10 February 2013

The Roller Coaster Ride of the Season

It is undeniable that I am a die-hard fan of Real Madrid and it is one of the motivations that prompted me to watch “The Battle of the Champions” between Spain and Uruguay at the Khalifa International Stadium. But unfortunate events happened days before it was staged and some of Real Madrid’s Spanish players did not made in the line-up due to injuries they sustained during one of their La Liga matches. Most notably is the number 1 player and captain, Iker Casillas, hand injury from accidental kick by Arbeloa during their match against Valencia. 

But that’s not what this post is all about; I just don’t seem to understand what’s happening now for the reining La Liga champions this season with their see-saw games starting from the opening match. They won today with tough opponents and lose tomorrow with lowly and struggling clubs. They seem can’t gather themselves to get into the winnings ways that made them Spanish champions last season. Many have said that Real Madrid is mathematically cannot defend the La Liga title anymore as they lie third in the table and a whooping 16 points behind leaders Barca. 

So they are now focusing their view in winning the Copa del Rey and the Champions league instead but that won’t come very handy as they face not just tough but arduous opponents. In the former, they’re against arch rival Barca in the semi-finals, drawing 1-1 in the first leg at the Bernabeu and the return leg is later this month on 26 February at Camp Nou. While their Champions League quest in round of 16 will start on Wednesday at the Bernabeu against Premier League giants Manchester United. 

And of course you know then what I’d love to have from the results of the match yet have mixed feelings as they lost to Granada last weekend then dismantled Sevilla yesterday. With that alone, you can now imagine Real Madrid’s roller coaster ride of the season.

NB: Image from wikimedia commons.

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