(12-11-2011 12:53 AM)fLame Wrote: I mostly agree with Elmago, here are my key points:
1. C.Ronaldo is officially the world's worst big game flop. He was absolutely horrible. Real had time and space for positional attacks in the first half. Kristina managed to fail at almost all dribbles, fail at almost all passes. He didn't create a single threat. Made a bad miss too.
Pato usually gets ripped apart for playing 10x better than Kristina did today. Even Kaka who lacks regular football did more in 20 minutes than Kristina.
2. Ramos. What a class defender he is. Maldini was right that Ramos is his heir. While Pepe and Marcelo run around like headless chickens, Ramos saved their asses time and time again with his sublime positioning and tackles. If I could take any defender in the world to Milan, I would take Ramos.
3. Pepe and Marcelo are not defenders. They were a joke to watch. Horrible positioning. They relied on sliding tackles and raw power to defend and failed more often than not.
4. Looks like Mourinho is screwed. He has build this squad for 2 years, built it around Kristina and it's now obvious he has made a horrible mistake. Kristina will not help Real in big games. What can he do now? Replace the main 90 million star.
I think he can only patch up the holes in attack in defense by building a new squad with new players. But will he be given the chance? No.
5. Real is still a very strong team. They will still be extremely challenging opponents for any team in Europe today. But teams like Bayern, Milan and even other major teams can beat Real on their day.
6. Barca? I seriously don't know how current Milan can beat them. We would need our best squad + reinforcements + a game of our life.
Interesting post especially for someone like me who didn't see the game.
I won't comment specifically on this match, but I wanted to comment about your last point (6). This Real is a great side with a lot of really good players. However, this Real isn't a side built to beat Barca (despite the fact the press wants everyone to believe this).
I say this because they're a team that doesn't have the characteristics to counter Barca. They need tactical discipline, but they have very few players who have any real tactical intelligence. They need to be physically imposing, which barring the odd player like Pepe (who has no discipline anyway), I don't think they have a player that's particularly dominating physically. They also need to constantly press Barca intelligently, which is impossible when the players don't have the tactical intelligence and physicality to do this.
On the other hand, whilst we or Athletic Bilbao are not as a good as Real, both teams can be tactically disciplined and look to press opponents. Barca struggle when faced with certain tactical problems, such as being pressed at the back, which is why Boateng was key for us in both Barca matches (in the first we did well until he went off injured) and teams exploiting their wide areas when their wide men push up, which Real aren't great at doing.
This doesn't mean I think we're better than Real, as I think their other qualities such as their vertical movement and direct pace is a huge problem for us. I simply think we're better equipped to face Barca than Real.
Actually, I'd even go as far as saying I think we have what it takes to neutralise Barca if it wasn't for Messi's individual genius, as he seems unstoppable.