Real Madrid's 3 Biggest Transfer Mistakes of 2009-2010
Real Madrid had their most successful season ever in terms of league points, pressing their rivals Barcelona until the very last round of matches. Nevertheless, the season was largely considered unsuccessful due to their failure to secure a title. While Madrid spent a massive 250 Million Euros on some of the most talented players in the world, the money was spent unevenly.
Former Real Madrid Coach Manuel Pellegrini alludes to this in his interview with Chilean newspaper El Mercurio.
“It's no good having an orchestra with the 10 best guitarists if I don't have a pianist - Real Madrid have the best guitarists, but if I ask them to play the piano they won't be able to do it so well.”
Here are 3 principle reasons as to why Madrid’s summer transfers were ill conceived and therefore prevented them from achieving a title.
3. Karim Benzema
The Term "Galacticos" came into use to describe the policy pursued in the first tenure of Florentino Perez's presidency at Real Madrid. Over the years this term has been synonymous with poor managerial decisions; signings were based largely on marketing reasons as players were picked not according to form, but rather primarily on their reputation. This caused an excessive waste of attacking talent, as well as a star studded bench.
Therefore, It was no surprise that Benzema coming out of a successful spell with Lyon, scoring 43 goals in 112 games was signed by Perez (35 Mil Euro). After all, forming comparisons with Real legend Zidane was almost natural, especially since both players are of Algerian descent. The issue is after the singing of C. Ronaldo, Real already had more than enough talent up front.
After a few less than impressive starts Benzema was unable to gain favour over Higuian and team captain/real legend Raul, and as a result wasted most of the season on the bench.
2. Lack Luster Defense
With Pepe's injury, Sergio Ramos was forced to play as a center back along side Albiol while Arbeloa and Marcelo played as left/rights backs. This defensive combination is one of the weakest in Real's history. First of all there was absolutely no need for Arbeloa since he is nowhere talented enough for Los Galacticos. One would assume that after Perez's massive $200m spending spree Real Madrid would be able to pick up someone better. Marcelo, on the other hand is talented, however tends to attack too much leaving the defense vulnerable for counter attacks.
As unfortunate as Pepe's injury was Real was lucky that it happened right before the transfer market opened. The choice not to pick up a solid center back was unexplainable, it would have allowed Ramos to return to right back not only strengthening the defense but also adding Ramos as an attacking threat.
1. Firing the Dutch
Selling Robben was a massive mistake, and that can be evidently seen when Peligrini had no other option than playing Marcelo or Lassana Diarra on the left and right hand side of the field. The combination of Kaka as a center attacking midfielder, Robben and C. Ronaldo as wingers, and Higuain up in front as the sole striker would have been unstoppable.
Sneijder is young and full of potential (just look at his Champions League and World Cup performance), it's true that the additions of Xabi Alonso and Kaka would have made it hard to find room for Sneijder, however, selling Guti and/or Raul instead would have been a much sounder decision.