Mr Valdano, I'm with Pellegrini on the Pedro Mosquera Debut Issue
The shocking injury list of Real Madrid with seven first teamers injured, and the suspension of Cristiano Ronaldo, had forced Manuel Pellegrini to call up four players from the Castilla. The four players called up were Rodrigo, Raul Ruiz, Pedro Mosquera and David Mateos.
Rodrigo (striker) was recently called up to the Castilla and has performed immensely after Javier Acuna got injured and was ruled out for the rest of the season.
Raul Ruiz (striker) was called up to the Castilla in the summer when Adam Sazlai was loaned out to the Bundesliga club Mainz, David Mateos (defender, right back) was always a part of the Castilla, and Pedro Mosquera (holding midfielder) is the captain of the Castilla, and has been called up once before to face Athletic Bilbao.
Pedro Mosquera was about to get a debut at the 92 minute mark against Deportivo La Curuna at the Riazor, but the referee blew his whistle and Pedro Mosquera couldn't make his debut (see article picture).
Real Madrid did break the jinx after 19 long years, and the contempt of the victory was evident in Guti's celebration, as he had never won at the Riazor before.
The match was done and dusted, Pellegrini was proud of the effort of his team, and everyone was happy, but Mr. Jorge Valdano wasn't completely happy...he was sad about none of the Castilla players being able to make a debut.
Jorge Valdano said, "Me ha dado pena que no debutara Mosquera. El equipo ha hecho una hora de buen fútbol, pero luego ha acusado la falta de cambios. Posiblemente Pellegrini no conocía bien a los canteranos que tenía y no se ha atrevido a sacarlos. Tal vez alguno le podía haber dado auxilio”
Sorry my Spanish isn't that great, and Google Translate rarely helps, but what can be made out from Google Translate is that Jorge Valdano said, "I felt sad that Mosquera couldn't make his debut. The team played an hour of good football but after that it lacked updates. Possibly Pellegrini doesn't know the quality of the Canteranos and that's why he didn't dare to use them. Perhaps some of them could have helped."
I am all in favor of the Canteranos getting playing time in the first team, and I know that both Jorge Valdano and Florentino Perez have a keen eye on the Canteranos and that they go and watch their matches regularly, but I still felt Jorge Valdano's comment was unjustified.
What Jorge Valdano fails to recognize is the constant pressure Manuel Pellegrini is under when the lead of Barcelona on the top is five points (highly undeserved lead full of controversial points), and the added pressure of ending the win-less streak of 19 years at the Riazor.
So what if there was a 0-2 lead at the hour mark, it took a strike from Benzema in the 91 minute to finally seal the historic win 1-3.
What if Pellegrini had debuted Pedro Mosquera and what if Mosquera made mistakes and cost the game? The blame would have gone to the head of Pellegrini for playing an untested player in such a match.
This is the most important point which has to be considered, would you have played Mosqeura, Mr. Valdano, if you were the manager, and were so close to breaking the jinx of the Riazor and if your job was on the line if there was another slip-up in the title chase? I am guessing not.
I'm not doubting Mosquera's quality in any way, but just stating that playing in the Segunda Division B is nowhere near to facing a fourth placed team at their home where the senior team has never won in 19 years, there is a high chance of Mosquera being the villain, and an even higher chance of a quality player being shipped away because he was a villain in an important match.
We have seen such things happening with the Canteranos in the past, and we don't want to let go of Pedro Mosquera.
Sorry, Mr. Valdano, Manuel Pellegrini knows how to do his job and did the right thing by not debuting any of the Canteranos in such a tight match, but at least he did try to bring one in after the points were sealed, it's just unfortunate the referee blew his whistle.
Manuel Pellegrini often calls up players from the Castilla to train with the first team, so that means he hasn't been completely neglecting them like you are implying Mr. Valdano, he's just waiting for the right time to give the Canteranos a run in.
Guess both you and me will have to wait for the Canteranos to make a debut, but unlike you I'm more understanding and will wait till there is a 4-0 lead for Real Madrid at the Bernabeu at the 60 minute mark to see some of the Canteranos make a debut at the sixtieth minute.
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