Real Madrid: Imploding Galacticos 2.0 Crisis or Just a Bad Spell?
Those who have read my articles or comments know that I try to be as unbiased as I can. I am a Cule, but I don't let my personal preference cloud my judgement. Therefore, I ask you to read this piece before you start assaulting me.
I only wrote this article because the media is full of it.
Alcorcon C.F. 4 - Real Madrid 0
When I first read the scoreline i couldn't believe my eyes. I thought I was still drunk from last night. It took me a while and some research to confirm what my eyes have seen earlier when I woke up. Real Madrid lost against a Segunda Division B side that most of us haven't heard of—Alcorcon C.F.
I didn't watch the match because I thought to myself that it's going to be a very one-sided affair. It was indeed. 3-0 in the first half.
I managed to watch "highlights " from the match and it is very disturbing to see how often the left flank was skinned over and over again.
As I have pointed out in one of my earlier articles, Royston Drenthe is not Real Madrid material. Maybe he has the quality but not the mindset to play for such a huge club. Same goes for Marcelo.
Florentino Perez should get rid of both especially since they are both about the same age. He should sign a quality Left-back like Ashley Cole and a decent deputy for him.
This is the third defeat in the last five games. At any other club that would be acceptable. At the end of the day football players are no super-humans, they are bound to make mistakes and have a dip in form every once in a while.
If you read the articles on various football web sites you would think Real Madrid just lost all the competitions they have entered.
I think the return leg will be a totally different story and I expect Real Madrid to annihilate them. BUT, if rumors are true, Manuel Pellegrini is destined to feel the wrath of almighty Florentino Perez. Should Pellegrini's men lose to Getafe or Milan, he will get the sack.
Now here lies the problem with Pres. Perez. He wants everything NOW. He wants a newly assembled squad to play free flowing attacking football that please the crowd. Dominate each match and each opponent. Restore Real Madrids reputation in the CL. But everything needs time.
In theory, Real Madrid have a squad deep enough to field two teams that can challenge any squad in any competition. No squad can even compete with the bench los blancos call their own. Yet something is way off.
If Perez gives Pellegrini the boot at the start of the season what message does it send to the squad? Manuel Pellegrini is a quality manager. No doubt about it. But you can't expect him to crank out results immediately. He needs time to build a cohesive unit.
Florentino's lavish spending spree is about to backfire on him. With each game that is not won comfortably his decision to spent 250 Mio. Euros will be questioned and dissected in the media. Try your favorite football website and you'll find at least one quotation of the infamous "250 Mio. Euro."
What is disturbing is that all the big teams are yet to be played. I think I am pretty much the only Cule that wishes for a very strong Real Madrid side. Not because I like them so much but because I believe when your opposition is strong you have to raise your game. Real Madrid gave us a good run for our money last season and didn't let us relax.
Not even the slightest.
But look at the situation now. We are just about to enter November and there's already speculation whether Perez fires Pellegrini or not. How does Perez expect to build a successful project if he keeps changing the managers when the results don't come immediately?
With Perez at the helm of Real Madrid i fear they don't go nowhere. I am not suggesting that Joan Laporta is above doing mistakes but he did give Rijkaard a fair chance to establish his ideas and look how that worked out.
In a perfect world Real Madrid would fire Perez, elect a President that doesn't interfere with the manager and possess one trait Perez definitely doesn't have, patience.
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