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Ronaldo Swallows Bitter Pill

Sold for a kings` ransom, Cristiano Ronaldo can only watch on from afar as us, his former club, prepare to take on Barcelona in the Champions League Final on May 28th.

But, following his clubs defeat against that very Barcelona side we are to face at Wembley, the Real Madrid star has some harsh words to say about our opposition.

Indeed it looks as if Cristiano has swallowed one of those `bitter` pills that his boss - Jose Mourinhos wallowed following the first leg when the Portuguese star is quoted as having moaned to the media,

"Next year I think it would be better just to give the European Cup directly to Barcelona."

"I don`t want to believe that there is some kind of 'dark hand` behind this but something is going on. There have been so many things in such a short space of time that it is difficult. Barca have a great team but they have a lot of help behind them."

"It is nothing new, we knew this was going to happen. The name of this game was Mission Impossible IV."

Best not turn up at Wembley then if Ronaldo`s words ring true!

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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday May 5 2011

Time: 5:00PM

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I can understand what Mourinho and Ronnie were trying to say and yes I do agree with them because uptill then the game hardly had any chances and Barca new it,hence they had to resort to their acting skills to get a player sent off which would create enough space for them to cause havoc and they did.At 0-0 this game would have been completely different.
Antriksh (abmtd)
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05/05/2011 17:28:00

The one thing I did not understand was the level of criticism that was dished out towards Mourinho for his tactics.Surely if my memory serves me right we did the same at the Camp Nou when we got the draw and it was just a Scholesy's screamer that was the difference apart from that they had most of the ball and we just defended well.I don't think we or even Chelsheet who played a similar game to ours were criticised for the way we played.If u try to play football against them then it will be like committing suicide,so I guess that was harsh on Mourinho.
Antriksh (abmtd)
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05/05/2011 17:37:00

He's being a sore loser no doubt, so was Mourinho but all the same these aren't hysteria driven claims. To be perfectly honest the records in the Champions League show that when Barca play against eleven men they lose or draw - Barca 1 - Real 1 (should of been 2 for Madrid), Arsenal 2 - 1 Barca, Inter 2 - 0 Barca, Barca 0 - 0 Chelsea (1-0 at home until the sending off). The pressure begins to to get to them and they begin the theatrics, knowing that hindering the opposition by ensuring a red is given will allow them to play their game, stretch and split the outnumbered defense, once again, the history shows. Chelsea 1 - 0 -> sending off -> 1-1 Barca on away goals, Arsenal 2-1 -> sending off -> Barca 4-3 on aggregate, Real 0-0 Barca (interestingly with 11 men it ended 1-1 with nothing short of a robbery of Higuains goal leading to the draw) -> sending off -> Barca 2-0. Now I don't believe that UEFA are ensuring 'Gods gift' Barcelona are behind a massive scandal however I do believe Barca enforce a massive amount of pressure on the ref, there's a weight of expectation that turns 50:50 to 100:0 and thus the constant dubious decisions in their favour that wrecks other teams dreams.
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05/05/2011 20:03:00

Antriksh, you've hit the nail on the head, if you want to play football against Barca you may as well just throw in the towel, go home and save yourself an embarrassment and 90 minutes of wasted life. You've got to adopt a disciplined defensive approach, close down space, get into their face, chase every ball, frustrate them or lull them into a false sense of domination before hitting them on the counter and slotting one home. Our defense is much more disciplined than both Arsenal and Real's so that is a great start and inspires hope. Barca's defense can really appear fragile and not up to the standards the media would have you believe, the energy and runs of Hernandez I reckon will be the difference on the day, I don't think Barca's defense will be able to cope with concentrating on dominating the game whilst keeping tabs on Hernandez and his whereabouts. We can take solace in the fact that their front line is completely reliant on Messi-magic and that even he can be nullified.
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05/05/2011 20:09:00

Personally however, the criticism of Mourinho's tactics doesn't surprise me in the slightest. When the 5hit hits the fan everyone seems to have the solutions when the reality of the situation is, the pundits, newspapers, fans, etc. don't know 5hite. They talk about playing to Madrids strengths and how if they played attacking football using Ronaldo to full effect they would've won, well we had a glimpse of that before and it ended 5-0 in Barca's favour. The fact is, if anyone has a tried and proven method of playing Barca and beating them, they would be one hell of a manager. Sadly, they don't, they just present a load of drivel which is why they're a journalist or pundit rather than a top European manager.
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05/05/2011 20:16:00

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05/05/2011 20:28:00

It is true that some of barca's players go down easier than a red light madam in amsterdam.
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