Following the Spanish league, like all the others, I can’t hide a certain excitement about the possible outcome. The two super clubs, Real Madrid and “Barca”, feeding the excitement week by week. It seems that major changes in the table are only possible when the two play against each other. On first sight, that doesn’t sound very interesting.
Well, it is more interesting than it seems, especially when you watch them playing. You watch one playing, and winning, then you watch how the other one is trying to catch up. This, if you have soccer in your blood, is excitement pure, at least as long as it is happening like this weekend when Real followed the Barca win with a win against Villareal. Barca is winning the game on Saturday 4:0 and Real follows with a 4:2 win a day later. If you wonder who will run out of gas first, or who will eventually win the titel, those results (just the results) could give you an indication. While Barca in the most cases delivers a clear gameflow, the flow in Real’s game isn’t that fluent. Real’s problem is clearly in defense. That is not only visible since the game in Barecelona a few weeks back, but was also visible in the Villareal match.
As of yesterday, Real has only one solid defender, Carvalho. The other solid one, Pepe, is out injured. While Sergio Ramos and Marcello do a lot for the offensive part of the game, they are weak points in defense when the going gets though. Barca clearly took the two to the cleaners and with them the entire team of Real. Problems on both positions were visible in the Villareal game again. “The special one” works hard to find solutions for the problems, however, it appears there is no solution without losing creativity in the offensive game. Marcello does very well in the forward move, coming from behind and using the creativity in Real’s midfield. If you take him off the field, you lose that strength. If you take someone else from the offensive department off the field in order to secure Marcello’s position, you lose forward power as well. For the moment, Mourinho’s best bet is to use the two “6er’s”, Khedira and Alonso and let them support the two problem cases. Until April, when the two giants meet each other again, this might just be good enough. Then, “in the game of the games” we will see how it turns out. Let’s all hope Real can keep up with Barca, so that we have a real cracker coming up.