Real Madrid were earlier today paired with Manchester United in the knockout stages of UEFA Champions League which as Florentino Perez and Emilio Butragueno said, won’t be easy. Most Madridistas (including myself) are happy to avoid the likes of Bayern Munich and Juventus. However, things domestically don’t look all rosy.
In La Liga, Real are 13 points behind Barcelona and the morale isn’t the greatest. We’ve lost three games in the league and drawn three games already while Barcelona have gone all guns blazing having dropped just two points in sixteen games so far (in the 2-2 draw against us at Camp Nou). Atletico Madrid have also been doing well to have a slender four point lead over us.
Over in the Copa del Rey, we managed comfortably against Alcoyano but we lost in the first leg against Celta Vigo (2-1) at Balaidos Stadium in Vigo. This means we would need our full strength side if we are to overcome them in the second leg and go ahead in the competition. With the bulk of the fixtures and a lot of pressure coming after the Christmas break, where should our focus be? Which competition should we focus on? If I were you, I would keep an eye out on the sports betting action here to put my money in the right place, at the right time.
Certainly La Decima and UEFA Champions League would have the utmost attention and wish for the coaching staff and the players but should we give up on La Liga and put our energy towards one (or maybe Copa del Rey as well) competition? This would allow us to not be burnt out when facing Manchester United and teams from there on. Interestingly, or unfortunately, we face Barcelona in La Liga on 3 March (as it stands) and Manchester United at Old Trafford in the return leg on 5 March.
As far as automatic qualification for next year’s competition is concerned, I do see ourselves edging Atletico Madrid at some point and finishing second in the table as the season progresses. Thus ensuring a safety cushion for next year.
It is not a good trait for a Madridista to give up before it is mathematically impossible (and having to do the guard of honour if it happens before facing Barcelona) but in the interest of practicality and to have best chances of landing La Decima, choices would have to be made and strong decisions of the sort would be needed.
Do you think we should give up on La Liga and focus on other two competitions?