Thursday, August 28, 2008

Looking at the Bright Side

We've embarrassed ourselves terribly in the transfer market: No more Villa, no more Cazorla, no more Capel. We have been so embarrassed that we've now gone to looking at Joaquin. Thank God this hasn't been played up so much yet, coz if they do and we don't get him for a GOOD PRICE, I think I will really vomit blood!
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Thankfully, we were treated last night to a wonderful opportunity to look at the situation from a 'glass half full' perspective: our 5-3 victory over Sporting Lisbon. Yes, yes, yes... Sporting fielded a team of second stringers and they laid off Guti which allowed him to control the reins of the offense really well. Gago brought his silky passing moves back from the Olympics too!
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Higuain put in a man of the match performance with his 2 fabulously finished goals: including a spectacular second goal curled with his left boot. Has he now finally found his shooting boots? I think he played the entire match last night because I remember him playing down the right wing too, trying some stepovers. His performance last night seems indicative that he will displace Raul from the starting XI soon enough. If Raul, who, except for his penalty last night, was poor, manages to replicate his form last season and RVN has an injury-free season, an in-form Higuain would be the third scorer off the bench that RM would need. He scored 9 goals last season, with his scoring boots on (let's not forget that he got himself in a goal-scoring streak late last season), I doubt it's too much to think that 15 goals a season would be possible. Robinho scored 14 last season by the way.
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What's more, there's Rafa Van Der Vaart who's showing clear signs that he's integrating with the team already. That guy can score goals too. He was good was also good last night by the way.
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The thing that gives me great optimism, as I'm sure is happening to all of Madridisimo, is Robben's stellar form. This offseason, he's been great: tearing up opposing defenses from the flanks. His pace and dribbling is awesome, he's been assisting a lot of goals and he's been able to get on the scoresheet too. On the left, he can penetrate defenses and cross (last night we found that he can drift to the middle to shoot and score too), while on the right he can run diagonally to shoot with his left or use his pace to get around his man for a neat cross. If he can manage to miraculously stay healthy this season and maintain this form, then we won't be missing Robinho. BUT... all of Madridisimo like myself however, look at him with huge doses of cautious optimism: after all he is the glass man.
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Other points of note as well was Dela Red's fine performance off the bench in the 2nd half which bring me to feel that he's not going to be a repeat of Roberto Soldado. Metzelder also played decently in the first half and Cannavaro's finally getting playing time after his injury prior to the Euros.
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Robinho might be leaving, and Villa, Cazorla and Capel might not be coming, but maybe, just maybe, God-willing, we'll be alright.

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