Its officially 4-4 between Real Madrid and Ajax, yes Real Madrid defeated Ajax by 3-0 at Santiago Bernabeu with Cristiano, Kaka and Benzema writing their name on the score-sheet. Undoubtedly there were three MOM contenders for the tie first being Brazilian magician Kaka, second being Spanish orchestrator Xabi Alonso and third being ever dependable San Iker. So here are few points that caught my eye from my perspective:
Just One Hash-tag #KakaIsBackAndEvenBetter:
This is what popped up on the timeline of Mrs. Kaka’s twitter account and this is what shows what it means to the family. All this because Kaka was just magical against Ajax, going for his speed controller runs, providing the perfect passes, always on the move to support his team mate and weaving a magic throughout the Santiago Bernabeu. Missing almost whole of last season with the serious injury everyone doubted his 60million price-tag and with rumours he might give up his pursuit to perform for the club and look for a new club, he has proved his critics wrong with his performances in past 2-3 weeks which have been nothing less than mesmerizing. The celebration after his left footed bottom right corner goal from outside the box was just so intense especially coming from a guy who is known for his calm and composure on the green turf, it shows what he had to go though to comeback and how strongly he felt for that goal.
He Comes, He Plays & He Goes Back To Come Back Again Tomorrow:
Xabi Alonso is one of those guys on whom the coach can blindly believe to perform consistently throughout the season, we might talk as much as we want about Cristiano, Ozil, Benzema, Higuain or Kaka but in most of the cases if it’s not for Xabi they won’t even come in the picture. And that’s what was the scenario last night also Xabi was ever ready with his array of impeccable passes which lighted up the eyes of the Bernabeu faithful every time the ball was at the Spaniard’s feet. Phil Ball was quoted saying “when they saw an 18 year old 12 years ago at Real Sociedad sending out inch-perfect long balls they knew he is going to be someone big someday” and if it wasn’t for his long ball the second and third goal might not have been possible.
What’s With The Slow Start??:
One worrying factor that I have been seeing in past 2-3 matches that Real Madrid have played has been their slow start to come into their grooves. And it was rightly put by Cristiano after the match against Rayo “we were sleeping at the start but then we woke up”. The effect of this slow start was felt last night also when Boerrigter and de Jong coming close to scoring at the start of the game. These early minutes sleeping habits might get fatal if we play against other big teams of Europe like Bayern, Barcelona or Milan, may be Mourinho would want his players to for one Tequila shot just before the match.
Few Seconds Of Pure Class:
I am not too sure if you guys watched that video on YouTube which showed Ronaldo’s counter-attack goal against Rayo was faster than Usain Bolt 9.58 world record sprint. But the goal last night’s goal on the counter attack was not only fast but was a class-act, spell bounding and treat for the eyes of any football lover around the world. It started in Ajax’s half with a 1to1 between Ronaldo & Kaka, then Ronaldo cutting the ball to Ozil’s feet who slid the ball to the right flank for Benzema to send a grounded ball into Dutch side’s box where Cristiano spanked the ball into Vermeer’s net. It feels just so amazing to write these words which defined that goal which was started by Cristiano and ended by Cristiano.
The Other Things:
- And finally Altintop has won the race to regain fitness against his fellow countrymen Nuri Sahin by making his official debut against Ajax and he was welcomed with a round of warm applause at the Bernabeu.
- San Iker is like that French vine which becomes better with every crossing year. If it wasn’t for Casillas there wouldn’t have been a clean sheet especially because of his amazing save at the start and the end of the match.
- Benzema got Sold-Torres-ified last night he made it up with his second half goal.
- Mourinho shall return to European stage sideline from next Champions League match as his suspension expired after last night’s match. But the question is till when?
I would end the review with comments from man of the moment Kaka:
“I’m enjoying football again. I don’t feel any physical problems any more. I feel magnificently well and I’m sure I will continue to improve. I want to succeed on this team”
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Goal Highlight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiHn6uPlyk4 : Ronaldo’s Goal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTNcuOHYONg Kaka’s Goal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9w1DHroMig8 Benzema’s Goal
Blunder: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1e-SAnkKcg Benzema Blubder