La Liga BBVA, Matchday 14
Real Madrid (4th, 26pts) vs Sevilla (5th, 24pts)
Sunday, 7 December 2008, 2100 CET
Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
Real Madrid were 6 points behind Barcelona on Friday. Barcelona were due to play on Saturday against Valencia and Real Madrid (ofcourse) on Sunday. So the result of Barcelona vs Valcencia game mattered alot.
Bad news, Barcelona thumped Valencia 4-0 at Camp Now. Theirry Henry scored a hattrick. I saw his goals. Apart from the first goal , all were pretty average and were purely team goals and thdat is the thing that worries me the most. Team goals are more dangerous than individual goals.
3 were scored by Henry and the other one was scored by Daniel Alves (a right back). Which is even more bad news. Why I am telling you all this?
Well. That’s because next week (after the Sevilla game) we will face Barcelona at Camp nou (away from home which is always a struggle for Real Madrid, no matter which opponent we face).
Anyway, this is not a Barcelona vs Real Madrid Preview, this is Real Madrid vs Sevilla Preview and the first thing you should notice in that headline is that, this game will be played at the home of Real Madrid. Hurrah. So the home advantage will be with us instead of Sevilla.
Real Madrid should be able to get that added benefit of playing infront of home crowd.
So Barcelona’s victory means that Real Madrid are now 9 points behind the league leaders and a win. Yes, a win (not a draw) is a must. As anything less than a win would put Real Madrid 8 or at worst 9 points behind Barcelona.
And considering the opponents of our next 3 games, (Barcelona, Valencia, Villareal) I don’t think Real Madrid will be even near to Barcelona in the League if we loose or draw tonight.
In a worst case scenario, we could be 18 points behind Barcelona when the new year starts and I think that can happen if we don’t win against Sevilla tonight.
Real Madrid lost to the humble Getafe last weekend and Barcelona thrashed (surprise surprise) Sevilaa 0-3 at their own backyard. That, to me, says it all. Sevilla getting thrashed at home? when was the last time Real Madrid did that Sevilla?
Having said that. Real Madrid do have the tendancy to play better in games against big teams. Teams that do not come out against Real Madrid to get a draw. Teams that try to win against Real Madrid, most of the time end up in the wrong position.
Real Madrid in previous games (against minows) had more to loose than to gain. In the next few games it will be the exact opposite and sometimes, when you go into a match with that attitude, it can bring loads of reward.
The critics have been a bit quite in the past week (apart from the criticism on Real Madrid’s youth system) because of the signing of Klaas Jan Huntelaar. He will be able to play for us in 2009. I will discuss him in some other post. Right now, lets concentrate on Sevilla and their match against Real Madrid.
The team who looses this match, will have it’s title hopes severlydented.So I think it is going to be a tight game as none of the two can afford to drop points in this game.
Nov 29 Getafe 3-1 Real Madrid (LA LIGA)
Nov 25 BATE Borisov 0-1 Real Madrid (CHAMPIONS LEAGUE)
Nov 22 Real Madrid 1-0 Recreativo Huelva (LA LIGA)
Nov 15 Real Valladolid 1-0 Real Madrid (LA LIGA)
Nov 11 Real Madrid 4-3 Real Unión (COPA DEL REY)
Dec 03 Sevilla 3-0 FK Partizan (UEFA CUP)
Nov 29 Sevilla 0-3 Barcelona (LA LIGA)
Nov 22 Sevilla 0-0 Valencia (LA LIGA)
Nov 16 Getafe 0-2 Sevilla (LA LIGA)
Nov 13 Sevilla 4-0 SD Ponferradina (COPA DEL REY)
Real Madrid Team News
Fabio Cannavaro, Gonzalo Higuaín and Arjen Robben have all recovered from their respective ailments as they resumed training and I think, are ready to play in this match (well, atleast Schuster things so)
Wesley Sneijder, still nursing thigh muscle injury he picked up last weekend at Getafe, has also returned to the pitch for light exercises but he won’t be expected to be match-fit for another two weeks.
Pepe and Mahamadou Diarra become the latest to join the long term casualty list. Pepe is out for the rest of the year while Diarra will be sidelined for three months as he undergoes arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.
Gabriel Heinze, Miguel Torres, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Ruben de la Red are the other injury absentees
Good news from Real Madrid point of view is that Sevilla will be missing Fabiano. I hate Luis Fabiano. He sucks but still, somehowmanagestoscoregoals(bytheway,