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Real Madrid Keep Things Interesting

Panoramica 002 - Estadio Santiago Benabeu
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Real Madrid silenced the critics last weekend with a 6-2 victory over Villarreal following their 1-0 loss to Lyon earlier in the week in the UEFA Champions League and hopefully that means that Manuel Pellegrini further assured that he would be the coach next season.  Pellegrini’s position with the club next season has been in jeopardy following that loss to the French side earlier in the week and also with rampant rumors spreading claiming that Inter’s Jose Mourniho is likely to take over the club’s management in June following his Serie A season.

It seems a bit ridiculous that Madrid would fire their coach despite remaining in the title run with last year’s treble winners.  And to make his job a little bit more difficult Barca brought in Ibrahimovic just to assure themselves the top spot in the league this season.  But Pellegrini’s Madrid are only two points back from the other giants and their total goal differential is only two back as well.  Front office director Jorge Valdano had this to say about the side’s coach: 

I’m very happy for the coach and for the team. We had a great game. We scored six goals and there could have been more. I’m going away completely satisfied. The match tells of the style of the team and of the coach. This is our coach, this is our team and we believe we can do great things this year. Pellegrini has managed things very well.

With a lot of football left it is more then likely that Madrid will lose pace with the world’s best club and will likely finish the season a distant second place.  But with Ronaldo, Kaka, and the recent arrival of Hiquain from the injury list things are looking good for los galicitcos.