17 January 2012

Pinto also knows how to win at the Bernabeu

He won his last two visits as a starter, both with the Celta League in 2005-06 (2-3) and 2006-07 (1-2).


José Manuel Paints it will play tomorrow of regular in Santiago Bernabéu for the first time since it arrived to Barça in January of 2008. But, at 36 years, will premiere at the stadium of Real Madrid , far from it. Home where he played five times with Celta, all in league match, and in the last two (2005-06 and 2006-07) got the win with stops decisive. If, as a member of the Barça squad success of 'Pep Guardiola was' in Chamartín, with Victor Valdes in goal, also his, as the main actor did not fare badly in the past.

There were two victories with history. On September 10, 2005, with a Celta one recently ascended to Primera, won 2-3 in the Bernabeu and embittered home presentation of the latest draft of the first stage of Florentino Perez, Robinho and Sergio Ramos as star signings for that 2005-06 season. He beat the Brazilian Ronaldo, a penalty, and Baptista, with a shot from close range, but the team rallied to Fernando Vazquez Wanderlei Luxembourg final with goals from Nunez and Cannobio. The Chilean Contreras had been 0-1. The goalkeeper of El Puerto de Santa María resisted white harassment.

Also well remembered is the victory of Celta in the following season in the Bernabeu , and with Ramon Calderon in office white. On November 5, 2006, Pinto was the main character in the first half hour before the Madrid with a recital of interventions after shots of Sergio Ramos (12 ') and Ronaldo (19' and 25 '). Nene, now in the PSG, won 0-1, but tied unmarked Emerson before the break at the exit of a corner. In the second part, Pinto remained very safe and gave wings to a Celta who scored the final 1-2 in 82 'by Jorge Larena mediation.

That was the first defeat of Real Madrid hero, Fabio Capello at the Bernabeu after 30 games unbeaten in two stages as a coach. Pinto, with a '3 'on '4', was the best score of the shock in MD.

The good taste of those two victories offsets the bitterness of his other three games as a starter at the Bernabeu, above all, also with Celta, 1-0 in the 1999-2000, 2000-01 and 3-0 in the 4-2 in 2003-04. But that was long ago ...