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Real Madrid and Manchester City the current league champions in their respective countries having had a shaky start to the season, played against each other in their first Champion League match. The bets were on the English squad, but at the end it was Real Madrid the one that prevailed, winning (3-2)
All goals were scored 21 minutes from the end. Basically, Real Madrid dominated the match but Manchester City scored first, thanks to Edin Dzeko (68´). The goal proved to be the best motivator for “Los Blancos” who started to attack aggressively. They suffered but shortly after Dzeko´s goal, Marcelo (76´) scored the equalizer.
En el minuto 85, Aleksandar Kolarov marcó el segundo del City. Los ingleses apenas saborearon algunos minutos de victoria, debido al fantástico contraataque que realizaron los de Mourinho y que culminó con el gol de Benzema (87’).
But the one that put an end to the match was Cristiano Ronaldo, scoring the winner goal in the 90th minute. It was a very emotive moment for Real Madrid, not only because they had just won against Manchester City, and their first Champions match, but because its star player reconciled with his fans after a much talked comment the Portuguese made about being sad.
At the end both teams pleased their fans, because they played a spectacular match, putting on a great show on the field, but… Will they keep this attitude in their respective leagues?
Chief Executive League Manager´s Association Richard Bevan says that Chelsea´s owner decision to sack Andre Villas-Boas is an embarrassment to the Premier League.
In nine years Chelsea´s owner Roman Abramovich has hired, and fired, eight managers, with Villas-Boas being the last of the saga.
According to Bevan “What´s for sure is the club, despite unlimited wealth, haven´t yet worked out how to build a successful football club”
On the other hand, Villas-Boas claims that he was not given enough time to connect with the players and to take his plan into the next level.
And now the question is… who will replace the Portuguese?
Roberti Di Matteo second in command up until now will be in charge of the team; at least until the end of the season, but the speculation dance has already begun. The two names that sound the most are right now the top rated managers in the world, playing in the same League: Real Madrid´s Mourinho and FC Barcelona´s Pep Guardiola. The first one has already made clear that he wants to return to the Premier, and Guardiola has not renew his contract with FC Barcelona yet, in fact, is taking him longer than ever to decide over his future in the club.
Who, at the end, will have the courage to become the ninth manager in nine years in a team full of aging players, owned by a capricious multimillionaire difficult to please?
Things did not look good for Real Madrid fans when Mourinho announced his final line-up to take over FC Barcelona in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarter finals. The list included Carvalho and Altintop .
But, still, in the 11th minute, thanks to a great assist from Karim Benzema, and the always appreciated help from Pinto (Barça´s eternal question-mark goalkeeper in the Copa del Rey competition), Cristiano Ronaldo scored and for a moment it looked like the conservative tactic planned by Mourinho was going to be successful.
Time only proved that Ronaldo´s goal was just good luck, and when Barcelona started to play the way they always do, Madrid started to shake.
Let´s just say that Barcelona did not crushed Real Madrid thanks to Iker Casillas and the posts. Instead, Barcelona scored in a very unusual way that only emphasizes that the whole team was really connected and concentrated on the work at hand. In the 49th minute Puyol shoot a powerful header after a corner kick. This goal, this way, really took Madrid players by surprise. So did the one by Abidal, who scored the coolest goal in the 77th minute after a wonderful play and assist by Messi.
And the Argentinean was, unintentionally so, one of the main characters in the bad play starring the overly aggressive Madrid defender Pepe, who showed us once again that something terrible in going on in his brain. The Portuguese stepped on Messi´s hand voluntarily, when the Argentinean was getting on his feet after falling down. Still, he saw no red card.
What did Mourinho said after the match? “I haven’t seen it, but obviously if it is deliberate he will be punished,”
And Pep Guardiola… well, he was extremely happy, politely saying that he did not see the aggression thanking instead all the players for their wonderful job and even taking the time to single out Alexis: “I want to especially thank Alexis [Sanchez],” He has played a fantastic game. He has stolen my heart”.
This result leaves Barcelona a comfortable leeway to prepare for second leg taking place next Wednesday at Camp Nou.
Things are heating up just 8 days before the greatest match of the season: El Clásico between FC Barcelona & Real Madrid next December 10th.
One of the brightest stars of Barça´s squad, Andrés Iniesta, said to reporters that even though Madrid is ahead by 6 points, he believes that they can still win the Spanish League. According to him, they first have to win on December 10th at Santiago Bernabeu, a difficult feat, but not an impossible one for Mr. Iniesta. Some had speculated about the idea that Barça will, on this occasion, be more cautious, an insinuation that Iniesta denies by assuring that their strategy will be offensive, like always, and that they are not changing their attacking approach.
On the other side, that is, in Madrid, tickets for the match are scarce and their prize is soaring. Meanwhile one of Madrid´s players Karim Benzemà said that they are more than ready for the challenge and eager to play against Barcelona. He believes that he´ll be at the start of the match because according to him Mourinho has shown his trust on him.
But before December 10th there is another round of matches this weekend. Barcelona will play against the revelation team of the season: Levante, and Madrid will visit Sporting de Gijón, and even though they will have to focus on these matches, for sure the attention to the Clasico will only increase in days to come.