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Re: Real Madrid CF 2013/14

Post by Super Progress on Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:01 pm

Very Happy 

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Placating Ronaldo much  Biggrin 
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Re: Real Madrid CF 2013/14

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Re: Real Madrid CF 2013/14

Post by Jaime on Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:40 am

Casillas: "This trophy is for Jese is going through a bad time right now." Ale
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Re: Real Madrid CF 2013/14

Post by Jaime on Thu Apr 17, 2014 3:57 am



Nice detail by Arbeloa to carry Jese's shirt for the picture.

Just a couple of thoughts on the final:

We can win without Ronaldo! cheers

I have to say I am delighted with Isco. He had a great start to the season and then for one reason or another he faded out of the team in the winter but since he has come back, he has been playing at a really high level. He looks very comfortable in the deeper midfielder role and Ancelotti really has him playing very disciplined and doing a lot of defensive work. He recovered more balls than any other player from either team yesterday. In fact, he won the ball both times and then started the counter attacks that led to both goals.

Coentrao is really boss. In many ways, Marcelo's injury is a blessing in disguise. Thank god Coentrao did not leave last summer. He is who I want playing the big games. Him and Carvajal are really important to the team these days. If it weren't for the stigma of being one of Jose's signings I think a lot of the Madrid press would not be so hard on him.

Bale. What a fucking goal that was. Of course Pinto made the finish easier by being shit but still to spring 60m and then have the composure to cut inside, hold off Bartra, and then slip the ball into the net. Great stuff. Bale > Junior neymar. The look on the faces in the Barcelona end as he celebrated was a beautiful sight. Biggrin

Once again, Barcelona can't beat us without penalties and sendings off. Ale

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Re: Real Madrid CF 2013/14

Post by Fey on Thu Apr 17, 2014 7:23 am

Good Copa del Fey win!

Annnd...being the most scoring team in europe. In the end, scoring a lot of goals seperates the big clubs from the Spurs clubs

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Re: Real Madrid CF 2013/14

Post by Super Progress on Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:19 pm

A great match but in truth we should have finished Barcelona off way before they got back into the game. We played great COUNTER-ATTACKING football from start to finish and it worked perfectly. For once Ancelotti was pragmatic in a big game like this and he was of course right. Playing Benzema upfront with Bale was a smart move and allowed him the freedom he doesn't have when working defensively on the flank. For those roles Isco and Di Maria are much more suited. So fair play to Ancelotti for being progressive when it matters. The only thing I can fault him for is being a bit too defensive at times although it didn't really cost anything. In reality it allowed us the space for those deadly counters but for some reason or another we lacked some composure just we were about to create a huge chance.

Benzema once again had a great game in the build up and he helped set up so many times. Glad to see him continue his great form of late even if he isn't getting on the end of too many chances. Bale was somewhat mixed. He did really on the ball but thought he was a bit too selfish at times. I'm guesing he was feeling the pressure of scoring in a classico but there was a bit too much Ronaldo about him. A spectucular goal from him and this will hopefully relieve some of the huge pressure on him and allow him to be more generous with his teammates. He is still better than Ronaldo on this account though because if he is close the left he still likes getting to the byline and setting up a good chance with a cross as he did for Isco.

Di Maria was brilliant in the first half doing his workaholic act helping out at back and managing to hit on the counter with great speed. Also cut in well and sprayed the ball around. Such a versatile player. Isco was the big surprise though as Jaime mentioned. He really allowed us to get out of the thigh spaces just when the pressure is tight which create those dangerous situations Di Maria/Benzema/Bale thrived in.

Carvajal/Coentrao/Modric/Alonso weren't the main features they normally are. We were attacking with such speed Carvajal/Coentrao were not really that relevant but they did their jobs and they could stay back more. Modric/Alonso along with Isco set off the counters and worked well in the middle but given our strategy they weren't as assertive as they normally have to be. Modric also wasn't as sharp doing those twists and turns in the middle to beat his man.

This was Mourinho-esque in style

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Re: Real Madrid CF 2013/14

Post by Super Progress on Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:48 pm

Another great thing about that formation is that it is equally capable of playing a counter attacking game as well as the pro-football stuff. It can become a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-3-3 without any problems as well. There is life after Ronaldo and it might not be too bad.
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Re: Real Madrid CF 2013/14

Post by Jaime on Thu Apr 17, 2014 2:12 pm

Super Progress wrote:A great match but in truth we should have finished Barcelona off way before they got back into the game. We played great COUNTER-ATTACKING football from start to finish and it worked perfectly. For once Ancelotti was pragmatic in a big game like this and he was of course right. Playing Benzema upfront with Bale was a smart move and allowed him the freedom he doesn't have when working defensively on the flank. For those roles Isco and Di Maria are much more suited. So fair play to Ancelotti for being progressive when it matters. The only thing I can fault him for is being a bit too defensive at times although it didn't really cost anything. In reality it allowed us the space for those deadly counters but for some reason or another we lacked some composure just we were about to create a huge chance.

Benzema once again had a great game in the build up and he helped set up so many times. Glad to see him continue his great form of late even if he isn't getting on the end of too many chances. Bale was somewhat mixed. He did really on the ball but thought he was a bit too selfish at times. I'm guesing he was feeling the pressure of scoring in a classico but there was a bit too much Ronaldo about him. A spectucular goal from him and this will hopefully relieve some of the huge pressure on him and allow him to be more generous with his teammates. He is still better than Ronaldo on this account though because if he is close the left he still likes getting to the byline and setting up a good chance with a cross as he did for Isco.

Di Maria was brilliant in the first half doing his workaholic act helping out at back and managing to hit on the counter with great speed. Also cut in well and sprayed the ball around. Such a versatile  player. Isco was the big surprise though as Jaime mentioned. He really allowed us to get out of the thigh spaces just when the pressure is tight which create those dangerous situations Di Maria/Benzema/Bale thrived in.

Carvajal/Coentrao/Modric/Alonso weren't the main features they normally are. We were attacking with such speed Carvajal/Coentrao were not really that relevant but they did their jobs and they could stay back more. Modric/Alonso along with Isco set off the counters and worked well in the middle but given our strategy they weren't as assertive as they normally have to be. Modric also wasn't as sharp doing those twists and turns in the middle to beat his man.

This was Mourinho-esque in style

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The team definitely played on the counter last night. The biggest difference to Jose's version, however, is that when Ancelotti plays a counter attacking style he puts capable, footballing players in midfield instead of Khedira or trying push Pepe into the midfield just to kick people. This way, as you alluded to above, when Isco gets the ball we don't just give it right back to Barcelona we can hold on to the ball long enough for him (and Modric does the same) to work the ball forward to our dangerous front players. For example, in the first goal especially, when Isco wins the ball and slips it to Bale or Benzema (I can't remember which one was the outlet). There is no way a facking runner like Sami would ever make that pass. With Jose and Khedira, that ball would have been won back immediately by Barcelona who would then have already been attacking in the last 1/3 of the pitch. But when you have some like Isco you can make that outlet pass, Bale and Benzema play one touch passes and suddenly Di Maria is through on goal.

Of course it does help, also, that today giving Barcelona the ball is not nearly as dangerous as it was 2-3 years ago. They are so impotent these days. Xavi is a geriatric. Cesc doesn't know if he is allowed to pass the ball forward. Messi can't be bothered. Neymar is busy looking for his own ball.

Super Progress wrote:Another great thing about that formation is that it is equally capable of playing a counter attacking game as well as the pro-football stuff. It can become a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-3-3 without any problems as well. There is life after Ronaldo and it might not be too bad.

And in truth, it can become a 4-4-2 as it did last night, particularly when we were defending with Isco and Di Maria filling in down the wings to help the full backs.
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Re: Real Madrid CF 2013/14

Post by Super Progress on Thu Apr 17, 2014 3:13 pm

Sure that is all true but Mourinho was leaning towards Modric in the end and Ancelotti was using Khedira at the start of the season until the injury. The difference is not that Ancelott is that much more daring really. It is that this side is more mobile and technical without losing solidity. In fact we were more organised precisely because we had one free player in Bale and the flanks covered. Benzema took care of pressing the Cb's as well as coming back to the Dm zone and annoying Xavi or Busquets. Ronaldo could perform the same role as Bale but with both players in there we lose some of the agility in tight spaces when we are trying to play out of their pressure. In short we had balance.

And indeed it was a 4-4-2. Bale could wander as he wished but he kept away from the right really. Instead he often played as a left striker at times which meant Isco could be more narrow and Coentrao was more suitable to helping with width when needed anyway.
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Re: Real Madrid CF 2013/14

Post by Jaime on Fri Apr 18, 2014 3:28 am

And here is a real bomb if true.

Apparently Luka Modric has communicated to Florentino that he wants to leave in the summer. He is happy in the club but he/his family are not adapting to life in Spain and he wants to return to England. Chelsea are apparently interested and would offer Oscar plus cash. Florentino doesn't want to sell him for less than 50m.

Who knows this could be bullshit but supposedly the source is the same guy who broke the Ozil transfer last summer.
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Post by Jaime on Sat Apr 19, 2014 2:40 am

Di Maria: "Saying that the players betrayed Mourinho is a lie."
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Post by Super Progress on Sat Apr 19, 2014 12:13 pm

I suspect the the more honorable Spaniards like Alonso and Arbeloa would argue otherwise.

Why are we not playing this week?
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Post by TM on Sat Apr 19, 2014 5:36 pm

Super Progress wrote:I suspect the the more honorable Spaniards like Alonso and Arbeloa would argue otherwise.

Why are we not playing this week?

Yeah its laughable to say all the players were 100% behind Mourinho.

The Spanish FA have pushed the Osasuna game to next weekend because of the Cup final midweek, so as to give more time to prepare for the CL. Similarly thats why Atletico played last night.
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Post by TM on Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:30 pm

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has insisted that he remains a Real Madrid supporter - despite the bitter nature of his exit from the Santiago Bernabeu last summer.

The two-time Champions League winner arrived in Spain in 2010 and won a Copa del Rey in his first year with Los Blancos before then leading the capital club to the Liga title in his second season.

His third campaign ended not only without a trophy but also in acrimony, with the 51-year-old having out with a number of key players, including captain Iker Casillas, and it was recently claimed that the Portuguese felt "betrayed" by some of his squad.

However, Mourinho insisted ahead of Chelsea's Champions League semi-final first-leg clash with Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Caldron that he is still a Blancos fan.

"In Spain, my club is Real Madrid and when they win competitions when I'm not involved I'm happy," he told reporters.

Mourinho saw his Blancos side lose the 2013 Copa del Rey final to Atletico and while he refused to discuss the strengths of Diego Simeone's side, he admitted that he has the utmost respect for the club from the Calderon.

"I am not here to talk to you about Atletico’s qualities; I did that with my players already," he stated.

"No team arrives in a Champions League semi-final without being a very good team and there are no exceptions. To be here they have to be a very good team.

"We respect them, have studied and analysed them. I am not going to talk to you about what my vision of Atlético as a team is."

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Re: Real Madrid CF 2013/14

Post by Jaime on Tue Apr 22, 2014 1:57 pm

Ancelotti: "No es un éxito llegar a semifinales". Ale
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Re: Real Madrid CF 2013/14

Post by Jaime on Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:30 pm

Old school:

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Post by Super Progress on Thu Apr 24, 2014 4:19 pm

Quite remarkable that Modric managed 97% in game where we only had the ball 28% of the time. Alonso was great too with 88 % of the ball. Normally I don't particularly care about these sort of things but in these circumstances it shows what a valuable job they did when possible.

Does anybody know what the situation is with Pepe
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Post by Jaime on Fri Apr 25, 2014 2:03 am

Super Progress wrote:Quite remarkable that Modric managed 97% in game where we only had the ball 28% of the time. Alonso was great too with 88 % of the ball. Normally I don't particularly care about these sort of things but in these circumstances it shows what a valuable job they did when possible.

Does anybody know what the situation is with Pepe

UEFA's final match statistics had us at 37% possession but still outstanding stuff from Modric and Alonso.

No word on Pepe as far as I have seen.

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Re: Real Madrid CF 2013/14

Post by stinger on Fri Apr 25, 2014 6:24 pm

I don't know if this was posted here previously, but it's a really nice story from a few weeks ago - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2599601/Cristiano-Ronaldo-meets-Polish-boy-roused-three-month-coma-scoring-Portugal-World-Cup-play-off.html

Big credit to Real and Ronaldo as well.  Ale
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Post by Jaime on Sun Apr 27, 2014 12:52 pm

Sounds like Zizou is off this summer. After working as Carlo's assistant this year he wants to be the #1. It appears he has several offers from France, including Monaco. He and Florentino have an agreement that he can leave to further add to his manager "experience" so that eventually he ca become the RM boss.
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Post by TM on Sun Apr 27, 2014 1:02 pm

Not sure how involved Zidane has been in the tactical side of things this year, but he's been instrumental in the revival of Benzema and the development of Jese ok.
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Post by ERIK LAMELA on Sun Apr 27, 2014 5:38 pm

Modric is your best player.
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Post by TM on Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:58 pm

Prior to this season Real Madrid didn't have a great record against German teams in the CL:


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Post by stinger on Tue Apr 29, 2014 11:35 pm

lol! 
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Post by Fey on Tue Apr 29, 2014 11:47 pm

Shows you how overrated the Bundesliga perhaps is..I mean 17-4 against the best Germany has to offer over 6 matches...and I dont think this Madrid is that special tbh.
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Post by Jaime on Wed Apr 30, 2014 4:10 am

Well nobody asked you Fey!!!! Wink

What a night. Still buzzing. A similar feeling to the 99-00 season when RM won 2-3 in Old Trafford when basically everyone was expecting the defending champion to throttle us in the second leg.

And honestly I can't think of a single player who had a bad game. Ok maybe Benzema was less influential than normal but apart from that everyone was 10/10.

Going in to the match I was thinking maybe we can lose 2-1 and squeak through to the final on away goals but honestly from the first kick off I had a good feeling. Even from the beginning few minutes where there was nearly a carbon copy of Benzema's goal in the Bernabeu.

It has to be said that Bale really sacrificed for the team tonight. First off doing a great defensive labor down the right had side, especially in the first half and then launching himself into attack as soon as we won possession. And of course he was extremely unselfish on the third goal squaring for Ronaldo when he could have easily gone for it himself.

Coentrao who has been so poorly treated by the press has been vital. Had Robben in his pocket the whole night. There is no way the team could be this solid defensively with Marcelo and I think Super might have pointed it out at some point too but the way he stays wide in attack (instead of Marcelo who is always cutting into the centre) is really important for the team's shape. And Dani Carvajal. What a beast. I always knew he had it in him. It's a shame Jose never forgave for being 5 minutes late for a bus in preseason back in 2010. He is like a better version of Michel Salgado. Honestly, he deserves to go to the World Cup the way he is playing this year, especially since Arbeloa's injury and he has been the full time right back. Never gave Ribery a centimetre.

Modric, nothing needs to be said because we've been saying it for months that he has been very nearly our best player. Of course it will be tough to replace Alonso (who has really been having some of his better performances of the season in recent weeks) in the final but honestly Illarra's last several matches in the league have been excellent and Casemiro always plays well when he gets on the pitch. I would even say that with Di Maria's work rate and you could almost play him and Modric in the middle with Isco down the flank.

Which takes me, finally, to Ancelotti. He's gotten it spot on. His flexibility to go between 4-3-3 and 4-4-2 when necessary has been a real key to the team's success. He is getting the best out of all the players. Pepe, Di Maria, Benzema....he's somehow resolved the Casillas-Diego Lopez dilemma, he has incorporated and improved a number of the young players. I can't think of a single player who has been marginalised in any way (apart from Ozil who decided to f*ck off thankfully). The harmony in the camp is exactly what we needed after Jose. Carletto, the Italian Del Bosque (well...we'll see if he can la decima first haha).

The only thing that could have made the night better would have been to see Jese on the pitch. Ah well, hopefully they can win it for him (and Xabi!).

A Lisboa!!!!!!! Ale
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Re: Real Madrid CF 2013/14

Post by Super Progress on Wed Apr 30, 2014 2:52 pm

cheers 

Once again it was a team effort. Ancelotti gets full points for this one. He had it exactly right and he certainly proved me wrong with playing Bale instead of Isco without losing defensive shape. On top of that he didn't simply repeat last week's performance. The pressing was great and varied which is exactly how it should be against a team like Bayern. You can't let them get too comfortable in possession and especially after goalkicks and similar situations. Mourinho mastered this in his second year with Barcelona and it could easily be applied to Bayern who didn't have a player like Pedro who can exploit the space behind the defence with a good run so we could afford it. Rattling them really set the tone and once we got ahead that was only exacerbated and every counterattack made them more nervous.

Ramos and Pepe were monsters in this one. As was Carvajal who is quickly becoming the most complete fullback we have ever had. He was all over Ribery and he still managed to push forward. He worked well with Modric and Bale when he would venture forward and we kept the shape. Such sacrifice gave us what I have long wanted from this team which Mourinho, sadly, never really managed. The only player to get a bad mark is Alonso for being so stupid to make such a lunge after we are ahead 3-0 in the first half. He cost the team dearly and I don't trust Illarramendi to be at the center. As Jaime said he has certainly improved recently but I don't trust him unless he is surrounded by Alonso+Modric. This will also allow Chelsea/Atletico to focus much more on Modric in the final because there is no threat of a quick long flank pass that Alonso specializes in. We also lose desperately needed physical strength and composure. The only advantage is that he is so agile so which can raise a new challenge compared to Alonso. I think we will really struggle if he has a bad game and can't allow Modric to do his thing. Casemiro is a strange one but he is looking like a really useful player for us. He is getting more used to the tempo. We still need to see him in different situations where we might need more from him. Coentrao has proved just like at the end of last season that he is indispensable for the big games. It is incredibly unfortunate that we will have to let go of him. He has actually become better than Marcelo who overcomplicates things in attack and lacks concentration in defence. He keeps it simple but doesn't throw the ball away, has a good sense of when to go forward and he sticks to getting crosses in. Defensively he was perfect.


And the best for last is Ancelotti. I was sceptical that he had peaked as a coach but since the Barcelona defeat last year he just kept improving. He has now played a 4-4-2, 4-2-3-1, 4-3-3 and with many different players. This 4-4-2 is right up my alley because Bale is clearly defined as a workhorse and a forward while Ronaldo can get freedom without it costing us on the left. I would have liked Bale to be more succesful with some of his moves but the play was clearly focused on the left with Coentrao, Di Maria, Ronaldo. Having 2 upfront was also good at rattling Bayern who are not used to that sort of challenge. He waited quite some time to take out Ramos, who I never trust not to get a yellow, but it actually did look a game where Ramos could do nothing wrong. On a general note this game shows again how complete this team has become. We are nr.1 in La Primera in terms of set piece goals along with Sevilla and ahead of Atletico Madrid! We also show great variation in our set pieces with different plays set up. I especially liked the one we used last week against Bayern with Modric laying the ball off on a corner and Di Maria hitting it with pace and power. All in all Ancelotti has made this team a perfectly balanced team. We can play solid defensively when we have to be, counter attack with great pace even with Bale/Ronaldo missing, we can keep hold of the ball and play our way through with both fullbacks helping out. This is why his Milan team is my favourite Cl team because it had a bit of everything. Last years Bayern was the same.

The final will be very hard of course because we won't be able to really use counter attacking much. Atletico has proven they can cut us off but a final might be different. I fear Chelsea and especially Mourinho more than Atletico. He would love to spoil our party and I suspect he would if he goes through which I don't expect they will.

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Re: Real Madrid CF 2013/14

Post by Super Progress on Wed Apr 30, 2014 9:34 pm

translation?

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Re: Real Madrid CF 2013/14

Post by stinger on Wed Apr 30, 2014 10:52 pm

The most amazing skill by Ancelotti is how he can manage, motivate and making everyone on one side with top players like he has in Real.
But it's not really surprising - he did as good with this aspect when he was in Milan, Chelsea and PSG.

And he somehow is able to do it without all the drama Mourinho produces on almost daily basis, players seem to enjoy playing for him even without installing in them "we against rest of the world" mentality.

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Re: Real Madrid CF 2013/14

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