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Real Madrid magic

05 Th5 2022 | 13:39

Real Madrid bucked the current once again, reaching the final in a remarkable Champions League season. However, is there a satisfactory explanation?

There is a term called “miedo escenico”, which translates to “fear of going on stage”. This phrase describes insecurity, lack of confidence, helplessness, and the feeling of having to fight the unsustainable, trying to escape the fate that fate has laid down.

Former striker, former general manager real, Jorge Valdano once used the above word to describe the situation when his opponent was a guest at the Bernabeu. They fell victim to the omen displayed by the upper reaches of the Spanish Royals.

In fact, Valdano borrowed the phrase from the late Gabriel García Márquez, a famous Colombian writer and winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature. Later, “miedo escenico” became part of the story not only of Real Madrid, but of all members of this team.That’s it Manchester City Must advance in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final yesterday.Last week, Guardiola’s superstars held on to a 4-3 lead in the Spanish capital in the first leg of the first leg, but they failed.

Members of Real Madrid celebrate their victory over Manchester City in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final at the Bernabeu on May 4.Photo: Associated Press

Real Madrid members skate to celebrate their 3-1 win over Manchester City in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final at the Bernabeu on May 4. picture: Associated Press

From a rational point of view, the so-called “stage fright” probably does not exist. Just last year, Guardiola and Manchester City reached the Champions League final for the first time. In the first leg at the Etihad they had around 60 per cent of the ball and completed 16 shots compared to Real Madrid’s 11 and had a better expected goal value index. The Etihad Stadium is about the same size as the Bernabeu Stadium, but there are still 11 players playing against 11 players. Manchester City still lead the Premier League – the most attractive league on the planet. So Guardiola’s army stepped onto the grass at the Bernabeu, fearless.

But movement is not entirely rational.In fact, football is a not-so-rational sport, if you believe in something, sometimes it turns out to be true, which Real Madrid always seems to be.

Juanito himself, the late Real Madrid winger in the 1980s, is said to be the owner of the famous quote: “90 minutes at the Bernabeu is too long”. He spoke to an Inter defender before the second leg of the 1984-1985 UEFA Cup semi-final when Real had to swim against the current after a 2-0 first-leg defeat. And Real did, winning 3-0 at home to reach the final and be crowned champions.

Here’s a brief anecdote from nearly 40 years ago. But that’s only part of Real Madrid’s history. The Bernabeu has many similar incredible upstreams. In the 1975-1976 season, they lost 4-1 at home in Derby County and won 5-1 at home. In the 1979-1980 season, after a 2-0 away loss to Celtic, Real Madrid returned to the Bernabeu and won 3-0. In the 1984-1985 season, after a 3-0 loss to Anderlecht, they won 6-1 at home.

Somehow, the Bernabeu gave Real Madrid the strength to fly higher and reverse the difficulties that lay before them. In the photo, Valverde passes the ball to Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final on May 4.Photo: Twitter/Real Madrid

On May 4, in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final, Valverde took possession of the ball in front of Manchester City defender Laporte. picture: Twitter/Real Madrid

Something similar happened after the 1984-1985 season. The following season, Real Madrid lost 1-5 away to Borussia Monchengladbach and won 4-0 at home. In the 2015-16 season, they won 3-0 at the Bernabeu after a 2-0 away loss to Wolfsburg. Everything obviously has to have some meaning. And in the strangest of ways, Real Madrid has continued to write this anecdote this season.

Real Madrid enter the 1/8 round after a 0-1 defeat at PSG. They also conceded first and were led by the visitors 2-0 on aggregate. But in the final 30 minutes, Karim Benzema reversed the score and Real Madrid won 3-2. In the quarter-final against defending champions Chelsea, things were different. This time, Real Madrid won 3-1 away, but at home, the opponent scored 3 goals in a row. Then, Rodrigo flashed to send the game into extra time – Real Madrid escaped thanks to a goal from Benzema.

La Liga recorded a similar story. Against Sevilla in November 2021, Real Madrid led 0-1, but Vinicius scored with three minutes left to win 2-1. Ahead of Elche, Real led 0-2 with eight minutes remaining, but still equalised in injury time. Real Madrid lead 0-1 again ahead of Valencia in September 2021, with just four minutes of official game time remaining, they won 2-1. Not long ago, they faced Sevilla again on the opponent’s field, and Real Madrid got up 3-2 in the second half to win 0-2 in the first half.

Benzema won the match 3-2 after being led 2-0 by hosts Sevilla on April 17.Photo: Reuters

Benzema won the match 3-2 after being led 2-0 by hosts Sevilla on April 17. picture: Reuters

Bewitched? wealth? The ghost of Juanito? destiny? … no one can explain it, but the bottom line is that Real Madrid always believed in miracles, so much Carlo Ancelotti Just kidding. Not long ago, when asked about the 2014 Champions League final in Lisbon, when Real Madrid were ahead of Atletico with just a minute left in injury time, Ancelotti said: “I was calm, I told myself there was still more. 60 seconds. 60 seconds is really long!”.

In fact, the 60 seconds described by Ancelotti is really long. Sergio Ramos equalized with a header before Real Madrid won 4-1 in extra time to claim their 10th Champions League trophy in history, fulfilling the dream of a “decimal”.

Real Madrid 3-1 Manchester City

The main progress of the Champions League semi-final second leg Real Madrid 3-1 Manchester City match on May 4.

Ancelotti said many years ago that at the Bernabeu, even with a 3-0 lead, Real could still be booed if the game didn’t convince the fans. Here, Real has its own philosophy and ideals. It’s not about “winning at all costs,” but in an elegant and beautiful way. The result is not as important as how it is achieved.

But this season, the story seems to have reversed. Fate and faith in turn lead Real Madrid across the bottom line. Before Manchester City, the unthinkable happened again. In the 73rd minute, Real Madrid beat Manchester City 0-1 with a total score of 3-5. But in just one minute from 90 to 90+1, Rodrigo scored twice to drag the game into overtime. In the end, Benzema ended the counterattack with a penalty kick in the 95th minute.

The question is “Does such a mysterious story still exist in a rational world?”. After the Manchester City game, a radio commentator on RAC1 had to say: “It’s not football. It’s a mysterious phenomenon.” Are there any stats that suggest Real Madrid have made the most dramatic comeback at home in history? Maybe someone will do this inventory. But whether that statistic exists or not, the comeback has become part of the real story.

If not paranormal, as a commentator RAC1 For example, there are other explanations. First of all, Real Madrid is a collection of many veteran players. They rarely panic and panic. Secondly, in a knockout stage as low as football, Real Madrid have the ideal combination of a great goalkeeper – Thibaut Courtois and someone who can decide the game – like Benzema or Luka Modric – . Third, the tens of thousands of fans at the Bernabeu are ready to turn this match into a horror of rivals.

Manchester City's Gundogan was saddened to see Real Madrid players celebrate at the end of the second leg of the semi-final at the Bernabeu on May 4.Photo: Reuters

Manchester City’s Gundogan was saddened to see Real Madrid players celebrate at the end of the second leg of the semi-final at the Bernabeu on May 4. picture: Reuters

Experts say “patience” is good, “no rush” is not. But they are two sides of the same coin. Real players always seem to create an atmosphere in chase games. The chaos that destroys all rational plans.

Perhaps the most plausible explanation is Juanito’s claim. Time really turned at the Bernabeu when Real Madrid fell into a chasing position. The 90 minutes in that place will last until the Real wins.

Huang Tong (according to ESPN)