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Daily Thread: 12 Dec 2023

Another Juninho Edition of the Daily Merengue

FBL-EUR-C1-REAL MADRID-PRESSER Photo by ODD ANDERSEN/AFP via Getty Images

Bienvenido al Juninho Edition de The Daily Merengue — a place where you can feel free to discuss all things football. Do not be alarmed by the overt RMCF bias. It’s in the name!

Shoutout to the moderators who do a fantastic job, Valyrian Steel, KungFuZizou, NeRObutBlanco, Felipejack, and LONG LIVE Juninho.

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The Champions: Match Day in Berlin

It’s another Champions League Night! Los Blancos have already sealed their qualification for the Round 16, so today’s game is an opportunity to continue cardio, fix mistakes, and build more momentum for the remainder of the season.

Of course, you need to watch Real Madrid. But additionally there are some exciting last minute qualification matches for the likes of Group A (Man U, Galatasaray, Copenhagen), the Top of Group D (Sociedad, Inter), and Sevilla’s quest to fall into the Europa!

Rotations Rotations Rotations

Rumor is that today’s match will be an opportunity to rotate a thin Real Madrid squad. Will the likes of Nico Paz make an appearance? Maybe...but also maybe not haha

Poll

Do You Agree With Carlo’s Statement re Rotations?

This poll is closed

  • 29%
    Yes
    (93 votes)
  • 70%
    No
    (220 votes)
313 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Should Kepa return as the STARTING Madrid GK?

This poll is closed

  • 11%
    Yes — Kepa has performed well thus far and shouldn’t lose his place due to injury
    (41 votes)
  • 88%
    No — Lunin has performed just as equally as Kepa if not better.
    (307 votes)
348 votes total Vote Now

A Brief Disagreement With Carlo

In yesterday’s presser Carlo had the following quotes about the Real Madrid’s legends:

First, I understand his humility but Carlo is clearly a Real Madrid legendary coach. I’d rank him higher than most tbh and the accolades speak for themselves.

Second, and I don’t mean for this to sound harsh, but I don’t believe any Real Madrid player “earns the right to decide their future” with the club. That decision and responsibility must always be the club’s. Whether we as fans want to accept it or not, most players a) have difficulty accepting that their bodies are failing or that they’re no longer competing at their prime, and b) make decisions based on what is personally best for the player rather than the club. There is nothing wrong about these decision habits as they’re perfectly rational.

So extending this train of thought, in my opinion, it may be time for the club to move on from these legends similar to the subtly enforced retirement of Marcelo and distinctly different from the fall from grace of Pique / Alba. It may be beneficial to allow a younger fresher mind to replace Nacho’s utility. It may be necessary to look away from Modric’s tired legs. It may even be appropriate to find other means to stylistically play without requiring Toni Kroos’ deliberate and methodical accuracy. The new era appears to be here but will the club seize it?

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