Casemiro gave Atletico Madrid a taste of their own medicine in the midfield the other day in the derby match. He tackled hard and made life difficult for the likes of Griezmann and Torres on the pitch. Even though the game was played at an exceptionally fast pace, Casemiro was able to make his presence felt on the field which allowed Real Madrid to attack Atletico Madrid with purpose without holding back lest a counter attack from Atletico Madrid.
Lionel Messi scored a mammoth 73 goals in the season 2011-2012. It was perhaps his best season then and by the looks of it, looks set to become the best season ever for Lionel Messi till the end of his career. For most Barcelona people, that was it. Messi had proven himself as the greatest player to have ever played the game.
Just a short while ago Neymar's agent went on a rant and drawled that Neymar should end his career at Real Madrid. While, the reason for Neymar' agent to divulge that matter must have had something to do with Neymar's tax problems in Brazil where his assets were frozen following some investigation but here are the top three reasons why Neymar would have been great at Real Madrid: Neymar is a player whose dribbling skills are riveting Neymar doesn't just dribble when the situation demands it, he dribbles because that is the only way he knows how to play.
All Real Madrid players, except for Modric and Casemiro, vacillated between being just good to being poor vs Atletico Madrid. Real Madrid did not have a strategy in place to stop Atletico Madrid coming in from the wings and whipping in low, hard, dangerous crosses. One of those crosses led to the only goal Atletico Madrid could score against Real Madrid from the many chances they created.
Real Madrid got a draw out of Atletico Madrid at Vicente Calderon and now sit level on points with Barcelona on fifteen with seven games played. Well, Real Madrid is actually two positions above Barcelona because of superior goal difference. Atletico Madrid are now at the fifth spot, five points behind Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Barcelona lost their away game (not a huge surprise given that most of the times they kill off teams in Camp Nou exclusively) to Sevilla 2-1. Neymar scored a penalty late in the game to save face for Barcelona but we all know that a consolation goal, is just that. A consolation goal. Messi is out injured for possibly two months and that means Barcelona will drop more points.
Malmo came to the game against Real Madrid with an odd strategy. Generally teams play rather aggressively in their home ground to push away teams into their shells and dominate them. Malmo, didn't even try to do that against Real Madrid except the first ten minutes of the game. After the first ten minutes, Malmo just went back to to the edge of their box and waited for the next 90 minutes to, first, suck Real Madrid deep into their own half and then catch Real Madrid off guard on the counter attack.
Ronalgo 500+ | Create infographics Ronaldo has been breaking records left and right despite having a poor start to the season by his lofty standards. Against Malmo, he didn't play his best but still managed to get two goals and in all fairness, could have scored two more goals had he been in the form he has been throughout the last six or seven seasons.
Ronaldo scored two goals (destroyed Raul's record for most goals for Real Madrid) and Real Madrid didn't concede a goal, again, against Malmo. That means that Real Madrid, under Benitez, has only conceded once this season so far and that was against Athletic Bilbao. Injuries to Pepe,Ramos and Danilo meant that Benitez had to play with an entirely new cast at the back.
Messi might be injured for six or seven weeks now but it doesn't change the fact that he is a hero to thousands (perhaps millions?) around the world. The wikipedia article even shows a bus in the hills of India with a Messi tag on its rear windows. Lionel Messi is paid a lot of money for his services and he is one of the greatest (if not the greatest) of his generation alongside C.
Real Madrid attack took an enormous amount of shots against Malaga this weekend and still ended up with a 0-0 draw thanks to a brilliant display from Malaga goalkeeper Kameni and some not so great finishing by Real Madrid attack. Real Madrid against Malaga: took 31 shots throughout the duration of the game had 27 chances to score a goal.
Malaga had little influence on the game against Real Madrid but that tends to happen to lots of teams who come to play at Bernabeu. But what did Real Madrid's midfield do to make Malaga's midfield (and the forwards) almost non existent. Real Madrid is a team which attacks a lot with the wing backs which leaves a lot of work to be done, defensively, on the shoulders of the midfielders.
It was a match that Real Madrid deserved to win and Malaga didn't deserve to lose. Well, if it wasn't for an awful referee decision Malaga would have lost the game by 1-0, which would have been the perfect result for the night. A 0-0 draw might give you the impression that the game was tedious but actually, it was anything but.
Real Madrid won against Bilbao 1-2 San Mames stadium a couple of days ago. Two goals from Benzema for Real Madrid and a goal from Sabin for Athletic Bilbao might give you the impression that it was an average win for Real Madrid, but it wasn't. It was an amazing result as fixtures against Bilbao are always very hard for Real Madrid at any point in the season.
Benitez had never won against Athletic Bilbao as a manager before this match and if there was one reason why he was able to win (apart from two Benzema goals )this time of asking was because of the midfield. The trio of Modric, Kovacic and Kroos balanced the midfield with great effect. Isco was also employed as a midfielder but he played in a more advanced role by helping out Ronaldo and Benzema in attack.