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Sunday, May 13, 2007

Real Madrid Has A Resurgence Of Team Spirit

Before yesterday's thrilling encounter with Espanyol, Fabio Capello, the much maligned yet respected manager of Real Madrid, said that his side had found team spirit. Since the media hype that surrounded the transfer of David Beckham to the LA Galaxy, along with Capello's firm declaration not to play the Englishman, Real Madrid suffered through a spell of turmoil.

In February, Capello admitted his mistake not to play Beckham. Since then, Real Madrid has been winning some very exciting games. Even if their defense leaves much to be desired. Yesterday, they were 1 x 3 down to Espanyol, courtesy of three first half strikes by Walter Pandiani. But the Merengues didn't lose composure, the fans at the Bernabeu didn't begin to whistle, and Capello made two strategic substitutions for the second half.

In stunning fashion, Real Madrid won the game at the death on a goal by the Argentine, Gonzalo Higuain, 4 x 3. Combined with today's draw between Barcelona and Betis, Real Madris sits alone atop La Liga with four games to go. A few months ago, that might have surprised even their most ardent followers.

"Gustar y golear" as my cousin in Argentina would say. ;-) As my Real Madrid friend, Miguel, has been telling me, never count out the men in the white shirts. Since 1902, very few teams in the world have won more domestic and international honors than Los Merengues.

1 comment:

Merengue said...

As a life long Real Madrid fan I have to say I am very pleased at how the team are coming together. Madrid have only lost once in the last 12 league games and that was under controversial circumstances at Racing. So you can see Madrid are in good form now. The bottom line is they are playing like a team now. It took awhile, longer than many of Madrid fans wanted, and earlier in the season it may not have looked possible but Capello has them playing well collectively and different players are stepping up with match winning performances each week.

It is going to be an exciting finish to the season in Spain with 4 points separating 1st place Real Madrid from 4th place Valencia with only 4 weeks of play remaining. Enjoy this end to the season but I like Madrid's chances to lift the trophy.

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