The match comments thread comes just a bit later than usual due to extra real life responsibilities (ugh, JOBS), but we were blessed this week with the introduction of Alex, and his first post generated a lot of great conversation you should read if you haven’t seen it.
But today we face Real Madrid at the RSP, a match of great difficulty and (as we like to endlessly note around here) relatively little importance in the grand scheme of things. These three points won’t make or break us like the silly points we drop at home and away to lesser teams all season. And of course there’s my long-standing insistence that everyone in La Liga should just send their B teams against the big two in order to help Barca and RM and their fans understand that teams in a league only have value in the context of competition with other teams. And there’s ALSO the annoying knowledge that Barca fans will insult the team or otherwise communicate their unhappiness with us if we don’t win (we get someone saying we play harder against Barca than Mardid EVERY YEAR) or thank us if we win. It’s not a lose-lose, obviously, but there’s no real win-win, either.
But of course we WON’T send our B team, and we’ll try our best to win. To that end, here’s our lineup:
Palop; Cicinho, Spahic, Botía, Navarro; Navas, Maduro, Medel, Rakitic, Trochowski; y Negredo.
And here’s theirs:
Casillas; Arbeloa, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo; Xabi Alonso, Khedira; Di María, Özil, Cristiano; Higuaín.
Will CR7’s sad faced unhappiness outweigh the millions and millions of euros advantage RM brings to this game? Maybe! But probably not!