What a disaster for all concerned with Real Madrid at El Madrigal stadium last night. Rui Faria, the trainer, was sent from the bench for dissent after 49 minutes. Ramos was expelled for a second yellow as was Jose Mourinho. Ozil was then expelled for disrespect, with Pepe being shown a red card for his outburst in the tunnel after the game.
Ther first half was unspectacular, Lass being the most effective player at the deepest point of a midfield diamond. This formation had to be changed after Lass received a yellow card. Marcos Senna had a good first half for Villareal, intelligent, strong in defense and good use of the ball.
Ronalso put Madrid into the lead in the 61st minute after a sublime through ball from Ozil. Madrid failed to push on and were, perhaps, content to keep what they had.
All hell broke loose in the last ten minutes. Ramos picked up a second yellow after 82 minutes, which led to the second yellow for Mourinho for dissent and Ozil was given a straight red for sarcstically clapping the referee.
Marco Senna then scored directly from the free kick, to which Casillas was a little slow to react to. Villareal were also denied a penalty after Arbeloa tugged Nilmar`s shirt in the area. If the rferee had seen it there may have been another red card.
The real Madrid players were fuming at the final whistle. Christiano was heard to say “they robbed us, they robbed us, just robbed us,” and Pepe is reported to have told Paradas Romero to ” go and mug someone you son of a bitch,” for which he was also expelled.
Neither coaching staff or players chose to comment publically because they could not trust their tempers.
Since Barcelona closed the gap at the top of la liga to eight points, the media have started talking about pressure and the possibility of Barcelona catching Madrid.
Lass, who played his first game for Madrid since February 5th on sunday was glad to be back in the team but disappointed with the result, if not his own contribution. He rallied Madrid supporters today stating that, “there is no fire at home,” meaning it was not that serious.
Jose Mourinho was calm at training, showing no anger or reproach to his players. He is insisting on confidence and focus. “There is hunger and mental strength. Enough not to worry.” He also put the onus on his rivals, saying ” Barca will have a problem being eight points adrift with only eleven games to play. It is they who should be nervous.”
There are a few worrying precedents. In the last sixteen league championships, Real Madrid have dropped at least eight points from this stage on thirteen occassions. They dropped exactly eight points from eleven games last season under Mourinho. But, this season they are a stronger and better team. Also, on many of the past seasons when they dropped alot of points they still won the league and were coasting to the end.
Even if Real were to drop eight points, Barcelona would still have to win every game between now and the end of the season. They also face a tougher draw in the champion`s league.
The next step for Mourinho`s men…beat Villareal tomorrow.
Real Madrid’s sports betting odds are directly tied with the fortunes of Cristiano Ronaldo, and while the speedy forward has been relatively injury free throughout his career, he is a worry for “Los Merengues” as they prepare for Wednesday’s massive Champions League clash with Lyon at the Bernabeu.
Ronaldo has 37 goals in 39 appearances for Madrid this season, but he’s been out with the past two matches because of a muscular injury suffered in a 7-0 thrashing of Malaga on March 3rd. Madrid hasn’t needed him, as they’ve won 3-1 at Racing Santander and a 2-0 victory over Hercules, but they’ll face a tougher task against the French giants on Wednesday. The first leg ended in a 1-1 draw at the Stade de Gerland, but it could have gone differently if a Ronaldo free kick hadn’t crashed off the crossbar. Manager Jose Mourinho believes that Ronaldo will be ready to go on Wednesday, and when he is in the side, Madrid is a different team. He’s one of the few players in the world who can win a game by himself, and games like these are the reason why Madrid paid Manchester United over $130 million for the Portuguese superstar, and with the extra time to rest after his injury, Ronaldo should be in the lineup for Madrid.
Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas thinks that Madrid, who have an away goal, will sit back and defend their slight lead, but Madrid is a different side at home, and they’ll be motivated by last year’s loss to Lyon at this stage of the Champions League. Look for Ronaldo to come out strong and see plenty of the ball in the early stages as Madrid look to set Lyon on the back foot, and they should go through to the next round.
Nije kome je re?eno, nego kome je su?eno. Naime, kao što je poznato prvi na listi želja kraljevskog kluba bio je Holan?anin, Nisterloj koji je imao veliku želju da se vrati na mjesto uspjeha, nažalost nije se mnogo pitao, pa je igra? Man?ester sitija, Emanuel Adebajor „proslije?en“ Murinjo, odnosno Real Madridu. Reprezentativac Togoa karijeru je trebalo da nastavi u Francuskoj, ta?nije Monaku, ali prevelika želja visokog centarfora prevagnula je da se odlu?i za „merengese“.
Ako zadovolji, postoji mogu?nost da španski klub otkupi njegov ugovor na kraju sezone, potvrdili su i Siti i Real.
– Real Madrid i Man?ester siti su postigli dogovor na osnovu kojeg ?e Adebajor igrati na pozajmici u španskom klubu. Igra? ?e ostati u Realu do kraja sezone, a postoji mogu?nost da klub otkupi igra?ev ugovor – stoji na Realovom sajtu.
Real je tako okon?ao potragu za napada?em koji ?e nadomjestiti Iguainovo odsustvo.
After Di Maria, Khedira and Carvalho, Jose Mourinho’s team signed Mesut Oezil.
Mesut Ozil (15-10-88, Gelsenkirchen, West Germany) lands at Real Madrid after a standout performance at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The midfielder earned a permanent spot on Germany’s senior side by the age of 21 after winning the 2009 Under-21 European Championship. His unique touch, unmatched individual technique, excellent ball control and deadly last pass make the German midfielder one of the brightest up-and-coming stars in European football.
A constant work in progress, Mesut Ozil has quickly earned a reputation as an elegant and versatile midfielder. His knack for the final pass, his free-flowing movement on every third of the pitch and his exquisite left foot earned Ozil a spot in Shalke 04’s academy in 2005. It only took one season for the midfielder to earn his promotion to the first team and he made his Bundesliga debut at the age of 17.
During the winter transfer window 0f 2008, Ozil completed a switch to Werder Bremen, where he played over 60 matches and scored 13 goals. With Werder, the midfielder went on to win the 2009 DFB Cup and the 2009 DFL Supercup. On an individual level, Ozil was rewarded for his outstanding Bundesliga play by being named the best player of the first leg of the 2009 season.
Ozil is paving the way for the German national team’s new generation of players. Although of Turkish decent, his entire life has been committed to Germany. He played for the Under-17 side and moved his way up to the Under-21 side, which won the 2009 European Championship. Ozil provided two assists and scored a goal in the final against England.
His debut with the senior side dates back to 12 August 2009, when Germany defeated Azerbaijan. Ozil continued to impress in World Cup qualifiers and by the end of the 2010 World Cup was among the ten finalists for the Golden Boot.