The last time Real Madrid stepped into Stade de Gerland, they gave up three goals within 31 minutes to Olympique
It’s almost as if Real Madrid are performing some sort of penance for their previous galactico boasts. In a cruel twist of irony, one of their current superstar acquisitions, World Cup-winning center-back Fabio Cannavaro, had perhaps the worst game of his professional career. His blunders, while not entirely to blame for the loss, were emblematic of Real Madrid’s ups and downs.
Coming off of a 4-1 victory over Levante, where Ruud van Nistelrooy began his La Liga scoring campaign with a hat trick, the Spanish giants were keen to end their streak of getting knocked out in the first round. Lyon, who have made it to the final eight in the last three seasons, saw their departed midfielder Mahamadou Diarra starting across from them in a Real kit.
And it was the Fred who dealt the first blow for
The second goal came in the 31st, when Sydney Govou sent a clever through ball for Tiago to poke in past Iker Casillas.
Casillas was tested throughout the game, with
With Ruud van Nistelrooy starting ahead of Antonio Cassano and Raul, the
The minor bright spot came after the half, when
It is sad that Real Madrid can’t seem to catch a break. No matter how you feel about the club, its past presidencies, and any perceived arrogance, it’s a shame to see such a giant of football struggle to find its feet. What once was an overly-hyped but exciting squad is now an ageing, clique-ish team, epitomized by creaky Beckham and Raul and fat Ronaldo. As AC says, why is Robinho sitting on the bench until the 69th minute? I haven’t seen Raul do anything spectacular in years, and Robinho’s got a chance the minute he touches the ball.
As with Arsenal, we’re looking at another team in transition. In a game that becomes increasingly tighter and games more meaningful, given the various tournaments and cup competitions, both clubs are far from the days of dominance, especially in their domestic leagues. At least it’s shown that the
Beckham powerless [Times Online]