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Open Thread: November 18, 2020.

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Another issue of the Daily Merengue!

Hola Madridistas!

The Open Thread/Daily Merengue is a place where you can discuss anything and everything related to football. Feel free to discuss the topics presented here, or start your very own discussions! The Open thread will be posted every day by one of the mods: Valyrian Steel, Felipejack, YoSnail or Oscnar.

Bad news from the international break.

Ramos was subbed out in yesterday’s game against Germany as he felt a muscular pain in his right leg. To make it worst for Los Blancos ahead of Villareal, Varane was also subbed out due to physical problems, apparently a pain in his shoulder, according to COPE.

According to Marca, Benzema should be ready to face Inter, but it is a doubt for the game against Villareal.

Ramos’ renewal.

According to Cadena SER, talks for extending Ramos’ contract is evolving: Ramos’ contract will be extended for 2 more seasons. They expected to announce before the end of the year. Ramos’ father also opined on the matter stating “Sergio’s renewal? I am completely sure it will happen, without any doubt,” Jose Ramos affirmed as reported by Matt Wiltse.

Update: Real Madrid, Sergio Ramos reach agreement in principle for two-year extension -report.

Kroos talks to the press after 6-0 loss to Spain.

Kroos talked about the Germany’s big loss to Spain. Kroos said that Spain taught them a lesson, playing with and without the ball and that the German National Team couldn’t get into the game, noting that the problem was not tactics. Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal also beat Croatia 3-2 taking him past Xavi to third (101 wins) in all time wins in Men’s International Football behind Ramos (130) and Casillas (121). France beat Sweden 4-2 and both Brazil and Argentina secured 2-0 wins in World Cup qualification.

ICYMI: Tribute to Ferenc Puskas on his 14th year death anniversary.

The team at Managing Madrid pays tribute to Ferenc Puskas on his death anniversary. An absolute legend of the club and the sport in general Puskas joined Madrid at the age of 31, yes 31 and then went on to score 240 goals in 260 matches, winning 4 Pichichi titles. He was a key part of the legendary Madrid team of the 50s and the Mighty Magyars, the team generally credited for successfully implementing an early form of “Total Football”, later used effectively by the Dutch in the 1970s.