Surviving Joe Pesci in the Desert

The bargain Real Madrid has made with the devil to beat Barcelona is now in full flower — they’ve lost the league, the players are embarrassed, Mourinho’s tactics infuriate the ancients. And yet the Madridistas celebrate a draw, their smiles a war between desperate hope and simple desperation, survivors of a meet with Joe Pesci in the desert. “Two former coaches agreed: if we had done this, we’d have been sacked; a former Madrid player was privately spitting blood — this, he said, was not worthy of Madrid. And even mad Madridista Tomás Roncero, while talking up the ‘euphoria,’ admitted: ‘It can be hard to take the medicine when it tastes like castor oil.’” (Sid Lowe/The Guardian)

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