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without your loving
Without you Sunday girl
You only got to reach out
Reach out to taste my lovin’
Want you so Sunday girl
Oh, I really want you (want you)
Ah, yes, great song by Bad Boys Blue. Anyway... We’ve got a thread to complete.
And the Gap at the Top Widens
Real Madrid have given themselves some room to breathe, by beating one of the better teams in La Liga, in Real Sociedad (AKA La Real). The match started in the worst way imaginable, with Dani Carvajal of all people making a clumsy challenge and giving away a penalty, which Mikel Oyarzabal gladly converted. Then... I don’t know, something happened about 25 minutes later... Camavinga and Modric scored a couple of goals with heat-seeking missiles from outside the box and Los Blancos were basically running over La Real. The second-half display was also a dominant one, ending in a 4-1 victory for the La Liga leaders, against an opponent many though would cause them problems. This performance ought to give the crowd and especially the players, a welcome mental boost ahead of the clash against the Mbappe-lead PSG.
Those final 10-15 minutes of the first half? Gimme more of that please. With that kind of performance... We stand more than a chance against PSG. Second half wasn’t half bad either.
Personally, I don’t think it’s been THAT one-sided, but yes, Karim Benzema has unquestionably been out talisman since Cristiano’s departure, even more so, if you look at things statistically.
Karim Benzema hits 20 league goals for a fourth concescutive season— GOAL (@goal) March 5, 2022
Putting Real Madrid on his back. pic.twitter.com/5pT5IPd1Wr
The Next... Huh?
I’m sorry I must have missed the episode in which Pedri has already become one of the greats. The next PEDRI? He’s still a youngster! He’s lived up to the hype, yes, but looking for the next Pedri? Come on!
Barcelona beat Real Madrid to 'next Pedri' signing with €100m release clausehttps://t.co/iD63cwGXdu pic.twitter.com/1M32ZXJWak— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) March 5, 2022
The MM crew, as usual, has the post-match posts ready for your entertainment - and they were pretty quick with those too!
Have a great day Madridistas and may the Madridismo be with all of you.