees a card against Sporting, Cris said, “I’ve been in this situation for two months now [where one more card would result in a suspension of one game] but I’m behaving very well.”  And that moment when he tried to give the ball to Pepe but Sergio stole it?  Hilarious!

Calleti also said of Cristiano Ronaldo, “for me, Cristiano is the best player in the world, he does things that no one else can do.”  Meanwhile, Sergio said, “he’s the best player in the world.  We are lucky to be able to train with him everyday and to have him with us.”

Little pleasure #16: Cris putting the hat trick ball under his shirt after the game, and then walking around as if he were pregnant.

Little pleasure #17: the day Iker Casillas got on Facebook.  I miss Iker’s Facebook English though!  That was one of the big pleasures in life.

Little pleasure #18: of course, beating Atleti once again (it would be a big pleasure if it were a rarer event, no?), especially in light of how our team was treated.  Some of the ways Atleti’s fans tried to rile up Madrid before and during the game: first, they put up a sign reading, “coming soon to a theater near you.”  They then unfurled a gigantic banner reading “Ghostbusters,” with their players as the ghostbusters, and Mou, FP and Cris as the ghosts.  As the team arrived at the stadium, the crowd chanted “ese portugués, qué hijo puta es” at Mou.  During the warm-up, Cris got chants of “come out of the closet,” “son of a bitch,” “die,” and also “Messi, Messi, Messi.”  Pepe got “die,” “son of a bitch,” “assassin.”

Little pleasure #19: hugs.

Little pleasure #20: the class with which our boys picked up the bottles and other assorted items hurled at them after Cris scored the team’s second goal.

Little pleasures #21, 22: hearing Aitor Karanka speak (and gesture), and seeing Mou discussing things with the ball boy.

Following the game, Aitor Karanka praised his team and Cristiano: “it’s clear that he had a spectacular game.  Everyone’s work was spectacular as well.  When the game was the toughest, with the tie at 30 minutes left, the entire team did very good work.”  As for the Liga, “three days ago, when everyone thought we had lost the Liga, we still had confidence in ourselves and now we’ve achieved a win.  There are important games at play during each game like today.  You have to take it one day at a time.  The team is tranquil and has confidence in the work that it has done.”

Little pleasure #23: shots from inside the locker room, which are always welcome, no?  I love Mesut standing on the bench, and all of their smiles!

Little pleasure #24: seeing Sergio Canales’ return to action, after about six months out following a torn knee ligament, as Valencia beat Rayo 4-1.  He came in during the second half and played about 15 minutes.  He’ll continue his stay in Valencia next season, after that club and Madrid agreed to extend the loan for a second year.  Bonus: Roberto Soldado with Esteban Granero and Álvaro Arbeloa after the Madrid-Valencia game.  Did you know that Álvaro’s wife Carlota is the godmother of Roberto’s son Enzo?

Little pleasure #25: our captain.  I had forgotten to put this in my “all set for Atlético” post, but AS ran an interview with Atleti ‘keeper Thibaut Courtois, during which he said, “Iker was my childhood hero [this must make Iker feel old].  I like him a lot, and even though I have a lot of respect for him, he’s a rival and I will always want to beat him.  I admire his speed under the posts.  He’s a great goalkeeper… we spoke after the last derbi, in the locker room of the Bernabéu, and we exchanged shirts.  He told me not to think anymore about my expulsion, that I was having a good season and to continue like that, as I was very disappointed after the game.  Casillas is really nice.  Even though he plays in Madrid and is one of the best in the world, he hasn’t lost his human qualities and that’s something I really like about him.  He’s not only a great on the field, but also off of it.”

18 Comments leave one →
  1. April 14, 2012 18:06

    Hih, Iker looks so short next to Courtois. Lovely post as always, thank you Una!

  2. Dia permalink
    April 14, 2012 19:35

    I’m curious what Mou is discussing with the ball boy. Is that a “Marca” vest? Maybe he’s a photog/videophotog from Marca?

  3. Ana permalink
    April 14, 2012 20:11

    i love those sparkly things in cris goal!

  4. April 14, 2012 22:06

    omg hahahah Cris still teasing Adan. i love it

  5. Mouah permalink
    April 15, 2012 01:34

    What a way to end this post… It really sums up what we like about our team and especially our captain ! Really love Iker and the way he makes Madrid shine ❤
    And I think we owe Cristiano this victory, for once he took full responsibility on the pitch and played like a leader. He won the game nearly by himself. Let's hope he will be this good against Barcelona !

  6. kiki permalink
    April 15, 2012 06:11



  7. kiki permalink
    April 15, 2012 06:16

    ps. isn’t this also the match where Xabi (Mr. Classy, calm, cool & collected 00RM Bond Alonso) gave Cris like a 5 minute hug after he scored? My lands, I couldn’t breathe! #fansself

    ps. Great post again Una!!

  8. kiki permalink
    April 15, 2012 06:25

    I can’t believe I’m posting again, sorry, but I just saw the gif of Cris’s goal, it’s amazing to see the trajectory of the ball when it’s lit up like that!!! It was great to see the Soldier and Pirate together after the match 😀 That wonder gif reminded me of a vid of Ray Hudson’s english coverage where his commentary of Cris’s free kick turns rather erm…effervescent, to be polite. It’s hysterical if anyone missed it. I think I will just move into this post & live here till Bayern, it’s my new “happy place” Hala Madrid!

  9. blackwiidow permalink
    April 15, 2012 06:38

    it’s like they’re TRYING to give me a heart attack with each remaining match! at this rate, i’m going to need xanax, vodka and an oxygen tank to get through next saturday!

    but at least they won. phew! hala madrid!

  10. April 15, 2012 06:46

    iker is my big pleasure! 🙂

    this is a great idea for a post, una, i love it! i can think of many, many more little pleasures RM brings me, but you’ve managed to nail most of them right here!

  11. April 15, 2012 06:48

    PS: xabi, you can do no wrong, but you made a rare misstep here: the killing is a TERRIBLE show. the main actress is possibly the worst actress i’ve ever seen, it’s dull, it drags on with no movement or resolution, it’s gloomy and boring and bleargh!

  12. Morales permalink
    April 15, 2012 07:39

    :33333 our boys are so freaking cute and adorable

  13. superfan permalink
    April 15, 2012 07:46

    Regarding #23, you have to notice that no thumbs up poses were in sight!!! Hahaha.

    I never would’ve thought we’d win with such a scoreline. The game was definitely harder than what the score suggests. But I’m so happy with the win. This particular party is never easy. 😉

    Thank you so much for this recap, Una! 🙂

  14. April 15, 2012 08:57

    whoa, look at that height difference between Iker and Courtois in that picture! Oh Benz and his silly pictures! I love everything about this post =)

  15. April 15, 2012 13:47

    I love this team so much!! But god this match gave me a fright.

  16. Jenny permalink
    April 15, 2012 17:10

    What a beautiful post!

    What did Mourinho say to the ball-boy? Do we know.

  17. April 16, 2012 05:00

    omg- the height difference between Iker and Thibault

  18. wandering permalink
    April 16, 2012 08:49

    Not so little pleasures. I love this team so, so much.

    iHala Madrid!

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