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La Liga Headlines in Madrid

 Posted by on April 9, 2014 at 5:39 pm  The Ball is Flat
Apr 092014

Community of Madrid "By a Miracle": agonizing qualifier by Madrid against an unyielding Dortmund: dreadful performance by Ancelotti's club that only functioned better after Isco and Casemiro came on. An error by Pepe and another by Illarra, the origin of both German goals. The worst Madrid without Cristiano: he watched from the bench like a caged lion. Casillas's decisive interventions in key moments sustained the club. Casemiro: steel and personality stayed the German avalanche in the second half and lent security to the midfield. Atletico Madrid: The Cauldron of Europe: Atletico and Barca will play their match without pity in a packed Calderon. The entire continent is awaiting this collision between the intensity of Atleti and Barca's possession. Response: Real Madrid have real problems at the back (lack of depth and pace) that exposes them against teams like Dortmund. Their midfield is in even worse shape. Alonso is not the same player he was under Mourinho and Illarramendi just hasn't had the playing time. That said, other than Bayern I don't think anyone else has that pace. Barca on the other hand? Not really ready for Diego Simeone's Atleti. It's a coaching matter
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