Real Madrid Are a Great Club, Not a Great Team Yet; FC Barcelona Are
In Bollywood, the Indian movie industry, they say that it is impossible to blend too many superstars into one movie, and make it the all time blockbuster. But of course there are exceptions.
Simply, because none of the superstars would get enough time, and respect to gel with each other, and into the story to make the movie successful; Real Madrid is on the verge of being one of those movies, perhaps.
Even the greatest of all, Michael Jackson, would have joined, from the Heavens, with the 75,000 Real Madrid supporters inside the Santiago Bernabeu, who were all worshipping Cristiano Ronaldo, when he was unveiled amidst exotic circumstances.
A few of those supporters thought they could overcome the security, and personally welcome the player to the biggest club in the world.
Ronaldo's official unveiling at the Bernabeu, is yet another step in the start of Florentino Perez's Galactico II era. He is one of four signings that Madrid have made so far in this summer along with Kaka, Albiol and Benzema.
All the while Madrid have spent in excess of 200 million Euros, in the process of signing all these star players.
A couple or so Galacticos, perhaps Alonso (A big sorry to Liverpool FC if he did leave), are expected to arrive before the start of the 2009-2010 campaign, and then the ‘greatest team in football history’ would be constructed.
That's the keyword: a team.
Real Madrid may be the biggest club in the world of football as the most successful, and an indispensable entity; they may be assembling the best players in the world at the moment, they may have the monetary, and tax cut advantage over most other clubs, in England specially. But they are not a team. At least, not yet; FC Barcelona are.
The Catalans' football was as much a presentation of teamwork as a demonstration of individual creativity; it was a lesson on how to add the individual parts to make a concrete and wholesome structure.
Pep Guardiola’s balanced team ethics with on-pitch individual freedom, perfectly made Barcelona an unstoppable monster in 2008-2009.
Everyone knows how Barcelona played last season, and how they blew away almost everyone, becoming the first Spanish team to achieve the mythical treble, and won the Champions League in astounding fashion, ripping apart Europe's supposed best defence, and making Europe's supposed best defender’s look like, as if they were made of plastic.
Barcelona's all-consuming, all-conquering, and all-graceful football was something the world had not witnessed since the days of Real Madrid's Galacticos, and even then the Zidane's, the Figo's, and the Ronaldo's were not as overwhelming as Barcelona were.
To make Real Madrid an even bigger unstoppable monster in 2009-2010, Manuel Pellegrini would have to take a similar approach.
Perhaps for the first time in his coaching career, the Chilean has a whole bunch of proven world class stars to work with, and it is now on him to mould this assembly of players into a well functioning galactic football team. This is the toughest part than buying these world-class talents.
Buying stars doesn't necessarily guarantee success, and no one knows this better than Mr. Perez himself.
He attempted to construct the most terrifying team in football history, collecting Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, David Beckham, Michael Owen, and Robinho, but that 'dream team' didn't last long, as it fell apart at the seams.
Florentino Perez hasn't spent millions just to compete but to win and win in style. The football world is profusely impatient to see Madrid win every competition they participate in with glitz, and domination and play better football than Barcelona. All this right from day one. The pressure has already mounted.
Football pundits admit that Real Madrid as a team would require some time to gel, and settle but can even a well settled Real Madrid side play better than Barcelona?
Last season, Messi, Iniesta, Xavi, Eto'o, Henry and Co. played the brand of football that even they could find difficult to emulate next term, and for the Merengues to better that would take something special, very special.
Moreover, Barcelona need not make many changes to their line-up; maybe get a better left-back to replace Abidal, and replace the crying kid wanting exit from the Camp Nou, and Manchester bound Eto'o with David Villa (?), and that would be it. That means the team is just nearly the same gelled performing team as it was in May.
Barcelona already have a team chemistry, and coherence among the players with a marvelous level of squad harmony too; Madrid have to create a team chemistry, and coherence among the players along with squad harmony.
More importantly, Perez thinks that buying only attack-minded players would bring back those glory days when Real Madrid ruled the world football. The million dollar question is about their defence.
One must pour the thought in Perez’s mind that Real Madrid lost last season not because of scoring less goals, but for conceding too many.
I hope that Madrid buys some world class, and proven talent in defence which will enable them to become “the greatest team in football history”.
One thing Mr. Perez should not forget is that “too many cooks spoil the broth.”
The tickets have been sold out. The biggest stage of world football drama has been set. The most anticipated sequel called “Galactico part II” is being shot. With same producer yet newly, rejuvenated superstars are all set to perform, and play their dream role.
With only the last few scenes remaining to finish the movie; are we expecting a mega-hit blockbuster or a super flop, but a non-entertaining one?
Only time will tell.
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