Greetings from the land of sand. This is the weekly segment here on Managing Madrid where I walk around my international campus and ask random people of different backgrounds and football loyalties questions about the footballing world and Real Madrid.
Well Madridistas, we are very close.
Attitudes in the realm of Real Madrid have risen to soaring heights and then crashed in a single week. It was a week of victory and heartbreaking elimination. But regardless, fans may well have their good spirits restored. As many of you know, if Real Madrid manage to collect all three points in Wednesday's match, then it will be mathematically impossible for Barcelona to catch up, officially securing those beautiful white ribbons on the trophy.
If they win Wednesday (you notice I'm being very careful about not jinxing this), they will end the Catalans' three year la Liga-winning spree. And I know we are all very excited to see that finally happen.
But what has gotten Real Madrid this far? What has changed and helped Real Madrid reach this point? That's the question I'd like to pose this week.
Here's what some other fans have to say:
Real Madrid were a good team last season, but lacked the chemistry to be considered world class; as so much of the team were new signings that were not able to communicate efficiently with each other. This season they're more of a team and with Higuain back in form, Madrid have incredible attacking potency. Also, fantastic form/consistency along with strong tactics has shaped a truly prolific team.
Zaid, Syria, Real Madrid
Madrid used their fast counter attacks and ability to control most of their matches, to leave their opponents stunned. Their players such as Ronaldo Benzema and Di Maria used their speed to up Madrid's ability to play fast. Also players such as Kaka, Ozil and Xabi Alonso allowed the team balance on the attacking end as well as stability considering the fact that a lot of players on Madrid are flashy players with high skill. The team game really improved this year, because they play more as a unit and have gotten used to each other this year.
Omar, Egypt, Real Madrid
I don't follow the Spanish league but knowing Jose I can tell you they played defensively but had so many creative players that they [scored] no matter what.
Samuel, India, Liverpool
Real Madrid had a good team this season and were in a way unbeatable home and away so really it was due to the great managing of Jose and the team as a whole.
Saker, Palestine, Barcelona
Now Madridistas, we want to from you. Take your vote in the poll, comment on our facebook page, and tweet us @managingmadrid. Stick with us here on Managing Madrid as we cover these next couple of days and join us in hoping that we see that trophy secured in white as soon as possible, and finish these last dying breaths of la Liga on a high.