Whereas Chelsea, with the help of extraordinary finances, have grown past them and into the dominant force United once were, I fear a similar thing with Real Madrid these days - do opposing teams really feel the threat of them anymore?
Yes, there will forever be some big names on that teamsheet, but for that there are also gaping holes at the back in a team that's all too concerned and concentrated on who's going forward in their attack.
Many teams now go to Old Trafford and see it as a chance for three points now, inside one of the greatest stadiums of world and European football.
That is until people start calling in their debts........
I feel Madrid get a bad press often. Because they're a huge club, the slightest slip and something like this topic happens. This was created before the match was even over, they went on to win by three goals, and that extends their winning streak to six games, I think. And the thread is called "What's going wrong." Even Barcelona would kill to have six straight wins right now.
I still love you though, Joe.
And I knew you'd somehow find a mistake in my post. I don't think I've ever posted a message containing the words "Real" and "Madrid" not to have them quoted and debated with in some way by you. :-)
> Great players don't make a great team. Teams like Valencia and
> Deportivo have always done just as well as Real Madrid and Barcelona
> in La Liga and in Europe because of great teamwork.
Always? No no no. Real Madrid are the most successful team in the history of the European Cup, remember.
> 3-2 Woking
Woo. Not as good as Cambridge 3-0 against Chester (but I'm biased :D) or Halifax beating Bury 6-1.
The LDV rules.
Yes thjey had a dodgy start, including a dodgy first Champion's League game, but they've been on good form lately. This season, more than any other recent season there were more new arrivals -rather htan spending big on one player they've bought a couple of defensive players as well as the two Brazilians - it was going to take a few games for them to click, and really, they've settled relatively quickly, and gotten away with it because of Barca's equally slow start.
> Real Madrid - what's going wrong
I could ask the same about Nottingham Forest.