Agreed, they played really well and showed great character to come back from behind twice.....That was probably the game I've enjoyed the most this season, and none of it from Madrid.
Sociedad were a joy to watch. Wasteful in front of goal, but played some lovely football at times. Shame they'll probably miss out on a CL spot.
Transfer rumours Ins: Isco might not sign because of fears that he may not get enough playing time and is waiting to see who becomes the new coach before deciding what he is to do.....Gareth Bale(60m) and Ilkay Gundogen(20-25m) are the favourites to be our first summer signings followed by Cavani(35m) and Carvajal(7m).....that will probably be it in terms of transfers and depending on if them players are available or not then it could change although Carvajal can return for 7m because of the clause in his contract, if we do not bring him back then its just madness.....
Transfer rumours Outs: Coentrao will probably be out the door soon, Monaco are said to have offered in the region of 18m....id take it....Also off to Monaco is Carvalho free transfer, those also rumoured to be on the way out are Sami Khedira who Mou wants to bring with him to Chelsea, Pepe could also be shown the door because of his behaviour in recent times, Angel Di Maria is wanted by PSG, if we signed Bale then I would have no qualms with this and there are players who have come through the Castilla this season that alot of clubs in Spain and across Europe are interested in, Albiol said he is happy in Madrid, id keep him as back up to Varane and Ramos, Essian will return to Chelsea.
This is the current squad list and who I think we should sell/keep and my reasons why.
Casillas - No brainer, back in as number 1.
D. Lopez - Id keep him but he is a great keeper and would be wasted on the bench.
Arbeloa - I hate him but id keep him as back up to Marcelo and whoever our RB is.
Varane - Stays - Himself and Ramos will only get better.
Ramos - Stays - Same as above.
Marcelo - Stays - cant wait to have him back fit.
Coentrao - Gone - I dont know if it was him or Mou's tactics but he isnt the same player he is for Portugal and his defending isnt that good.
Pepe - Gone - He is crazy and too prone to getting sent off, can be great at times though and id wish him well.
Albiol - Stays - Back up to Ramos and Varane.
Carvalho - Gone - I think its almost a done deal to Monaco.
Alonso - Stays - he didnt have his best season but who did this year for Madrid.
Khedira - Gone - I like him and he does good work in the middle when we dont have the ball but for me he is too slow and id prefer Modric who has more energy and can also make things happen when in possesion.
Modric - Stays - see above.
Essian - Gone - Back to Chelsea
Ozil - Stays - played great at times but has been restricted by the tactics at times IMO.
Kaka - Stays/Gone - If Anchelotti takes over and wants him then id keep him, if he doesnt take over then I think its best he goes.
Di Maria - Stays/Goes - Depends on if we sign Bale.
Callejon - Stays - Good squad player and I think he could contribute alot over the course of a season.
Benzema - Stays - I think he will stay but wont be first choice.
Ronaldo - Stays
Higiuan - Gone - id keep him over Benzema as he had a better season, none of them have been great though and I think the fact that Benzema contributes more to the team whereas Higuian is a typical no. 9.
My team for 2013/14 season with current/possible squad
GK - Casillas
RB - Carvajal
LB - Marcelo
CB - Ramos
CB - Varane
MF - Alonso
MF - Modric
MF - Ozil
RW - Bale
CF - Cavani
Leaving Lopez as Casillas cover, Arbeloa as cover for the RB/LB, Albiol as cover CB, Khedira could cover Alonso as the holding MF or Gundogan if signed(who I really admire alot, id play him ahead of Alonso, great passer with pace and great energy, himself/Modric and Ozil in the middle would be alot better and quicker than Alonso and Khedira) Callejon/Di Maria could cover Ronaldo/Bale on the wings and Benzema would be great cover for Cavani if signed. I dont even think its that much of a change in terms of players I think its a change of formation and attitude that the team needs, I dont want/like us to be a counter attacking team I want us to be an attacking team with a good defense and balanced, structured but free(if you get my drift).
Thats enough for tonight. If I forgot anyone dont forget to let me know....