There is a lot of disappointment and anger among Real Madrid fans, and I am sure that Carlo Ancelotti and his players took the defeat hard, but there is no reason to dwell on it or keep going on about the refereeing decisions. To be honest, there are plenty of reasons to be positive and look forward, while thinking about the Clasico game could be an unwelcome distraction.
Real Madrid have certainly not gone off the idea of signing the young defensive midfielder Asier Illarramendi, but Florentino Perez is also determined to make the club a lot tougher to deal with in the transfer market, so may decide that Sociedad are not worth dealing with.
Perez thought that an agreement was in place with the Northern Spanish club, but they have changed their tune and are insisting on squeezing every penny out of the deal. Perez has already shown his new ruthlessness in the transfer saga involving Gonzalo Higuain and Arsenal, so Sociedad may soon find that they can keep Illarramendi but lose out on the 30 million euro transfer fee.
Geoffrey Kondogbia has been one of the best young players in the Spanish Primera Liga this season. Real Madrid are just one of the big clubs linked with a possible transfer this summer and the 20-year old Sevilla midfielder has offered plenty of encouragement to officials at the Bernabeu who may be considering signing him.
With Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City all believed to be keen on the French under-20 international, Kondogbia was asked about a possible move from Sevilla this summer and which of the clubs most interested him and he was fairly unequivocal in his reply.
Since he joined Real Madrid from Liverpool in 2009, the Spanish international midfielder Xabi Alonso has been a mainstay at the heart of Madrid’s midfield. He has a fantastic attitude and work rate, along with the ability to make deadly accurate passes anywhere on the pitch as well as controlling the game from his deep lying position. At 31-years old, Alonso has a good few years left in him, but Real Madrid are already on the lookout for a player that might be able to fill his boots.
Jose Mourinho and his Real Madrid players are not expecting any miracles in La Liga. With 15 league games left, Barcelona are 16 points ahead and so Madrid have given up on retaining the title. All of their effort will now be concentrated on the Champions league and the Copa Del Rey.
With the visit of Manchester United to the Bernabeu on Wednesday firmly in mind, Mourinho has not included Xabi Alonso, Varane, Marcelo and Di Maria in the squad. These players are not really injured but have small niggles that Mourinho does not want to risk aggravating.
I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say that Jose Mourinho has had an absolute nightmare with injuries for Real Madrid this season. Since it began last summer, Mourinho has hardly ever been able to select from a full squad and this can be seen in the gap to Barcelona in the Primera Liga. This also means that the Copa Del Rey and the Champions league have taken on an even greater significance than usual for Los Blancos and the special one, because a season without trophies is unacceptable at a club like Real Madrid.
Sergio Ramos has played 333 games for Real Madrid since he joined the Spanish champions from Sevilla in 2005. The 26-year old had come through the youth system at the Andalucian club and was so impressive in his first season, he was signed by the club president Florentino Perez. Ramos feels at home at the Bernabeu and has enjoyed great success since his move, and he hopes that he can remain there for the rest of his playing career.
“Hopefully, I can retire at Real Madrid.
Jose Mourinho had given his players a public dressing down after Saturday’s defeat by Sevilla and after thir loss to Getafe in the second La Liga game. He had stated that the players had not performed and that their focus and determination was not nearly the same as last season.
“At the break I changed two players but I wanted to change seven.
“There are very few heads at the minute who are committed and concentrated.
“I am worried that, in this moment, I don’t have a team.”
The loan signing from Chelsea, Michael Essien, could be handed his first start in a Real Madrid shirt tomorrow, as Jose Mourinho takes his team to Sevilla determined not to drop any points in La Liga. Already five points behind Barcelona after a wobbly start, Madrid will need to be on form to overcome Sevilla at the Sanchez Pizjuan stadium.
Sergio Ramos knows that Sevilla will provide a stern test on their home turf, having come through the ranks at the Andalucian club before moving to Madrid in 2005. The defender will not be going easy old club and will give his all to get the title race back on track, hoping also that Getafe can take some points off Barcelona.
Ronaldo scored a great opener against Sevilla and Benzema followed with a brace as Madrid won 3-0. Real now have 112 la liga goals and 165 in all competitions. They have already brokenn the record for both at 107 and 158 respectively. There is every chance that they will set new records that could last a very long time.
Christiano Ronaldo moved his league tally onto 43. Madrid have not completely relied on him, however, with Higuain on 21 and Benzema on 20. Ronaldo is tied in the race for the Pichichi with Leo Messi after the Argentinian scored twice against Rayo Vallecano.