Real Madrid has not won the Spanish Cup, Copa del Rey, for twelve years. Such has been the meager performance in this tournament, that Spanish press says it must be a spell. Last year they were close, and supposedly should have defeated a modest Zaragoza side, but lost a humilliating defeat in the final - and ended the season without trophies.
While playing with the best in the final last season, the last-16 game against second-division team Valladolid last night was not a display of any starters: only Roberto Carlos -of the usual 11 starters, started on the pitch. What a show of arrogance!
Ironically, thinking it was too big a team, Valladolid also decided to spare some players... And as irony goes in football, 1-1 in Madrid was enough for Valladolid, after tying 0-0 at home.
Real Madrid have been overly optimistic after 2 + seven minutes victories in a row, but in which they have not played well. Where is the optimism after losing to a 2nd Division team?
The spell continues for Real Madrid in the Cup. Maybe for the rest of the season? I have no quarrels saying that I hope so...