The future of the German National Team was on display today as Meyer, Sane and Goretzka dominated the midfield in the 2nd leg clash at the Bernabeau between Real Madrid and FC Schalke 04.
Who would have believed a couple of 19 and 20 year olds would have bossed the most expensive team on the planet on a massive european night in the capital. Real Madrid continued to dip in their worst form of the season coming off a loss in Liga play against Athletic Bilbao. The jeers of Gareth Bale and company from the home faithful echoed an atmosphere of disarray and lack of direction. The midfield had no control of the match and were left in the shadows of the FC Schalke youth. Max Meyer asked a very serious question of the Madrid back line with his vision and key passes. Goretzka gave Schalke a great cushion, distributing the ball under pressure and relieving forward attacks. Sane gave Schalke a new light late in the match and provided a spectacular outside the box goal.
The game was very back and forth and thanks to the reigning Balon D’or winner, his brace helped ward of a very real and scary last 10 minutes where Schalke looked destined to come back and overturn a 2-0 first leg deficit. The real moment of truth came when Madrid let Huntelaar through to a 1 on 1 with Iker in part to more horrible defending and communication. With his 2nd goal in the 84th and momentum on their side it made for a very exciting final 9 minutes. Their was no miracle though for the Germans and although they were eliminated, their fans will definitely remember this european night for a long time as they defeated Real Madrid in their own stadium on a very special performance.
Real now look onto getting back into their better form as Luka Modric came back today and James Rodriguez is slighted to make his return in the coming weeks. The man that they miss the most though, even perhaps more important than their Golden boy Ronaldo, is their leader and heart of the team, Sergio Ramos.
-Disgruntled Sports Fan