Thursday, March 12, 2009

Liverpool 4-0 win over Madrid caused the Spanish newspapers fury

Every single publication in Spain reacted with strong criticism against Real Madrid after they being eliminated from the UEFA Champions League, destroyed by a super efficient Liverpool

Indeed, "Madrid in the worst crisis", "Liverpool, white cemetery" and "Madrid crashed" were among the headlines after a 4-0 defeat saw the nine-times European champions lose the last-16 tie 5-0 on aggregate. The result means the popular "merengues" have failed to reach the Champions League quarter-finals for a fifth straight year.

The scoreline might have been worse were it not for a string of saves from Iker Casillas in the Real goal and Spain's newspapers did not hold back in their assessments of Juande Ramos's side's performance.

"The english powerhouse Liverpool gave a provincial-looking Madrid a lesson in what Europe is," wrote the daily ABC. "Their devastating play made Madrid look like they weren't at the game: no possession, no ideas, no energy and lacking control or width. A stellar Torres knocked Madrid to the ground and Gerrard buried them."

Real Madrid's recent 10-game winning streak in La Liga, which ended with Saturday's 1-1 draw at home to city rivals Atlético, was all but forgotten.

The old newspaper "El País" blamed the Spanish champions' poor showing partly on the club's recent institutional problems which it said urgently needed to be resolved. Real have an interim president following the resignation of Ramón Calderón in a vote-rigging scandal and El Pais said elections must be held sooner rather than later so a new president can breathe life into the club.

"Madrid have hit rock bottom," wrote the publication. "They have been there for a while on the institutional side and now they have fallen off a cliff in the sporting arena."