By Thomas Rooney
Real Madrid midfielder Fernando Gago has hit back at doubters of his side’s ability. Throughout this season to date, the Spanish club have been criticised for their performances and their capability to win trophies has been questioned.
Gago is convinced that the team are ‘playing better than people say’ and that they will be challenging for all honours come the end of the season. The Argentinean says he thinks about ‘winning every game’ that Real Madrid compete in and this will remain the case for the rest of the campaign.
In fairness to Gago, he does have a point when he says that things are going much better than some people have been suggesting. Real Madrid currently sit three points adrift of Barcelona in the La Liga table, so as far as the league title is concerned – the football odds are far from ruling them out just yet.
Then, in terms of the Champions League, Real Madrid are through to the last 16 after defeating BATE Borisov 1-0 last night thanks to a goal from the ever consistent Raul. Overall, they are in touch with the Spanish league leaders and through to the latter stages of the Champions League, so it is no surprise that Gago has questioned what else can be done to please the critics.
Looking at Real Madrid’s results over the season so far though, it can be assessed as to what the criticism is being aimed at. Yes, they are still involved in the two main competitions of their season, but defeat in the Copa Del Rey to Real Union was very embarrassing. Then, there is the defeats in La Liga to Valladolid and Deportivo as well as crashing to Juventus home and away in Europe.
So, as much as the overall picture isn’t too bad at the Bernabau – you can see where the criticism has come from. Madrid have been beaten on too many occasions for this stage of the season.
In the next couple of weeks they have Getafe and Sevilla in La Liga. Football betting will be favouring them to win these games and it is mighty important they do so to continue the momentum gathered from the last couple of results. Then, they can go into the game with Barcelona on the 14th December in some decent form.