December 12th, 2011

Weekend Results: Normal Service Has Been Resumed

This must be what football journos mean when they say a team ‘jubilates’ after winning. Image Credit: AP Photo/Andres Kudacki.

Missed any important action this weekend? Well, firstly you should be ashamed of yourselves, as we slaved over a hot Weekend Preview post so that wouldn’t happen.

Second, why don’t you just pop to the off-licence, purchase a bottle of their finest champers and Fed-Ex it to Kickette HQ by way of apology? While we’re checking out the quality, you can catch up with those all important results.

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EPL

Aww, we’ve missed this bromance. Image: Michael Regan/Getty Images.

Manchester United put their Champions League nightmare behind them on Saturday with a comprehensive 4-1 win over Wolves. Wayne Rooney and Nani scored two each in the win, which lifts the club to within two points of Manchester City who play their game-in-hand vs. Chelsea tonight.

But the EPL threw up it’s fair share of surprises too, with Spurs losing 2-1 to Stoke City, promoted Norwich beating Europe hopefuls Newcastle 4-2 and Fulham losing 2-0 to Swansea.  Liverpool squeaked past QPR 1-0 thanks to a Luis Suarez header, while Robin van Persie saved Arsenal’s blushes on their 125th anniversary with an awesome volley that some have already called the ‘Goal of the Season’.

What d’you think?

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La Liga


El Clasico: A bad day at the office for Iker and his cohorts. Image: REUTERS/Sergio Perez.

No team can afford for their best player to go walkabout during their toughest, most hotly anticipated match of the season so far. To say that Real Madrid lost El Clasico because Cristiano Ronaldo failed to perform on Saturday night would be unfair on Barcelona, but it didn’t help.

Real Madrid lost the game 3-1, despite a howling error from Barca ‘keeper Victor Valdes that allowed Karim Benzema to score in the first minute. An equaliser from Alexis Sanchez on half an hour wasn’t unexpected, but the build-up and nature of Xavi’s volley early in the second half should have been a warning of worse to come for Madrid. They didn’t heed it, and by the time Cesc Fabregas’ headed in off Dani Alves’ cross and made it three, Madrid’s hopes of going six points clear at the top with a game in hand were undone.

For once, football was the winner in an El Clasico – Real Madrid’s high line in the early stages that forced Barca into the odd, uncharacteristic mistake should be mentioned, plus the fact that, aside from the odd scuffle and a ridiculous amount of rolling around on the floor by both sides, no fighting or finger-poking spoiled the view.

For us, highlights included Gerard Pique’s surprise rearguard action (in full here) and Cesc’s much improved hair situ. In fact, the bouff was so much better, we’re going to write to FIFA and ask if it could be awarded an honourable assist for the goal. There were parts of the game where we thought it performed better than certain members of the Madrid team.

While all this was going on, Valencia failed to keep pace with the top two with a 2-1 stoppage time defeat to Real Betis. Literally. Ruben Castro scored the equaliser to Jose Antonio Dorado’s 66th minute own goal at 90+1 and the winner at 90+4. This hauls Betis out of the relegation zone and Valencia just one point ahead of fourth placed Levante, who beat Sevilla 1-0.

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Serie A

In about two-milliseconds, conceding a goal is going to be the least of Giacomazzi Guilliermo’s problems. Image: Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images.

Juventus’ game in hand away at Roma tonight, plus AC Milan’s failure to beat struggling Bologna equals Udinese in top spot this morning after their 2-1 win over Chievo. See, Kickettes? Don’t you feel that if mathematics had been taught like that at school, you might have done better? That’s our excuse, and we’re sticking to it.

Other notable Serie A developments included Napoli suffering a Champions League inspired hangover and simultaneously handing promoted Novara their eleventh point of the season in a 1-1 draw, while Inter hauled their way up to tenth with a 2-0 victory over Fiorentina.

Meanwhile, Lecce had a  brief moment of optimism after taking the lead against Lazio, only to lose the game 3-2. They remain rooted to the bottom.

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Bundesliga

Maybe we were a bit hard on Teemu Pukki last time we saw him. Is it fair to say there’s a degree of cuteness lurking beneath that curly mop? Image: AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL.

Breaking news from Augsburg this weekend. To celebrate their third win of the season and consequent climb to the heady heights of seventeenth in the table, we at Kickette have learned to spell their name correctly. We’re sure they’re thrilled on both counts.

Borussia Monchengladbach were their opponents and the narrow 1-0 defeat puts them in fourth, with Schalke leapfrogging them into third after a 2-1 away win over Hertha Berlin. Borussia Dortmund are in second after a 1-1 draw vs. FC Kaiserslautern and Bayern Munich reaped the benefits; their 2-1 win over Stuttgart consolidated their position as leaders.

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Ligue 1

Valenciennes’ Foued Kadir. Better at scoring goals than celebrating them, apparently.

Paris St Germain beat Auxerre 3-2 to take second on goal difference, with Montpellier hanging onto top despite a 1-0 defeat to Valenciennes. Foued Kadir (above) scored the only goal, but despite the stunning win, we’re not prepared to forgive his horrendous ‘chicken dance’ celebration. Can you imagine the dancefloor at the Valenciennes festive bash if this catches on?

Lorient fell to their first home defeat of the season vs. Lyon, although only by a margin of one. Which must have been a relief, considering what happened midweek. The bottom of the table clash between Nancy and AC Ajaccio ended 2-2, which didn’t really help anyone, although this morning Nancy will be grateful for Daniel Niculae’s last minute equaliser which earned a point. Better than nothing, boys!

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73 Responses to “Weekend Results: Normal Service Has Been Resumed”

  1. mamaly says:

    hala madrid and hala Jose

  2. Nayet21 says:

    HALA MADRID!!!!!! I will always love and support my team and my boys…..

  3. Marina_Isabella says:

    [perv] what's pique packing down there in those shorts?… that stuff looks pretty big to me! [/perv]

  4. Melaniee. says:

    well ladies,
    xavi did say scoring in el clasico was like getting an orgasm….
    so yeah.
    food for thought. :)

    • Sarah, Madrid says:

      Although it shouldn't since I am a madridista, but THIS is giving me some pretty dirty thoughts lol.

  5. Agnes Wonka says:

    RM is doing so well that I thought they were going to win :(

  6. Barcelona won the classico again. Check All goals & highlights of Barça victory!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YG1cc1pbR0o

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  7. Smith says:

    Arteta & Cahill are adorable together, damn Arsenal for separating them.

  8. JA7 says:

    All I have to say is that our win against Everton just made Arsenal's 125th anniversary even sweeter! :) Robin van persie's goal was a STUNNA! Arsenal till i die!!

  9. Laurean says:

    I tried to say that I support both – until I watched a Barca game and the infamous 5-0 beating. That was when I knew it could never happen, for the reasons I stated above. Plus, Barca fans aren't the easiest to get along with. As much as I see Madrid fans being considerate when they win, Barca fans and players are just over the top. Then again, I AM a Madridista, so I guess my view can't be totally unbiased lol. I'm sorry this was so long, but I literally do not know anyone who supports Madrid.

    • Gladys says:

      I'm a Barca fan but I feel like I can be a little unbiased in the analysis. There is something rather obvious about RM's loss that no one seems to be talking about (or at least analyses I've read), and I think it should make Madridistas more sympathetic towards Mou, Cris, et al. Everyone is so used to FCB's Xavi/Messi/Iniesta tick-a-tacka, but into the mix– for literally the first time this season at full health and capacity– was thrown Alexis Sanchez. Given he's been out injured, I really don't think until Saturday any team would have been prepared for how different he can make our style of play. In the way Dani Alves is a defender who attacks, Alexis is a striker who defends, and he's got boundless energy. He has the kind of speed up and down the field that you usually see from CR7 and strikers like him but he's also got a little bit of Puyol in him. (Defenders are used to concentrating all efforts on Messi.) As an FCB fan, I'm relieved that we finally added more variety into our style of play; but for our opponents it means a new thing they have to be prepared for. Dani and Alexis are a lethal combination on the sides…P.S. I hope I'm not one of those ungracious Barca fans. At least I try not to be.

      • Laurean says:

        You know, that's really something I havent heard before – about Sanchez bieng thrown in there. I can see where you are coming from, he has added an edge to Barca – however wasn't he in the super cup too? I can't remember. But wow, you really described him so well! I agree, he is someone who only adds to the lethality of Barca.

        And don't worry, the Barca fans I speak of are unfortunately on my Facebook who only support the team because Pique is sexy, and because they are winning. If I asked them what they think about players like Abidal, and Mascherano (i probably killed his name) they probably wouldn't be able to tell me about how efficient their defending has been. The people I speak of threw a fit and practically disowned the team when Barca lost to Chivas over the summer. It was one of the most odd situations I have ever been in- comforting Barca fans after a loss!! no malice intended of course, it's just not something you hear about often. However, apparently Iker's brother is a die hard Barca fan!! I wonder how that works out for them!! lol

  10. Laurean says:

    However, the way I see it, the way Madrid play football is not always as efficient, but is always exciting and beautiful. And while Barca may be deadly and efficient, their main tactic (ball posession) often slows down the game to a snail's pace and the beauty is just lost. There are some moments when they are near goal where their game is mezmerizing, but its just not fun to watch unless there is a team out there actually challenging them and making them move fast. With Madrid, I can watch them any day and smile. When I began watching football in 2006, all I knew was Real Madrid (Thank you RMTV). When I moved to the US it was difficult to keep up because I didn't have any sports channels and I didn't know much about football at the time.This went on untill the last world cup when I began watching football again. I knew that I Ioved Casillas and el Ramos from 2006 so I supported their success (I didn't know that they were Euro Champs) at the time. after the world cup I knew there were many people (including my best friend) who began supporting Barca.

    • Kristina says:

      his is where many goes wrong in there criticism against Barca's way of play, imo. Many accuses Barca of slowing down the tempo with their possession game. But as you yourself said, when Barca meets an opponent that challenge them, they speed up. So the conclusion I make, and always make in these kind of discussions: it's not Barca's fault that other teams don't challenge them! I, and many with me, think they get wrongly accused of being boring. Why don't the other teams test Barca? It's not Barca's fault that they don't get challenged.

      And btw, not all that support are bandwagoners. I started cheering for Barca in the 90´s :) .

      • Sarah, Madrid says:

        That's the thing when teams start Barcelona in breaking their midfield and way they are playing aka Mourinho's style with Inter last season with RM, they were labeled as crazy manic who is killing the game and playing "anti-football", pressure them you win, Barcelona needs to be pressured, allow them to keep the ball BUT in way that their possesion football turn ineffective by closing spaces and not allow them to take advantage of their creative passer, that's how you win against Barcelona turn their strenght posession into weakness used against them.
        I don't think that barc style is boring, *La Roja plays close to the same*, I think it is matter of taste some likes to see the ball moves around until reachs the goal and some likes the direct football, Real Madrid style is about that, but with beautiful passes and being classy while doing it as much Barc are the best in total football.

        • Kristina says:

          Like you, I think it's a matter of taste. I love the ping pong-football (tiki-taka)! It's fascinating that they can find each other almost without looking, and sometimes in very high speed. I also appriciate the high pressure football that RM attempted against them. That is also very entertaining. RM IS a very entertaining team to watch. But I don't appriciate the kind of football that Mou used with Inter against Barca. They tried to kill the game, and they succeded. But how fun was it? One team refusing to play (parkin the bus), and the other team, in lack of better things to do, are passing the ball amongst themselves until boredom! What else should they have done?

          RM pressured Barca and it became a very memorable game. And I don't say that because Barca won. Even if RM would have won it would still have been a very good game, by the look of it. Now, Inter refused to play. But Barca is the team that is called boring by some (not by you, I know:)). It's a bit unfair. Anyway, it's gonna be a hell of a football game at the Camp Nou, don't ya think?

          • Sarah, Madrid says:

            That's the thing with Inter I think Mourinho worked around the quality of players he has, that;s why he literally parked the bus truning ping pong football into a handball game for barcelona, that's when Barcelona style turn into boring, they keep passing but what's the point of passing around the ball if you can't reach the goal!
            Inter aim was not play beautiful football, to win only, as they say "the mean justify the way".

            • Kristina says:

              I just don't know what else to do against a team that stands around their own goal. Should the Barca players have just stopped? Sat down with a cup of coffe? What else is there to do with a ball if no one wants to play, than to pass it around? Wasn't it Inters style that was boring? At least that's what I think. They were the ones to blame for a boring game, not Barca. Barca played the ball at least. In my book that's what you do when you play football. Inter "played" boring and uninspiring football. Mou couldn't have been thinking of the coming generations of footballers when he set up that game. Who would want to play that kind of football?

              • Sarah, Madrid says:

                I don't think it was his aim to set a standard, as I said it was all about winning, because Mourinho did take defensive approch into a whole new level in that game, I personally WAS against Mourinho because I didn't want us to play like Inter when he first arrived. Football as a game is about winning scoring goals regardless of how you do it, personally I hate uneffective possesion it is very frustrating to watch, it is not "boring", but it frustrates the viewer, I say that because RM sometime are put in this situation that they keep on passing around with no effectivness, cost us the game against Levante, Racing..this style is just ineffective, the aim of a footbal game is pass to reach and score, that's the aim, when the other team is closing this infront they are allowing you to keep the ball as much as can until you make a mistake, they steal, run and score because what's matter in the end of day is winning, esp if it is knocked up rounds. Ask Brazil 1990 when they had 80% possesion in a game, one attack Maradona pass goal Argentine in the final, Brazil isn't, recent example Valencia vs Chelesa.

                • Kristina says:

                  I get you Sarah, I really do, it's just sometimes it frustrates me that it is Barca who gets the blame after a game like the one against Inter. That's what I'm aiming at. And you can't really call Barca's style uneffective can you? (I don't think you do, it's a rethorical question) If they didn't score, of course. But they do. A lot. So the impression that they leave you with is that they are superior (wich they of course are not).

                  I think what bugs many people is that they make you feel like when you where a kid playing with the big boys (or girls) and the didn't let you borrow the ball. You feel played with, humiliated almost. Many people, especially guys i have discovered, remembers that feeling when they watch Barca play and therefore they hate Barca. At least that's my amateur psychologist view. But that doesn't apply to us intelligent, football-loving girls in here :) .

                  • Sarah, Madrid says:

                    No, you get me wrong, I didn't say posession is ineffective. I said sometime it can turn as your weakness like any football plan, anyway I see you point about guys, I heard alot of guys who I watch barc games with will be screaming kick the guy for god sake just take the ball :P

          • Sarah, Madrid says:

            Now, with Madrid, you can sense there was a progress in facing Barcelona, thy started with parking the bus, then in CDR the style was upgraded a bit in high pressure in the mid, it wasn't parking the bus honestly since Barcelona did manage to get great chances, then that famous semi-finals where the game was so boring from both sides with ugly stuff happening with barc defending with possesion and rm defending with positions, then supercopa was the turning point, it was the game where madrid were better than barc in, BUT yet again lost due a)Messi was the key factor b) wasted chances. Last saturday clasico was a sequel for Supercopa where Madrid in first half owned 45% of possesion something they failed again again there was only 5% different with more shots on target, yet again wasted chances and the rest history.

            • Sarah, Madrid says:

              I get the Mourinho "character" crticizm, he earned *although he improved big time*, but tactics wise, he did wonders with Madrid, example: Look at Benzema, who was voted best frensh footballer for 2011, that's says alot with him giving all credit to Mourinho.
              I do believe that, these 2 clubs when they focuse on football, do produce incredible stuff. I do believe camp nou will a very important even will be liga title factor.

              ((Btw sorry for the long comment :) ))

          • Laurean says:

            You know, part of me wishes they would jut play some friendlies together before their match in April. I don't know how friendly they would turn out, but gosh when those teams play together it really is a sight to see. I think that it's a shame we only get to see that twice a year (however lately with the CDR, super cup and CL we got to see it much more). But then again, for the sake of la Roja I think maybe they shouldn't meet up as often. I really worry about that team when I see it's players arguing during clasicos!

      • Sarah, Madrid says:

        I forget about Bandwagoners, there is alot of people who is giving Barcelona's fans bad name, over the fact they support anyone who wins, they are the same fans who is supporting city now!!
        I personally attached with Madrid since I was kid, the moment I seen Raul in white shirt and my love for this club is just growing :)

      • Laurean says:

        unfortunately, I think a lot of th Barca fans I have met are bandwagoners, which causes there to be a stigma against the whole group. But It is refreshing to come on this site and see comments from people like you who have always been with them :) I completely agree with you, I wish other teams would start challenging Barca. I have seen Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao come out with a point from Barca and it makes me have hope that the league might not be a two horse race. Its nice to see you team challenged! As much as I would prefer Iker not to let in any goals, I still enjoy seeing him make amazing saves! Same with Victor Valdez; as much as I want to see him let in goals, I'm still amazed at his talent, plus the fact that he has Puyol, Pique and Alvez with him doesn't hurt either lol

  11. Laurean says:

    I have been looking around this site for a few months now, and I really like reading the feedback that you leave, so I want your opinon on this. I don't know anyone other than my best friend (who is on the Barca bandwaggon, therefore I can't talk about tactics or anything like that) so it would be nice to hear your thoughts. I don't know about you ladies, but this season has caused me to be both reassured and confused. On one hand, it shows how much our team has improved and our form has been strong from the beginning. When we did not play against barca, and even in the first 1/2 hour of the clasico, it showed that we were on their level of excellence whle playing a our different, long range, precise football. But then when they got into their rhythm and passing it made me wonder if our beautiful football will ever beat efficient football. Yes I know that everyone can argue that both teams play efficient, beautiful football .

    • Sarah, Madrid says:

      I quite understand what you mean, I too believe that Mourinho for example has been under alot of harsh criticizm over the formation he started, over the fact he didn't kill Barcelona midfield like he did last season in UCL and CDR, but I disagree, I thought that last season Jose has been criticized alot and called a crowd for playing 3 defensive midfielders in Bernabeu ( I quite understand that approach, I think it was tactically great choice and still is, it was actually unfair criticizm for Jose at that time), now esp after super copa games where Madrid was closer than barcelona to win using the same formation we did on Saturday with Ozil, benz and co, I thought Jose desicion in starting these players was justified with perfomance that generates 15 wins.

    • Sarah, Madrid says:

      This formation worked perfectly for Madrid in the first half, I thought we were the better club in the first half, but we wasted our chances in taking that's where efficieny kicked in, actually it is not about our style not bieng efficient we proved that against Valencia where we scored from 5 chances 3 goals, it is about the mental disability that we had facing Barcelona, as hard as admitting it, but losing as many clasicos recently simply means it is getting in our head, we just think (although we are) we are not up to par with Barcelona, that's what stopped us from winning in Bernabeu last season, not tactics, simply mentality, Barcelona has the upper the hand over us in that department. .

    • Sarah, Madrid says:

      Now as the comparsion between the two styles, I think what's makes these two clubs the best in the world is the fact two are opposite of each other barcelona has been always a club who likes to rely on passing, possesion it been their style since Cruyff introduced total football too, we in the other hand we rely on direct fast football, three touchs football, we don't like to keep the ball in the midfield but we do if we have too we will, our style is not defensively or counter attacking you as you described we play fast exicting football a goal can be scored with 3 touches, we are physical too and ability to pressure is incredible.Both style are efficient in their own way, that's way they are the best attack in liga, ucl and defense too. Now again last game, it was only determined by one thing one thing only mentality, look at barc after conceding their goal, they picked themself up, they were pressured in the first 30 miuntes until they scored, but they were able to turn the table, we in the other hand conceded a lucky goal that just shocked us and we never recovered from. It was a game of physical strenght and they won it

  12. Laurean says:

    I have been looking around this site for a few months now, and I really like reading the feedback that you leave, so I want your opinon on this. I don't know anyone other than my best friend (who is on the Barca bandwaggon, therefore I can't talk about tactics or anything like that) so it would be nice to hear your thoughts. I don't know about you ladies, but this season has caused me to be both reassured and confused. On one hand, it shows how much our team has improved and our form has been strong from the beginning. When we did not play against barca, and even in the first 1/2 hour of the clasico, it showed that we were on their level of excellence whle playing a our different, long range, precise football. But then when they got into their rhythm and passing it made me wonder if our beautiful football will ever beat efficient football. Yes I know that everyone can argue that both teams play efficient, beautiful football

  13. Shelley says:

    Iniesta, Iniesta, Iniesta!!!!! = GOD (that is all) :-)

  14. sarah says:

    RONALDO :(

  15. MADRID20 says:

    HALA MADRID

  16. Lauren_BCN says:

    Manchester United and Barcelona are back on track so ……YEEEAAAAH BUDDY !!! :-) ))

  17. Mrs. Q.Borri says:

    First of all: I'm a PROUD Culé. I love my team no matter what!
    Like I read the time you show your loyalty is when your team lost or are losing. So yes all of my respect to the Real players and fans because you guys did a awsome game.

    But I got say I loved how the Barca played the second half best, the moves where fluid and magical and Iniesta Oh my God Iniesta you are truly gifted! I'm totally speechless!

    At the end of the day, like I said before May the best time win…
    This time it was the Barcelona! Que viva el Barca!!!

  18. Thea says:

    Way to end an amazing and unsurpassable year in Football BARCA!!! Just one to go in Japan!

  19. Marta says:

    Piqué's massive bulge, a.k.a. "El Piquetón" (as shown in the first pic) is beginning to frighten me tbh!

    I'm not complaining though lol. Congrats to my team, they had an amazing 2nd half! And with only 3 deffenders!

  20. RVP is just on fire! I just want to wrap his ankles in bubble wrap every time he steps on the pitch. Actually, why doesn’t he do that – it couldn’t hurt!

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  21. Anna says:

    I don't watch/ hear Clasicos since I injured my neck during one a couple of years ago (long story)
    But I'm delighted with the results and later watch a sum up of higlight so i could see that deadly mistake from Valdes and Piqué in munite 1… embarrasing. Good thing they dominate the match later :D And I laugh with Iker O.o stay lying on the field like he was death after a goal… XD poor him, he was so mad at the end D:

    And the other matches… such a pity Valencia lost, every year the same story -_- but gald Betis finally won after that horrible luck they had they looked cursed.
    Levante rocks if they end the year in Europe position that would be epic xD wish them a good second half season.
    Too bad seeing Villarreal so low ToT horrible start, horrible Champions Leage experience, and now finally a little disappointment for Osasuna who could win Malaga and reach European position (although they should be thankfull for that draw)

  22. Miss Lampard says:

    Bought Fifa 12 yesterday for my i-phone and I played a couple of matches with Chelsea, included the big match, which will be tonight, Chelsea vs Man City and I have always scored with Fernando..it's a sort of consolation, isn't it? Hope to see him do the same tonight. Never say never..Oh, however I've have beaten Man City 2-0 with a double Nando..

  23. Sarah, Madrid says:

    Hala Madrid, all I have to say. Arbeloa said it perfectly, " Haz que les contrariedades te alien ten y las obstaculos te engrandezcan"…….( you encourage the setbacks and obstacles that magnify you)!!

    As my fellow madridistas said before, ahora mas que nunca Hala Madrid!!!!!!

  24. bri_saldana says:

    ¡HALA MADRID! Congratulations to Barca for a beautiful game. Clearly this Barca squad have TONS more experience scoring when it's necessary & against top teams. I feel like the shear experience & midfield class for Barca was the deciding factor here. However, I have always maintained that Madrid are "kicking-at-the-heels" of Barca's dominance and what I'm most proud of is that Madrid are not necessarily mimicking their style. They are creating a style that is full of PRECISION, STRENGTH, & PACE. Last year just about EVERYONE were screaming at the top of their lungs that Madrid are a non-attacking "defensive" team. (note: as an athlete I have always thought that this is a rubbish argument b/c you try to use and win according to the strengths of the team) but CLEARLY this is not the case. Our boys went out and came up short of finishing their opportunities. I have full confidence that this will be thoroughly addressed. JUST IMAGINE KICKETTS THE NEXT MEETING BETWEEN THESE TWO FULL OF GOALS, BEAUTIFUL PASSING, & PHENOMENAL BREATHTAKING COMPETITION!
    Again congrats to Barca, watch your back for clasico part 2!

  25. Natalie says:

    It seems whenever Barcelona is not doing great (they where behind by points and had poor track record when playing their away games) they always get their 2nd wind when playing Real. Seems it means more to them on the whole Catalan level to show that they are better than Real.

  26. Kristina says:

    I'm very happy! I'm very happy that my team showed confidence and courage and didn't loose faith after that dreadful first goal. I'm also very happy that we got to se a good, clean football match, and not a lot of fights and f***ing disgraces.

    There was many wonderful individual performances. Iniesta is beautiful when he dances and floats through the air! And Puyol is such an inspiring captain! What a game he did! And Cesc did good in his new do :) .

    And on the Madrid side Benzema was great, and poor Iker managed some fine saves. Mou took Vilanova's hand, and was in a more pleasant mood than he use to be, in my humble opinion. It was a nice gesture. But what is happening with Cristiano? He looked like a ghost.

    (I'm not gonna dwell on all the pointless and boring fallings to the ground clutching faces. It's so boring)

    Lastly, my man Pep was dressed for success! I love that outfit! I'd much appreciate a camera on him all the time :) .

  27. Gladys says:

    I was happy for the result but, out of respect to Madrid and the way they've been playing this season, there's still another El Clasico to come (not to mention the CL). I know it's no consolation to the Madridistas, but for me it's nice that the La Liga competition is still on. I found the thought of everything being decided by December a little depressing (even if I wasn't quite sure about FCB's chances before Saturday– guess they proved me wrong). Even better: no injuries, no red cards, 11 vs. 11 on the field for 90 mins., and only one odd little scuffle at the end which Valdes, of all people, broke up (geez, the world really has turned upside down!).

    In other La Liga news, but, with all apologies to Valencia…Levante beat Sevilla and is now just 1 point from 3rd!!!! Woo hoo! Go Old Timers! Now all they need are a couple of Winter loans/transfers for a little squad insurance.

    And, lastly, Happy Holidays to all those beautiful ballers who played their final game before break. Go Chelsea! I hope you get a win today for XMas!

    • Sarah, Madrid says:

      Congrats for the win and I am so glad iniesta play for la Roja :) , levante is still proving they are not one time wonder still number 4!!….

      And I can't wait for Juv vs Roma too, sadly both are at the same time.

    • Kristina says:

      lol, I know! Valdes and Mou being peacemakers? Has the world gone crazy? :)

      Even if I have a soft spot for Sevilla I'm also so happy for Levante. You just want them to succeed, you know.

      • Sarah, Madrid says:

        What exactly happen? this part, I actually didn't pay attention *drinking too much*, I was close to laughing like a crazy person, all I seen Valdez running I kept yelling fight fight, then I didn't understand what's actually happened, I thought was imagining him breaking it up * I was a bit crazy near the end of the game*.

        • Kristina says:

          To tell you the truth, I don't know what happened. The Swedish commentators wasn't sure either, but Valdes actually ran forth and pulled Keita (I think. Yes, too much alcohol) away from some brawl. First I thought "Omg Victor, don't wreck the good atmosphere!" but then I saw that he was actually trying to stop a fight. Imagine that?!

          • Gladys says:

            That's hilarious! During these games I'm always thinking…"Oh no, Busi, get up." and "Geez, Victor. Calm down." But there VV was separating everyone. Keita was mad about something but it remains a mystery. Kaka was trying to throw the ball to the ref and accidentally hit Xavi, who really just looked stunned rather than angry (it's Kaka for heaven's sake!). Maybe it had something to do with that, but it seems unlikely. Oh well, at least it was quashed quickly.

          • Sarah, Madrid says:

            So, I wasn't imagining VV being a peacemaker lol.
            No our boys have grown up, I remember in Valencia vs RM game where there was a thing happening between Alonso and Soldado, and RAMOS yes Ramos was the one pulling Soldado calming him down with Pepe's help.
            Maybe le Ramos and VV are learning from guys like iker, iniesta and co lol.

  28. Laurean says:

    So many people go off criticising their team or a player after a loss, but the time a fan should show love for a team is WHEN they lose – THAT is what shows that they are true supporters. I was torn apart during and after the game (I always get the shakes when Madrid plays Barca) but I never stopped believing in them and I loved them even more after, because that's what true supporters do. It hurts to see that the Madridistas have been primed to feel nervous and unsure of themselves when facing Barcelona, but the fans should help to build them up, not knock them down. Let's just hope that Madrid don't psych themselves out when they play Sevilla, so that we can be 3 points ahead again :) Does anyone know whether the team has a Psychologist working with the players? If not, I better take some Spanish lessons, refresh my French and send over my resume :)

    • xoWinnie says:

      i agree. these stupid guys in the pub i was turned to me at the end of the game
      and were like "so who do you like now? huh? i bet you like Barca, we're the best"
      LOLOLOL, um i'm sure you were all over Madrid's d *ck during the first half…
      some people…i don't think they understand the concept of "loyalty".

    • Sarah, Madrid says:

      I have reading some blogs, the funniest shit I read, unbelievable, you can't imagine how much I laughed, they criticized iker for the goals, smfh right smfh!!!

      As Guti said, take a note or two fans, " doubting cristano now like doubting messi after any bad game he has with argentine", thank you!t, we win and lose as a team, iker and Ramos summed it perfectly..

      I have nothing more to say, I already said how I felt in another thread, I am ok with result, we have mentality issues, we will work on it and that's it.

      • Gladys says:

        What Guti said is exactly what I was thinking this morning! I feel bad for Cris…here are all these people who previously argued incessantly how he's the best player in the world (in my opinion, a silly debate in the first place) now calling for his transfer based on one game. Loyalty, people! (Believe me, I fully prepared to be telling myself the same thing had the result been the opposite.)

  29. xoWinnie says:

    i know this was a big weekend in football,
    but i'm not gonna lie, El Clasico was the only match i was really looking forward to
    and it did not disappoint. of course, as a Madridista, it was disheartening to have lost
    however, i didn't think the game was all bad. yes, we looked sloppy and defeated
    during the second half (the defense especially, i could totally understand Iker's
    frustration), but i liked what i saw from my boys during the first half.
    i can sit here and complain about our bad luck, but i won't.
    when it comes down to it, Barcelona switches WAY on when they play Madrid,
    Real stood their ground at first, but they retreated. we have no one to blame but ourselves.
    i liked the relative lack of wank, although one or two players did get on my nerves.
    i was disappointed in Cristiano, but a bad game will not deter my love for him.
    Di Maria reminds me so much of a young Cris it is not even funny.
    talented and brilliant, yet aggravatingly immature. he could have done great things
    had he resolved to stay on his feet rather than flop around all the time.
    Iniesta blew me away, i could not take my eyes off him. we just couldn't keep up with him,
    i wanted to cover my eyes but i couldn't, and i'm glad i didn't, he was a pleasure to watch.
    on Real i was happy to have Benz there. he kept his cool, did his thing,
    he looked like a little clasico veteran :') he stepped up to the plate where Ronnie should have been.
    if Higuain had been subbed in a little earlier, i do believe they would eventually have found the net,
    that's just my take on that. oh, i'm also ashamed to admit how attracted i was to Alexis and Cesc
    on Saturday. like damn…i just couldn't help myself. i must confess my sins to father Mou.

    well that's how i feel about that match. congrats to all my cule friends, we'll see ya next year ;)
    like Sergio's tweet said "ahora mas que nunca, HALA MADRID!"

    • Sarah, Madrid says:

      Benz Benz Benzema , I still can't understand how could Mourinho do this with Benzema, he truly a harry potter isn't he! Who would thought one year agoo that that same Benzema would turn out to be the best calmest most composed player in the clasico, a player who would pressure, defend, be all over the pitch, he was hand down one of the best men on the pitch from both sides, I am glad he made history!!!
      As for angel, he needs to think more with his brain than his legs!! Some of his decisions need some working on!

  30. MadridistaJenn says:

    Well, things didn't fall into place this el clasico for Madridistas, but congrats to Barca's supporters. Although I was gutted by the loss, the game was pretty tame in comparison to some of the others. Hopefully, Mou will rework his strategy and we'll see what happens in part II of el clasico, April 22, 2012. Once again, congrats cules.
    I think Arbeloa put it best for Madridistas after the game: "Ahora mas que nunca HALA MADRID." (Now more than ever Hala Madrid.)

  31. Fernanda says:

    VISCA BARCA!!!!!!!!!!!

    And that's all I've got to say about that :)

  32. NinaNoir says:

    I had the pleasure of watching the Clasico in Finland, with a bunch of loud and lovely spaniards, outside a bar since we didn't fit in. The athmosphere (thanks to the madridistas) was way better than the end result. I'll just focus on the fact that Sergio Ramos' hair is looking better inch by inch.

    On the other hand, Go Teemu Pukki! I'd like to make a pass at Raul, he gets the passes from him. I guess it evens out.

  33. Fatima says:

    cateta bromance awww :P and hope united get back into scoring form and messi got pretty angry…he has a wild side…visca barca!!!

  34. Kat22 says:

    Messi certainly showed his feisty side during El Clasico. :-)