What’s a bigger embarrassment? Real
The answer? Both are equally disgraceful.
After all the positive talk, build-up and hype about an epic ‘remontada’, Madrid fizzled off tamely in the Bernabeu nightsky as they only managed an anti-climatic 1-0 win over their third division rivals in the second leg of the Copa del Rey fourth round tie, despite having Kaka, Gonzalo Higuain and Ruud van Nistelrooy, just to name a few, on the field.
Granted, they hit the woodwork three times – although on one occasion the whistle had already gone – and Alcorcon goalkeeper, Juanma did superbly to frustrate the ‘Men In White’ time and again, but it’s difficult to grasp how a side with all the talent that Madrid boast have to toil so hard just to score one measly goal against a team two divisions down.
The slender victory did nothing to extinguish the utter embarrassment from the first leg. If anything, it further highlighted just how far away
And at the moment, Manuel Pellegrini’s charges are lightyears away from the kind of champagne football the likes of Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane, et al exhibited during Perez’s first reign and galaxies away from
Florentino may have said that Madrid do not need to win a trophy this season to avoid a catastrophic campaign, but his demand and appetite for eye-candy football will remain as insatiable as ever. But after sitting uncomfortably for 94 minutes up at the Bernabeu VIP box watching his side labour away as if they were trying to penetrate a Guus Hiddink-trained
As for the humiliation of being bundled out of a cup competition by a third-tier side, let this serve as a lesson for every single Madrid player for the remainder of the season: if you’re selected by your coach and asked to play, regardless of the competition or the opposition, you give your all and then some everytime you are in the white shirt.
Los Blancos now have bigger fish to fry. They still have the little matter of Champions League progression and a tiny game known as ‘El Clasico’ to navigate and dwelling on this elimination will not miraculously put them back into the Copa del Rey.
Perez’s visions of a grand
KS Leong, Goal.com