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Real Madrid 3-0 Sevilla

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Well, shit. That was frustrating. Sevilla could not summon the grit to keep Madrid off the board for even 10 minutes. Mateu Lahoz and Co. did not need to help them at all today, as the home side were running free as a herd of goal-bound gazelles, but goodness he sure did. Say what you will (indeed, say it in the comments!), but this Madrid team is so locked in even without their usual starting 3 that I’m not surprised Sampaoli decided to play some good ol’ duck-n-pluck. After that first half, though, we had so little pluck from which to manufacture an away goal that we reverted mostly to duck. El Mister also elected to reserve our two in-form strikers for the weekend when we visit Anoeta, so Vietto got 0′ and Ben Yedder 8′.

I know many of us were not too bummed to potentially go out of the Copa, and I’m inclined to feel similarly given our form and aspirations in other competitions this year. I would like to think we’ll perform to a higher standard with our people behind us in the next leg and following that in La Liga. We are going to be so sick of playing this team by then!

Vamooooos (a descansar pa’l fin de semana)!!

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  1. We are now being linked to Lucas TORREIRA a DM that plays for Sampdoria in Seria A. A urugyuan that by all accounts is very highly rated with a bright future.

    1. At this point… any new DM would do. Jolazo is right though, we should’ve kept Cristoforo. Not sure how he’s doing at Fiorentina lately, but they have an obligatory purchasing option I think… so we can’t get him back.

      Don’t know anything about this Torreira guy… but pretty sure he is better than Kranevitter. Due to the way they play in Serie A, the starting DM’s there are quite tough. They also run a lot, so Torreira might be a good choice indeed.

  2. Nasri could be banned for up to four years if found guilty. Of course this is highly unlikely and is a maximum penalty.

    Surely he can’t be that stupid?

    1. That would be quite shocking. But perhaps this is just a distraction by RM… similar to the tax cases of Barca players etc. They have a strong asset which is propaganda… with money you can have anything and a billionaire like Flo Perez is bound to go to the lengths of doing the impossible to have his club in the top of the world.

      RM are trying to be the first club ever to repeat a CL triumph, and they’re clearly going for the treble this season, and why not…. equal Barca’s record of 6 trophies in a year.

      Anyway… if anything happens to Nasri, then part of that would be his fault also…. since he should’ve been wise enough to consult with other people prior to doing such stuff… which would be quite silly if it is true. I highly doubt it though.

  3. N’Zonzi reportedly refused a contract renewal, where the clause would be 50 million euros and he would get double the salary he has now. He will be 100% sold this coming summer, and his mind is already elsewhere so probably not going to give his all for the remaining months at the club. These “already done” deals are harming our players a lot. It reminds me of the year when Navas and Negredo left, yet they knew at least 6 months ahead that they would be leaving, and they admitted that on interviews after their transfer to Man City.

    The club really needs to work on fixing this issue. It will become only harder when (if, but almost certain) Monchi leaves in the summer. We won’t have the ‘magician’ anymore to camouflage stuff, thus we will be needing a different, way better strategy as this will surely not work anymore.

  4. A thread for the match tonight? It would be good to have the match threads a day before the match or at least in the day of the match, not only 15-20 mins before the match.

    The official formation:

    Rico

    Pareja – Rami – Mercado

    Mariano Escudero

    N’Zonzi

    Vazquez Vitolo

    Nasri

    Ben Yedder

    A decent lineup I’d say. The strongest we have actually… and better with a real striker up front in an away match vs. a strong team.

    Hoping for a win, but certainly even a draw would do tonight.

    Meanwhile… we’re linked with a couple of other players like Ricardo Ely and Rodrigo Caio (once again)… but the most interesting rumor is the one of Mamadou Sakho. Sampaoli is reported to have asked for another defender, ideally a versatile one in order to provide cover for Mariano and Escudero. We’re probably going to end up signing Vangioni of Milan, who is a LB and will cover Escudero.. while Mercado can cover Mariano since he can play as RB also.

    VAMOS MI SEVILLA!!! VAMOS CAMPEON!!!

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