Re: Espana Cup
Thanks. You did the right thing. I just the saw the match as I'm writing. So... let me review it, i guess :p
Originally Posted by MS Itachi
First of all, I lol'd really hard most of the time in this match.
The best is after Valdes saved a volley kick from Ronaldo at the 60 apprx. Ronaldo got frustrated and got on his knees whining to God or what ever. Then, Ozil delivered another cross to Ronaldo and from whining on his knees, he got up quickly and tried to get a header. Had he been more concentrated, it will have been a goal. It was hilarious how he got back from his knees to try get the ball though. Brilliant.
Another nice moment is when the 2nd referee whistled a offside position for Alexis and some Barca substitute began questioning the referee from the outside. The referee gave him such a 'get the f*** out of me and let me decide' look. Awesome.
On the whole match now, well, good display by Madrid. Not really in terms of domination or possession like the stats suggest but more in terms of concentration and intensity shown. Barca was not terrible. They did futile mistakes mostly. Their worst flaw is to have been too impulsive. They were playing too rashly and in speed that they messed it up a bit.
- Alexis Sanchez was brilliant. He got tried after 1 hour but very pleasant and exceptional display.
- Benzema and Ozil did well.
- Cristiano. I really liked what he showed especially in the second half. He was much better than Messi although Messi scored. The critics were a bit harsh on him on this match.
- Messi. Good but got few ball to express himself.
- Iniesta was in lack of shape. He was really crisped. Each time, he got the ball, there were mostly a foul on him though. He was really not the same coolness and ability level I know him. Perhaps the reason why Barca f**ked up in terms of passing. It went better with Xavi entering. Barca clearly needed Xavi in that match.
- Valdes was not exceptional but was good and did important saves.
- Contrearo should permanently replace Marcelo.
Moment-wise - Real dominated early on and logically opened the score. The 2 goals of Barca clearly came at moments where Real was not expecting it. In the second half, there were some insolence play from Barcelona. Each ball Messi, Alexis, Villa, Thiago were touching, they were provocative and dribbling Madrid players just to showoff and nail it better on Madrid psychologically. Real was clearly getting tensed and were clueless about what to do especially due to Barca's provocative plays - which were not dangerous btw and the events of Barca's 2 goals. The second goal clearly did not came while Madrid was dominating. It was good rush by Ronaldo which lead to a mere but crucial corner that Alonso scored. That's why Ronaldo is also important. Afterwards, Ronaldo and others gain soem good strikes but were unable to score. Then came the 80th minute where there was clearly a penalty on Ronaldo due to a "clear" foul by Valdes. Barcelona clearly decided to clam the play thereafter, contending themselves with the draw and almost gained a penalty in the process with a foul on Pedro. Guess that was it.
Since every Barca-Real match is fu**ed up in terms of refereeing, this one didn't surprise me. So, 1 penalty not given on each side. Multiple fouls not whistled. There clearly were no cuddles on both sides. But I can't blame the guy much. First of all, if he needs to stop the play at each time, it won't have been that entertaining. Secondly, there are some fouls that Barca didn't get and Madrid not sanctioned because even though there were fouls, Barca's players tend to dive in so much that it isn't credible anymore when fouls are committed against them. Take the tackle of Pepe on Alves and compare with the foul on Messi by Alonso in the last minute. While Pepe clearly deserved a card on that one, Alves was anticipating and diving so generously that referee just gave a foul. While the fault is unacceptable and clear-cut. The guy is struggling to pass and clearly is stopped brutally.
Moral of the match: Well, Madrid deserve perhaps a 3-2 win and Barca's main problem were with their mindstate. They were too much proud on their past accomplishments over their fierce rivals that they hoped a little too much from the referee.
On Man U's match, well, yeah, two big injuries after a good 1st half. But like they say, "...And in the end, Manchester United triumphed and won again despite everything..." It's like a fable story. On De Gea, they are a bit harsh indeed on him. But the problem isn't with his talent. I don't know why but it seems to me that he got knees problem. You see when a far shot is coming, normally, you should bend on your knees to get faster on the ground. he doesn't or rather don't do that. That's why he's late to stop those shot in terms of timing. He needs to work on that. I don't know if it's physical or if it's a nervous problem, but he'll have to work on that. The critics are dumping him further; saying that last season, he was the GK who conceded the most goals from far-shots. I hope he gets better with time. he needs to pull off one big match against a big team and thereafter, the critics will be silenced for while surely.