Madrid press pile pressure on Pellegrini
It may have been a miserable Tuesday night for Real Madrid but it was a magnificent one for the glaziers of the city.
As AlcorcÃÂ³nÃ¢ÂÂs fourth goal flew in, the squeal of protest from a fist-flying Florentino PÃÂ©rez in his presidential high chair was so piercing that it shattered windows for miles around AlcorcÃÂ³nÃ¢ÂÂs Santo Domingo stadium Ã¢ÂÂ the scene of what is being described in WednesdayÃ¢ÂÂs press as the lowest point in Real MadridÃ¢ÂÂs history.
Since the last one, anyway.
An omen of the wonderfully entertaining events to come were perhaps to be found in the tea leaves of TuesdayÃ¢ÂÂs Madridista press, which featured the freebie-loving footballers at a promotional event for Audi the day before, accepting their sponsor-provided cars for the season.
The two Diarras selected the most expensive models worth around sÃ¢ÂÂ¬160,000 each, while a more modest Arbeloa went for a cheeky CoupÃÂ© costing a mere Ã¢ÂÂ¬51,290.
An enterprising TV station visited the car park at AlcorcÃÂ³n to compare these pimp-mobiles with the models owned by TuesdayÃ¢ÂÂs Copa del Rey opponents.
Unsurprisingly, the cars were a little less flashy, considering the average annual salary of a player in the Segunda B (third tier) outfit is Ã¢ÂÂ¬36,000 - Ã¢ÂÂ¬4,500 times smaller than Cristiano RonaldoÃ¢ÂÂs pay-packet.
It was the set-up for the mother of all pratfalls and Real MadridÃ¢ÂÂs pampered players duly obliged.
Tuesday's blog complained that the Copa del Rey was completely devoid of drama unless a team as utterly incompetent as Real Madrid stumble along and stuff things up completely.
The Castle Greyskull outfit were booted out of the tournament by Real UnÃÂon at this stage last season in a similar manner and - bless their satin socks - they look set to be following the same pathetic path, once again, against another lower-league outfit.
But AlcorcÃÂ³n can perhaps count themselves lucky to face a weakened Madrid side forced to field the likes of Benzema, Van der Vaart, Lady Gago and RaÃÂºl.
And they took advantage of their injury-ravaged opponents by going 3-0 up by half-time and finishing the match with four. And very nearly five. Without reply.
However, RaÃÂºl is very much with the stiff upper lip and claims that there is all to play for in the Bernabeu on November 10.
Ã¢ÂÂIf thereÃ¢ÂÂs any team that knows how to come back, itÃ¢ÂÂs Madrid,Ã¢ÂÂ said the club captain, happily ignoring recent two-legged ties against Real UnÃÂon, Liverpool, Betis, Bayern Munich, Arsenal...
Unsurprisingly, the reaction to the 4-0 reverse in WednesdayÃ¢ÂÂs Madridista press is less than sympathetic.
Ã¢ÂÂA disgrace!Ã¢ÂÂ yells AS from the front cover, Ã¢ÂÂthe joke of the century.Ã¢ÂÂ
Inside, poor TomÃÂ¡s Roncero describes the game as Ã¢ÂÂthe biggest humiliation I can remember in my 44 years of militant Madridismo.Ã¢ÂÂ
The crackpot columnist then wails that Ã¢ÂÂmillions of Madridistas were embarrassed in their homes.Ã¢ÂÂ
La Liga Loca thinks that tantrum-tastic TomÃÂ¡s should count his blessings.
Real Madrid fans are normally humiliated at the Bernabeu. Or in bars. At least Tuesday night was more private.
MarcaÃ¢ÂÂs main role in the post-match panic is to ensure that Florentino PÃÂ©rez should not be blamed for any of the recent reverses suffered by his expensively-assembled side.
Ã¢ÂÂGet out!Ã¢ÂÂ blasts the paperÃ¢ÂÂs front cover on Wednesday over a picture of Third-Choice Chilean Manuel Pellegrini.
Ã¢ÂÂMadrid havenÃ¢ÂÂt played a decent, complete game of football all season,Ã¢ÂÂ notes Santiago Segurola inside.
Roberto GÃÂ³mez agrees that the loss to AlcorcÃÂ³n was the worst in MadridÃ¢ÂÂs history and is all with the told-you-so in his column, tucked away on page 12.
Ã¢ÂÂThey called me anti-Madridista, anti-Valdano, anti-Pellegrini, but sadly time has proved that I was right,Ã¢ÂÂ ranted a not-sounding-sad-at-all Roberto.
Ã¢ÂÂFlorentino has played his role,Ã¢ÂÂ grovels WednesdayÃ¢ÂÂs editorial which comes THAT close to calling for his firing: Ã¢ÂÂItÃ¢ÂÂs Pellegrini who hasnÃ¢ÂÂt fulfilled his requirements.Ã¢ÂÂ
The Barcelona papers are - to be vulgar, but hey, this is Spain - p*ssing their pants with the hilarity of the situation.
And who can blame them?
Ã¢ÂÂRidiculo Historico!Ã¢ÂÂ yells Sport with Josep Maria Casanovas writing that Ã¢ÂÂthis is the beginning of the end for Pellegrini.Ã¢ÂÂ
Mundo Deportivo are equally as jubilant with a front cover blasting Ã¢ÂÂHumiliation!"
However, there is some light at the end of the tunnel for miserable Madridistas who need something to cheer them up after their latest humiliation.
Florentino PÃÂ©rez is set to give a lecture to a university in Alicante on Wednesday night, on Ã¢ÂÂthe management model of Real Madrid.Ã¢ÂÂ
That's surely good for a few giggles to help turn those frowns upside down.
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