Real Madrid 7-1 Sporting Gijon
Real Madrid have literally demolished Sporting Gijon as they scored seven goals to thrill everyone at the Bernabeu.
The star of the match was undeniably Rafael Van Der Vaart who scored a brilliant hat-trick. He also played an important role in most of the other goals.
Captain Rau’l scored two goals while Higuan and Robben scored one each.
Bernd Schuster started with Casillas in goal, Torres on the right, Pepe and Cannavaro in the center of defense and Marcelo on the left.
The midfield consisted of Diarra and De La Red in the center – Robben and Van Der Vaart on the wings.
Upfront, Schuster started with Rau’l and Higuain as Van Nistelrooy was rested for the Champions League clash against Zenit.
Real stroke from the start. They really seemed into the game and didn’t stop attacking. Although, my prediction of sporting Gjon playing a defensive game with ten men behind the ball was proved wrong as Sporting came out to the field in the first half with an attacking mindset and attacked a lot, for the first 15 minutes it looked like, Sporting had learned from their mistakes last week when they were thrashed by Barcelona 1-6 at home.
But that is something which very few teams do and a team (like Sporting) do come out at the Bernabeu and attack, the result is always like this.
Anyway, De La Red once again looked great in the midfield creating great passes and helping the team to defend. This was probably his best match ever in the white shirt though I think he needs to work on his consistency a bit more as he didn’t take advantage of a lot of opportunities in the second half, made some miss placed passes which killed many attacking moves. So I think he can do better at not being casual, sometimes he looks so disinterested in the game.
I also liked about him was that he had that exceptional vision and fast reaction. In that regard, I think he is better than Gago and even Diarra – way better. Diarra has his own qualities but I am talking about vision here.
As for Van Der Vaart, he was so effective. Not because he scored three goals, but because he showed confidence, brilliance and comittment.
His first goal was a piece of magic. And oh his second – that was a work of art – and of course – De La Red assisted both of them. His second goal was a result of his brilliant thinking, he caught the keeper off guard when he received a pass from the by line into six yard box I think, instead of taking a touch Van Der Vaart backheeled it into the corner of the net, the keeper was left stranded.
As for his third goal, that was pure class as he placed the ball with his left foot into the bottom corner of the net from just outside the area when Higuain layed him with a juicy ball just outside the area, Van Der Vaart took it with so much ease and poise. Looked like Zidane for a moment.
Robben was, as usual, dangerous. He was active throughout the match and played very well. Assisted Higuain who scored his second goal in La Liga (right?), made some shots on target (one resultedin Rau’l’s firstgoal) and exhausted their defenders …. to say the truth he was awesome!.
Higuain also seems like he is finally getting a hang of things and now he is no more a fringe player. I think he is going to carry on the mantle of Raul whenever he decides to hang up his boots at the Bernabeu
The rest of the team played very very well. The defense has dramatically improved after the return of Cannavaro.
Marcelo looked strong and in a good shape. But I think he also needs to improve on his consistency, many a times going forward he gave the ball too easily, he needs to work on his crosses and some pace as well if he wants to emulate Roberto Carlos who is the greatest left back of all time, its not going to be easy but hye, he can atleast try.
Saviola, Javi Garcia and Drenthe came in the second half. The “Rabbit” showed some good skills and could have scored a goal or two. Rau’l should thank him for that nice assist Saviola made in Raul’s second goal though the finish just dimished Saviola’s work in that move, Raul scooped the ball over the keeper while running with the ball and again the keeper was left stranded.
Overall a good performance but I think we should not get too excited with this as Sporting Gijon is not a standard La Liga team, they have just been promoted, it’s their first season in the big league for 10 years. Some of the goals they gave away were real naive.
The thing is, you cannot attack Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, no team does that, not Barcelona, certainly not Manchester United, noone. The one who does, well….. Youjustreadwhathappened tothatteam.