Euro Cup Matchday Two Open Thread: Cristiano, Özil and More Madridistas Kick Off Their Tournament

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After yesterday’s matches, it’s time for Real Madrid players to begin their tournament. Coach José Mourinho will be in the stadium supporting his German and Portuguese players on the field. All of them are expected to start: Pepe and Coentrao will be key in the defensive line of Portugal and Khedira will try to stop Cristiano Ronaldo. Mesut Özil will also have the chance to shine in another international tournament.

You can comment both this match and the previous one (Denmark-Netherlands) in this very post. Managing Madrid will recap how the madridistas performed in this game.

Madridistas in the UEFA Euro 2012: Coentrao and Khedira Shine in Germany’s Win

L'VIV, UKRAINE - JUNE 09: Fabio Coentrao of Portugal crosses the ball past Jerome Boateng of Germany during the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Germany and Portugal at Arena Lviv on June 9, 2012 in L'viv, Ukraine.  (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)

That headline describes pretty well how the game was. Germany managed to beat Portugal (with Jose Mourinho and his son in the stands) thanks to a late Mario Gómez goal, but the Mannschaft wasn’t as great as expected. It is true that Portugal showed big improvements since the last few friendly matches, but the German team clearly has more potential at reach. The Dutch team lost its game against Denmark, and that might be why Portugal and Germany were so respectful with each other’s chances.

Neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Mesut Özil impacted the game. The Portuguese star played well at the end but was mostly invisible through the 90 minutes. Özil wasn’t key neither, probably because Thomas Müller and Lukas Podolski weren’t able to get through Portugal’s defenders. Coentrao was arguably Portugal’s best player alongside Manchester United’s Nani, and Sami Khedira was the reason why Cristiano Ronaldo performed so poorly.

Pepe, on his part, was brilliant as well. He even had a chance to score in the first half but the ball went off the post. With Bruno Alves’ help, he stopped Mario Gómez’s aerial game until the very end. Gómez was very lucky to get the ball in his late goal because Khedira’s cross was deflected by one of Portugal’s midfielders and that prevented Pepe and Alves from clearing the danger.

The Portuguese team probably played better than Germany. They didn’t enjoy as much possession, but had a lot of good scoring opportunities in the second half with Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani, and Varela. Mourinho and his son were caught by the cameras complaining after Oporto’s player missed what was Portugal’s best chance to tie the game up.

Fábio Coentrao hasn’t performed this well with Real Madrid. If he’s at this level, Real Madrid has the world’s two greatest left backs on its roster. The Portuguese defender needs to shake up from his poor season at Real Madrid (and so does Marcelo) and be ready for next season. After Denmark’s win, Portugal will need to win Bendtner’s team in order to have a chance to get the ticket to the Quarterfinals. Paulo Bento’s team is capable of doing that, and if Cristiano Ronaldo finds his groove, Portugal can be very dangerous.

Mou, on Pep: “It is not normal to sell an image of perfection”






José Mourinho granted an interview to the newspaper ABC and revised the period of Real Madrid. The Portuguese trainer stressed that ” no trainer had managed to gain a championship garter belt in three big Leagues. It was a target that it had. I have two years of contract with Real Madrid, my family and I are glad to have a stability “.

The technician luso also had words towards Pep Guardiola and said that ” it is not normal to sell an image of perfection and later, in the end, none is perfect. I never sold an image of perfect. On the game of the Barcelona and of Real Madrid, Mourinho made sure that ” I love myself the nice game of my team. I do not like the wear of the adversary for the possession of the ball “.

On having been asked about the future of Higuaín, the trainer of Real Madrid it realized well: ” It is going to continue. And it is going to continue because I do not want to open hand and Real Madrid does not want either.”

In other one of the plots at which it is employed the white set is in the portería. Mourinho confirmed that Adán is not going to continue because he wants minutes, from what Madrid will have to look for competition for Iker Casillas. ” Doorman looks for Real Madrid because Adán does not want to continue. My work is to convince him so that it remains. We must give him more parties, promise him the Glass “.

His analysis of the next Ball of Gold
On the future Ball of Gold, José Mourinho stressed that “: who gained the most important League of the world? I christen. Who gained the Champions? None. Who deserves the Golden ball? I christen “.

On his personal situation in Real Madrid, the Portuguese trainer said: ” I am a 49-year-old young man. The players feel my force, my character and my ambition. I am a person who fights for the freedoms.”


Higuain’s brother: “Gonzalo will stay”








The old brother of Higuaín, Federico, who plays of midfielder in Columbus of Santa Fe of Argentina, has declared: “My brother Gonzalo does not go away to go of Madrid. It is very comfortable and super calmly here, where it is very dear. For the time being it does not go away to go ‘.

On the relation that Gonzalo has with Mou he assured: ‘”The press is much spoilt. Not everything what the newspapers say is true”.