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en lo bueno y en lo malo…

May 3, 2013

… siempre Real Madrid.

Well, I did get my wish of once Juanitos, but I guess we could have used once Santillanas as well.  Despite the result, I am extremely proud of my team for all the heart, courage and fight they showed out there.  We didn’t make it easy for Borussia Dortmund, we made them feel that 90 minutes in the Bernabéu are indeed molto longo, and we went down with a fight.

(Photo taken by Marcus Slaughter, who also just posted this, which I am kind of coveting.)

Even though it may not seem like it, there were good things that came from this game.

But first, to avoid ending on a negative note, I’ll address what José Mourinho said after the game.  He told ITV after the game when asked if he’d be around next season with Real Madrid, “maybe not… I want to be where… I love to be where people loves me to be.”  During the press conference, he said, “I know in England I’m loved.  I know I’m loved by some clubs, especially one.  There are people in Spain who hate me, and many of them are here in this room.”  From these words, it appears that he won’t be around next season.  I love him for the results he’s gotten and how entertaining he was at times, but I hated the drama that every little thing became and the circus that reigned, especially since that article I posted about yesterday made me remember much calmer times.  I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

Anyway, onto the good things.

The fans were fantastic: Madrid asked the fans to support the team, and the fans took that message to heart.  Prior to the game, the fans lined up on either side of Concha Espina to give the team bus a loud and raucous arrival.

Inside the stadium, the beautiful mosaic of La Décima greeted the team when it came out, and the support never wavered during the entire game.  The Bernabéu was loud, and we were doing our best to will our team to victory.  Practically everyone was on their feet for the last 10 minutes, ready to explode when that third goal was scored.  Of course, it didn’t happen, but I loved seeing all the fans united for our team.  We could tell they appreciated it from their post-game comments.

Our goalkeepers: instead of debating whether Iker or Diego should be in goal, shouldn’t we be grateful that we have two fantastic goalkeepers?  Even if we had managed to score that third goal, it wouldn’t have mattered if Diego López hadn’t stopped everything that was thrown at him.  This save in the 61st minute was spectacular, and instantly reminded everyone of Iker’s save against Sevilla, which many consider the best of his career. 

Those electrifying last 15 minutes where everything seemed possible: it took a while, but Madrid did score two goals to give us even more hope than we had.  I loved how Cristiano and Karim engaged in a tug-of-war with Borussia’s keeper over the ball, as he was trying to waste time, while we wanted to restart the game immediately.

That’s teamwork!

It was fitting that Sergio scored on the night, as he was heart and soul of Real Madrid out there.

The goals got the bench players and FP excited, and the fans started chanting “sí se puede, sí se puede” as well.

Cristiano: what an effort from Cristiano Ronaldo, despite being injured.  He really wanted to be out there in battle with his teammates, despite the discomfort he was feeling, instead of sitting around on the bench.  And then after the game, he said he didn’t want to use his injury to justify anything.  I love him, and it makes me sad that he said he was sad.

The team: look at how involved everyone on the team was in the final minutes of the game.  From the bench, they encouraged their teammates and disagreed with refereeing decisions.  No one could remain sitting for the last few minutes, and they all ended up on the sideline.

Iker was especially vocal and expressive, whether it was to tell the referee that time was being wasted or to cheer on his teammates.  You can tell how involved he was by looking at his reaction to the final whistle, when he sank to his knees and bowed his head.

The ending: there was a silver lining.  Several of our boys ended up in tears, and while that tugged at my heart, my heart also swelled with joy when I saw their teammates comforting them, and how classy we were in defeat, congratulating the victors.  Sergio was the one who took this loss the hardest, and everyone tried their best to comfort him.

Iker, being the captain that he is, went around giving out hugs and whispering encouragement.

I’m so proud of my two captains.

Sergio Ramos: el madridismo has a new idol, and his name is Sergio Ramos.  We of course already loved him, but this game cemented his place in Madrid history.  Many are now calling him the new Juanito, for the fight, courage and heart he showed before, during and after the game.  FP knows it – Sergio was the only one he talked to at length prior to the game (he even removed Sergio’s headphones to ensure that his words would be heard).

Sergio was the boss out there, and even in defeat, bathed in tears, he still found time to congratulate his adversary.  Cuando pierde da la mano, sin envidias ni rencores, como bueno y fiel hermano.

Our products: once again, a tweet from Esteban Granero perfectly summed up what I was feeling after the game.  He tweeted, “as a madridista… VERY proud.  Great team and great Bernabéu.  #halamadrid.”

Again, I am so, so proud of this team for giving it there all out there on Tuesday.

25 Comments leave one →
  1. May 3, 2013 14:29

    Una, I’m so thankful for you and your blog! The Real Madrid-fandom would be a very sad place without you. Sometimes I think back last year when you went on hiatus because you were busy with work – I checked this blog every day, waiting impatiently for a comeback – and then one day, there was a new post and I may actually have screamed out loud, because I was so excited to have you back! You’re the best.

    And this post is too. It’s so nice that you actually focus on the good things of the game, instead of the bad. Because there was a lot of good things. Sergio being the main one. Man, that man fought and fought and his love and adoration for the crest and for the club really shone through. I adore him so much and I’m glad he has, as you say, ‘cemented his place in Madrid history’, because he really, really deserves it. Diego Lopez made some fantastic saves and this game was just a great example of why I love Real Madrid and the fans and the players and the club and everything surrounding it – because we all stand together, in bad times and in good times. Hardly any other fanbase would have supported their club in this way and hardly any other club would have fought this hard. I’m so proud of them and I have no doubt that they’ll use this game to get even better and even stronger for next season.

    • Cosi permalink
      May 8, 2013 10:08

      Ah everything I want to say, L’s just said up here! Thank you for returning to blogging Una, and giving us all a place to share the love and pride!!!

  2. Gigi permalink
    May 3, 2013 14:51

    This post just made me cry with happiness and pride. You captured EVERYTHING that was good about us in this game. Something magical happened… and even though we lost, we came out of it with our heads held high, knowing we’d done our best. The fan support just blew me away… it’s been a little lacking this past season, sort of complacent, but I can’t even imagine how it inspired the players to see that sea of people waiting when they arrived at the Bernabeu. I left my heart out there with them, and love them more than ever.

  3. anabel permalink
    May 3, 2013 14:53

    I think that the fans support was great for the first 20 minutes then it died, until those last 15 crazy minutes. People started leaving too…

  4. Sara, Madrid permalink
    May 3, 2013 15:34

    This post is gorgeous Una! this lost is heartbreaking, but somehow in the chaos of all the drama this season, this game was a prove when it is defending the crest of one club, we all stand united, we all cheer together, and we all be sad together.

    Hala Madrid, this generation will win La Decima because I believe in them, I believe in this team I believe they are fans before players or professionals, they want the glory for white shirt as much we all do.

    Ramos and Iker is the combination that I love about this game! My capi ❤

  5. ThatPerson permalink
    May 3, 2013 19:27

    I love this post. It’s making me cry happy tears. God, how I love this team!
    Hala Madrid!

  6. Anna permalink
    May 3, 2013 21:14

    Brilliant post Una. Sergio was incredible in that match, and I’m so proud of this team

  7. yvette permalink
    May 3, 2013 22:07

    Reading this I got choked up again! Well done Una.. ¡hala madrid!

  8. May 3, 2013 23:18

    Why did my kid have to make a wisecrack joke about RM getting beat while looking at the special edition headphones? His beating will begin shortly…
    Sergio’s tears made me tear up. Even reading about it now. I really felt his effort. And you could see CR’s difficulty. I’m glad they won this game. And there will be next year. We will have Iker back, well rested. Hala Madrid!

  9. May 3, 2013 23:39

    I’ve never had tears in my eyes after reading your posts (and I’ve been following for more than a couple of years)…but your beautiful post got me real emotional! What a beautiful read.

  10. Afrah. permalink
    May 4, 2013 00:37

    Hi, Una

    Great work as usual and I don’t know if this is feasible but I would like it if you made a gif of the Sergio Ramos & Juanito moment in this Vid It’s very similar to the Ronaldo and Raul Gif on the right hand side. I think that game depicted that Ramos will be a legendary player in the white shirt. He had the essence of madridismo to a tee. I couldn’t fault him on one single thing. I will take a Chelsea saying and remix it alittle; Sergio Ramos: Captain, Leader, Legend.

    • unamadridista permalink*
      May 4, 2013 16:52

      Done! It’s in the latest post.

      • Afrah permalink
        May 5, 2013 00:14

        I LOVE You. You’re seriously god sent. Can’t thank you enough. Thanks a Mill, you absolutely MADE my day 🙂

  11. May 4, 2013 04:47

    were you at the match, una?

    i was actually flying so i couldn’t watch it, which is probably just as well. i’m heartbroken … so close, yet so far … so frustrating! but at least they showed up for this match and really, really fought for it. no one can be dissatisfied with that.

    una, did you read mou’s comments at his presser today about iker? ( he pretty much all but confirms there WAS a rift between them (i KNEW it!) and that he wishes he could have brought in diego at the end of his first season with RM (he “tried” but basically wasn’t allowed). he also insinuated iker thinks he is “above” the rest of his teammates. suddenly, it makes perfect sense to me why — even though iker has been match ready after his injury for quite some time now — he hasn’t been allowed to set foot on the pitch. i’m not talking about the CL; it made sense to continue with diego there, but in la liga, which we’ve already conceded, there really was no reason not to give him a few minutes here or there, especially in recent matches where we’ve been up by multiple goals, with just minutes left to play and still had a substitution left. i’m sure mou’s defenders will say he has his reasons and it’s the coach’s prerogative and whatever, but to me, it smacks of pettiness and punishment.

    • May 5, 2013 15:49


    • Cosi permalink
      May 8, 2013 10:37

      i’ve been wondering about this as well, Una- there’s been so much gossip here in London, now it’s about Terry and Lampard talking to/texting Mourinho, and Benitez proclaming that Mourinho’s definitely coming back next year…

      I haven’t been keeping up with the Mou vs Iker/other players issue, and was really disappointed to hear about Mou’s response to Pepe’s criticism about giving Iker more respect- but Mou does like his drama. I don’t know much about what’s been going on in the Spanish media, but constantly leaving the capitan off the pitch when he’s no longer injured raises huge question marks. And I guess Mou’s confrontational manner of interviewing has always made a circus of everything.

      What do you think about this, Una?

    • Cosi permalink
      May 8, 2013 10:39

      and now Alex Ferguson is retiring, making another explosion of rumours here. Hate all this gossip and uncertainty. Ahh!!

  12. May 4, 2013 06:13

    Gracias por tantas fotos que envuelven en una imagen tanta emoción y tanta pasión del equipo. Lo que dijo Granero no pudo estar mejor dicho. Hala Madrid!

  13. Sunny permalink
    May 4, 2013 06:43

    This post made me cry all over again. Thanks, Una.

  14. ane permalink
    May 4, 2013 09:52

    I’m proud of the boys, they did everything possible. Really, really proud of them and the fans.
    Diego did good this time, but in the first leg game not so much and unfortunately receiving 4 goals was too much in the end. I agree he’s a good GK, but saying that save compares to Iker’s famous Sevilla save us too much.

    And crossing finger Mourinho will leave, because I’m tired of this whole circus since almost day one. And what he did in the last press conference is outrageous, Iker and Cristiano don’t deserve that treatment, especially Iker who always was a gentleman and endured so much because of Mourinho.

    • May 4, 2013 21:07

      well said, ane.

      i agree that diego has been great and helped us a lot, and it isn’t fair to make comparisons between he and iker because they are two different people and players. i’m really glad we had diego when we didn’t have iker. however, the fact still remains that we lost by a score of 4-1 in the first leg, and sure, the defense wasn’t the greatest, but the goalkeeping wasn’t, in my opinion, either. which is NOT to blame diego — it’s a team effort, we win as a team and lose as a team — but perhaps if mou weren’t so petty and actually allowed iker to play once again for a bit, maybe the result would be different. we’ll never know.

  15. Joey91 permalink
    May 5, 2013 03:36

    Oh Sergio & Iker how I love you two…
    Great captains, big idols..!!
    Great post!!

  16. May 5, 2013 11:10

    I could not bring my self to read this post till now. Today is the 5th May and I’m sitting here with tears in my eyes reading this post.

    It hurt so much. So, so much.

    I am so done with Mou and his bulshit. If he wants to go, let me leave. This drama is unnecessary and stupid. I loved him once, but no more. (wow did i sound like a jilted dramalama there or what?!)

  17. May 6, 2013 15:17

    a great post, UnaMadridista, made me a bit less sad….

    it’s just football, La Decima will happen sooner or later and it will be so awesome than, we need to stay hopeful;-)

    seeing Iker was just heartbreaking, I will forever love him, no matter what. As much as I love Mou, my love for Iker is the biggest and noone can compete with that, this is all I can say.

    Sergio was great, I feel kinda proud, he’s matured so much and it’s great to see him fighting on the pitch like that.

    to end on a brighter note – we had some experiences with Bayern;-), but this year Javi is there and it was sweet to see him jumping like a kid after the game with Barca. It will be sweet to see him happy like that in the finale. 😉

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