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Open Thread: January 25, 2021

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Another issue of the Daily Merengue!

ESP: Deportivo Alaves-Real Madrid. La Liga Santander. Photo by Pressinphoto / Icon Sport

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.

Next Match

Los Blancos play Saturday against Levante at the Alfredo Di Stéfano stadium at 4:15 CET / 10:15 EST. No training for the team this Sunday. Levante sit solidly in the middle of the table at 11th with 23 points. This will be matchday 21 of 38.

We may recall the last time the two teams met: Real Madrid 2- 0 Levante at the Ciutat de València. Here was Kiyan Sobhani’s immediate reaction.

From the match against Alaves

The club has posted a video called “Behind The Scenes: Alaves.” Here is the full video:

Ultra_Suristic points out a case of shambolic set-piece defending:

Miguel Ángel Lara sees significant improvement with Hazard and credits Zidane:

Linking up with Ferland Mendy on the left side, it took Hazard a while to find his feet in the match but started to impact more as the game went on. He usually plays cautiously to avoid any knocks early in the game, and there was a scare when he was challenged by Victor Laguardia.

The Belgian brushed himself down, however, and went on to enjoy his best period in the game and was involved in the first two goals, dummying for Karim Benzema for the second.

Just before the stroke of half-time, he made his mark. He showed superb ability to control the ball and slot it home, reminding us just why he was once amongst the top five players on the planet.

‘Arsenal will pay 2.8 million euros for Odegaard loan until June’

(Via Marca)

The confirmation of Martin Odegaard’s loan move from Real Madrid to Arsenal is imminent after the two clubs reached an agreement. After three days of intense negotiations, a deal was reached which will see the 22-year-old move to London until the end of the season. Arsenal will pay Real Madrid two million euros plus a portion of the Norwegian’s wages. The details, revealed by The Times, indicate that there will be no option to buy, meaning Odegaard will return to Los Blancos for next season.