Real Mardi 4-2 Real Madrid CastillaBy: Corey | February 11th, 2009
Real Madrid beat Real Madrid Castilla 4-2 in a practice match today to see what the young kids had as well as to give some of the fringe players some match sharpness.
4 – Real Madrid: Dudek (Codina, 45′); Salgado (Villafañe, 35′), Cruz, Agus, Torres; Parejo, Mateos, Faubert, Drenthe; Guti (Kabamba, 45′), Saviola
2 – Real Madrid Castilla: Felipe Ramos (Adan, 45′); Velayos, Gary, Molero, Marcos Alonso (Anton, 45′); Tebar, Mosquera (Alvaro Lopez, 45′), Palanca, Vazquez; Bueno (Zamora, 45′), Acuña (Alipio, 30′)
0-1 (16′): Vazquez
2-1 (45′): Drenthe
3-1 (47′): Saviola
3-2 (59′): Alipio
4-2 (67′): Saviola
Here is the match recap from realmadrid.com:
Guti and Parejo -accompanied by Castilla’s Mateos in midfield- enjoyed their first minutes of playing time in 2009. Castilla’s Agus and Real Madrid C’s Cruz played for the first team in defence, given that many internationals have left the squad and that Metzelder is injured with lower back pain. Higuain also missed the clash and jogged on his own with fitness trainer Jordi Garcia. Faubert played the entire game, showcasing his great skill, class and speed.
Castilla tried their best and scored the opening goal through Vazquez (16′). Faubert came close to netting a strike after a brilliant run. Saviola scored the equaliser thirty minutes into the game thanks to a brilliant assists from Parejo.
Drenthe netted the first team’s second strike from an amazingly strong and precise free-kick (45′) and was later awarded a penalty. Saviola took the shot and scored (47’). Drenthe again thrilled the hundreds of fans on the stands by dribbling past several Castilla players in a succession of step-overs.
But Castilla hadn’t said their last word yet and Alpio soon scored from a brilliant pass by Palanca (59’). The second team had another four chances to draw the match, but Codina saved the day. Saviola eventually sealed the game with another strike (67’).
Drenthe looked good, and had an impressive goal and assist (the penalty), while Faubert supposedly played well too. It was good to see Guti and Parejo both on the field, but Salgado got injured, so he will be out for about three weeks. Guti should be on the bench this weekend, while Parejo could make it if he impresses in training. I watched the Italy-Brazil friendly and I was so impressed with two players. Felipe Melo looked incredibly astute in the defensive midfield department. Now we have Lass who is just as good, if not a little better with his higher level of mobility, but Melo certainly was very good. I dont remember him being so good last year with Almeria, but maybe I just missed him.
The second player that impressed me was Marcelo. He was excellent attacking wise, despite his inability to cross the ball. His forward runs were incisive and dangerous, and he usually played the ball to the right option, even if it was a pass on the ground despite being in a crossing position. But, he was out of position all of the time, which Melo covered for him pretty well, as well as Juan. Its difficult to really pinpoint it, but Marcelo could make a decent left midfielder. But he, like Drenthe, is sort of trapped in between the two positions. They lack the required extra skill to really beat players effectively and neither of them can cross worth a shit. But then again, they lack positional awareness to be effective as a wing back, and while they both are very quick and can hustle back, they seem to pick the worst times to go forward. Did anyone see Marcelo’s play yesterday and have any comments? Or any comments on the friendly match in Madrid today?
Drenthe vs. Velayos
Gary vs. Guti
How was the match against Real Madrid Castilla?
It was good; very competitive. We were all anxious to play. Real Madrid Castilla played tough.
What’s it been like being a member of the first team?
Great. It’s always an important step for an academy player, and it’s not impossible. Playing for Real Madrid is the greatest thing that can happen to you. I was injured when I first got here, but I am ready to give 100% to the team. You can never say ‘no’ to Real Madrid.
Do you see yourself playing in the Bernabeu?
I am going to fight for it. We all like to play, especially in the Bernabeu. It would be incredible.
How did you feel about Schuster leaving and Juande stepping in?
The team reacted well. We are winning matches and morale is through the roof.
What can you bring to the table?
Everything I can as a footballer and a person.
It must be frustrating when you keep winning and can’t cut into Barcelona’s lead…
Barcelona are in great form, but we won’t give up. We’ll fight until the end; it’s what Real Madrid is known for. We will always have a chance to catch them as long as we keep winning.
Have Liverpool changed much since the end of the year and now?
They were playing better than they are now. They are one of the best teams in Europe, and it’s going to make for a great tie. I hope we make it to the quarterfinals.