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*Sigh*

First things first:
[livejournal.com profile] greenpixiehair, congrats. :). I'll never agree anyone should see Ozil cry, but Barca was by far the better team today, and y'all deserved the win. Messi was good, and bb Bojan played well for the bit he was in, from what I saw :). Oh, and Puyol was quite classy after the match, so props to your skipper.


1. To get it out of the way, yes, I hope this is a huge wake up call for the team; having faced a bunch of not so good teams, I guess it was inevitable that we would get at least a little complacent, and hopefully this will be the bucket of cold water we need that will get us back in gear, hungry not just to win, but to play well and to win emphatically. And, hopefully, repay Barca back in kind in April :).

However, that does not excuse the fact that:

2. This was a horrible, horrible game, and I am disappointed. Not just that we lost; that's just something that happens sometimes, even to the best, but playing like you chased down a box of Benadryl with a screwdriver is not something that just happens, it's something that you do when you get complacent from winning against a bunch of lower-level teams, and it's not acceptable when world-class players show up at the pitch and just forget to clock in. I'm disappointed in the team right now, not because they lost but because they didn't even bother fighting - except Ronaldo and Marcelo (whoops, and Pepe too), and man, my heart just breaks for them. I know we had to lose sooner or later, but this is just not how I'd pictured it going down, and against Barcelona...:(.

However:

3. To quote from a comment I made last night:
Seriously, though, I had no idea just how much I was going to love this club - I'm not going to say I *love* them more than Tigres or Liverpool, because those mean a lot to me, and I'm not more loyal to them (hell, Tigres has been my club for life, and they've never really won a damned thing besides interliga, and that barely), but I don't know that the other two inspire so much - passion? IDK. It's just love and passion and the sense that I've lucked into finding something really wonderful and amazing and right with them. Umm. And I feel kind of odd saying that, because I'm a complete noob and everything, and I usually like to know more about a team and their history before I declare my undying loyalty for them, but THIS TEAM IS AWESOME AND I LOVE THEM.

Still relevant.

I try not to emo about it as much as I used to, but y'all know my life is kind of stressful atm - has been for the last year, though it's slowly getting better, and it's difficult to deal with sometimes. But getting up every weekend- coming home from work every Wednesday- and having the privilege of watching this team go out and try to give the most beautiful play of the most beautiful game has really been amazing. It started out as just escapism, but it quickly turned into something more.

I could say much the same thing about LFC and Tigres (my two little engines that couldn't quite, at least not yet, but never have given up), but Real Madrid has been something really special the last couple of months. It's been learning to know the players, why they want to win-why they want to play, and coming to respect and each and every one of them for their passion and their dedication to the game, if nothing else; it's been learning to know Mourinho, watching how he always takes the brunt of the press and works so hard at shaping these men and boys into this amazing team, and coming to admire him, even with his arrogance and his show-off antics; it's been learning to know the other fans, and loving them, their enthusiasm, and their helpfulness and friendliness to n00bs like me. It's been amazing, and I'm so happy I've gotten the chance, and I owe this club my gratitude for it. I haven't been a fan for long, but I hope to be one for the rest of my life.

So I'm not happy with this game, not at all. I'm not happy with how we played, and I'm not happy with how we handled the stress of the game. But I'll wear my kit to class tomorrow and be proud to do so, even if I get shit from the Barca fans at my uni, because this is just one game, just one loss, and we're going to do better next time.

And if we lose next time? I'll wear my kit again, and happily. Win or lose, they're my club for good.


In short?

¡HALA MADRID!

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Date: 2010-11-30 02:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greenpixiehair.livejournal.com

You are a darling, classy person. And I never really meant it, about Ozil, I hope he didn't cry. I would give him hugs if he did. You guys had some possession issues but I totally thought Ronaldo was courageous and kept trying too, kudos to him, and Pepe as well, actually. I mean, this RM team hasn't being playing together very long. When it comes to that quick passing in the midfield... some of those Barca players have been playing together since they were like 16. Also Mourinho was all class after. Well done him.

I can't even be annoyed at Ramos (but my god towards the end I just wanted Messi off that pitch, no matter how happy he and Xavi made me today, while he still had some bones left). Is the Puyol being classy thing about him saying no hard feelings?

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Date: 2010-11-30 02:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] schweinsty.livejournal.com
Aww, I know you didn't mean it any more than I did for Bojan - I was just teasing :D. Much as I would *like* all of you Barca fans to be ogres so I could vent at you, I'm sure you'd say the same if Barca had lost.

Oh, and speaking of hugs...

I am very proud of Ronaldo, Pepe, and Marcelo, generally, I just wish it had all worked better. :P. And Mourinho's post-match interview made me so proud. I'm sure we'll come back swinging next Saturday :) - and you are definitely right about us still being new as a team. Heck, so many of the players haven't been there more than a year or two, and of today's players, Ozil, Khedira, Carvalho, and Di Maria are all brand new. I think, once we snap back from this and get back on track, we'll be stronger and, hopefully, on the road towards being a more cohesive team.

Personally, I can *understand* Sergio's anger - tbh, I think it was more at himself than anything - and I don't think it's the worst thing in the UNIVERSE! as my comms seemed to think, but it was still unsportsmanlike. I'm not horribly upset at him, but I wish he'd held out until he'd reached the privacy of the RM dressing room. :|.

And Puyol - I saw it in Spanish, but I lost the link - when asked about Sergio, said that what happens on the pitch should stay on the pitch. That, coupled w/ how he acted during the Figo/pig's head debacle...well, I'm not going to go buy his jersey, but he's an okay dude :).

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Date: 2010-11-30 03:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greenpixiehair.livejournal.com

JFC XAVI YOU GLORIOUS MAD-EYED HOBBIT-GOD JUST GIVE BAMBI HIS DAMN HUG. NO ONE CAN RESIST IT'S OK JUST DO IT.

Mourinho has always said the team is a work in progress, and he's upfront about that so maybe this will, in some way, help force people together? Fire-forged on pitch alliances, etc? And like you said, there are some RM players who can really walk away proud of themselves from this game, even if they don't feel it right now.

Ohhh Sergio. The thing is I am very fond of him, I think he's a hot tempered sweetheart, so when he fouled MY BABY (I am irrational and hysterical when it comes to some players, sorry), pushed Puyol to the ground and slapped Xavi, I was kind of incredulous in a "WHY YOU TRYING TO MAKE ME ANGRY AT YOU ;_;" kinda way. But to my own surprise all I felt was mildly disappointed. I'm sure they'll all work it out, no hate. Although I have a tiny bit of hate for Carvalho after this game which no doubt I will get over eventually

I want to see how they portray all this in crackovia. Especially since the same actor plays Puyol and Sergio.

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