Real Madrid Must Keep Fighters
Real Madrid's new Galactico era is much like the first one. It includes a lot of buying and selling of stars, with major names being attracted to Santiago Bernabeu.
Jorge Valdano, Zinedine Zidane and of course the mind of it all, Florentino Perez say they are working on a new "project."
They have already signed Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo and are linked with a host of huge names in the football world.
However, are world-class signings enough to capture success?
The failure of the first Galactico era was due to signing great players, yet in wrong positions. Meanwhile, Fabio Capello's stint that saw the club beat Barcelona for La Liga was not really a "Galactico" era.
Capello had a powerful midfield that could win back possession and keep it, and a good defense. He had a good team overall, but not a special one.
Signing Ronaldo, Kaka, and other big names means Real Madrid have to sell many of their players.
Yet, I fear that Real will sell the players that can enable them to compete with the big teams.
Real Madrid should keep their fighters and not go into other infamous Makelele-like sale of players.
Reports have linked Mahamadou Diarra, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Rafael van der Vaart, Royston Drenthe, Arjen Robben, Javier Saviola, and Gabriel Heinze for an exit from the Bernabeu.
I can't argue about all the names, but winning the league or a European title demands a good defensive midfield, and few in that position are as good as Mahamadou Diarra—he's a fighter.
Fernando Gago is no better than Diarra. Gago is a barbie-like figure and simply not Real material. Even Ruben De La Red has not proven himself as much as Diarra.
Robben came from Chelsea for 40 million and has not played enough. He's a classy player and a true galactico. So why sell him?
Van Nistelrooy was the best goalscorer in La Liga in his first season with Real. Last season, a serious injury hampered him and limited his playing time.
But still, van Nistelrooy is a great striker and Real don't have many good strikers. So why sell him?
If the second Galactico era is to be a successful one, then Real Madrid must keep their fighters. They will not be able to compete on the national or European level unless they have a solid midfield and defense to go with their new and talented forwards.
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