CALMA, CALMA, CALMA!!
The keys to the game in Dortmund: Let’s focus just on the first leg. Dortmund has shown to be the strongest side of the final four at home. Their fans are simply fantastic. It is important for the players not to get lost in the environment that they will have ready for us. Mesut is said to be targeted by the fans for some political reasons. We know that Real Madrid without Mesut just isn’t Real Madrid. Luckily, Real Madrid just played a game in Turkey against Galatasaray. Their fans made it a living hell and their goals came after mistakes from a player who had otherwise been perfect in every single one of the games played. Perhaps his inexperience and the environment played him a bad one. But mistakes are to be learned from and having just played in Turkey will definitely be beneficial for Real Madrid who will encounter a similar stadium in Germany.
Just like Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund’s defense is weaker than their attack. This by all means does not mean their defense is weaker, just not as solid as their attack. They score about 2.15 goals for every goal they concede and most of the goals conceded come after they score. Their weakness comes about knowing how to protect the lead. They often play the offside trap which will be interesting to see as Real Madrid has some players (cough, Pipita) who just love playing to the limit. One mistake playing the offside trap may mean a scoring opportunity for Pipita or Benzema.
Real Madrid’s weakness also comes from the defensive part. When looking back at Dortmund’s goals against Real Madrid in group stage, all of them were preventable. They came from individual mistakes which their deadly strikers did not waste. Both times Real Madrid face Dortmund Ramos-Varane-Pepe played while the fourth defender was first Arbeloa and then Essy. Because of Arbeloa and Essien are both out the expected line is Ramos-Varane-Pepe-Coentrão. Also, Diego Lopez will be the goalkeeper this time around. His height will be beneficial for defending set pieces. Many people don’t feel confident with Ramos defending the right side however, as he said in an interview a week ago, he has 7 years of experience playing on the wing before Mourinho switched him to CB. I am confident in this defense. Ever since Marcelo’s first injury, Fábio has been outstanding. The same can be said about Diego Lopez, ever since his arrival, he has saved our asses game after game, especially in Champions League.
My prediction: Dortmund 1-2 Real Madrid (Ronaldo,
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This week, as Mourinho’s pick Casemiro made his debut, many fans were angry over his inclusion on the team instead of Alex Fernandez. This is valid, everyone thinks someone deserves something and everyone likes a player better than another. However, it is invalid to attempt to show your support by insulting the benefited player. This ticked me off mostly because no one really put thought into why Casemiro was called up by Mourinho despite the reasons being clear. The kid is on trial at Real Madrid as per Mourinho’s request. It is logical for Mourinho to want to see him and therefore give him play time to see if he will sign him or send him back to Sao Paulo at the end of the season. Furthermore, considering Casemiro plays no key role in Castilla, why not use him, give Khedira and Xabi rest, while not damaging Castilla who had a key game that weekend. To me, it makes sense.
Showing support by insulting someone does no favour to the one you’re trying to support.
Why do I bring this up? The next picture will speak for itself
Someone vandalized the sign for the “Avenida Iker Casillas”. Truly idiotic. Casillas may not currently be at his best but he has been the one under those three posts for about three years. Yes, Diego has been outstanding but he is not there to be “the next Casillas”, he is there to be himself. Vandalizing that sign does not do Diego any favours and it is extremely rude to Casillas.
Sad that these two things have happened on Twitter and on the streets on the same week that Floren has asked for unity.
We will all win la décima or we will all lose it. Together we stand.