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Daily Thread: 15 Jan 2024

Another Juninho Edition of the Daily Merengue

Real Madrid CF v FC Barcelona - Super Copa de España Final Photo by Yasser Bakhsh/Getty Images

Apologies but life is busy and I won’t be able to do a true Juni edition of the DT this week. But today’s edition are some live thoughts as I watch El Clasico

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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 below are some nitpicky observations from a complete El Clasico from our squad featuring pure dominance from the Gala XI.

Observation #1: A Win is A Win

Real Madrid have won the Spanish Super Cup defeating rivals Barca 4-1. This was a remarkable performance in an otherwise low priority game (and tournament). Of course, we can debate the frivolousness of having the Spanish Super Cup in January / in Saudi Arabia / as a tournament (spoiler: its wasteful). However, you know what’s not wasteful. Cold. Hard. Cash.

Anyway, this tournament has always been you have more to lose from losing than to gain from winning. Happy we took a serious approach and beat both of our rivals

Observation #2: Respect

This will probably bleed into Observation #3, but at times I feel like we show too much “respect” to our opponents specifically Barca. We have the quality to dominate almost every team besides Man City. Credit to the players and Carlo, but the team right now is THAT good. So at times, I actually am bothered about how we don’t run up the score or we decide to drop back. Barca’s first goal (note: again I’m typing this live) is a result of our lines dropping deeper and deeper to absorb pressure. Yes, this and playing on the counter theoretically make sense. However, as shown close to the third goal, we have the quality to dominate possession and pass around Barca. This isn’t CL semifinalist Barca. This is a whole other version.

While we are here: shoutout to Vini (hattrick), Rodrygo (goal + assist + nutmeg), Jude (class dribbling in the middle), Kroos (taking every boo with stride), Rudi (for some absolutely delightful passes), Carva (for quitting gluten), Carlo (for being Carlo), Lunin (great saves), and the rest of the squad. Put respekt on our names.

Observation #3: Melancholy?

I can’t find the right term for this observation but Barca is bad and it’s somewhat disappointing. I love to see Barca going through a rough patch but today’s performance was just alarming of the gulf between the two teams. I dont know if it’s Xavi or just the lack of talent, but (famous last words) this Barcelona team doesn’t scare me. Sure they won La Liga last year (deservedly so) with a fantastic defensive performance but something just feels off this year. Araujo seems slower. The possession from Barca seemed lifeless. Lewa clearly has lost a step. For La Liga’s brand, we need a stronger Barca just not too strong...

Anyway good win. Let’s celebrate.

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