Real Drama at Real Madrid
The hype about the whole election of Real Madrid is over and now we await the rampage they are going to create in the transfer market. I think in the next few months we will potentially see clubs breaking the transfer record more than one time.
According to the reports this morning, Real has already broken the bank to buy Kaka.
With Manchester City, Real Madrid, the top 4 in England, and the rumours of Sunderland having a transfer kitty of $50 million, we are expecting to see a huge amount of money circulating in the next two to three months.
Coming back to my point about the drama that has been going on at Bernabeu with the election thing, as expected Perez won the election and appointed Manuel Pellegrini as their manager, which I think is a strange decision.
I have been following the Spanish League for a while now and Villarreal CF is a club I think is one of the best in the league. Given the size of the club and the money available, Manuel Pellegrini has worked wonders there.
Arguably, he is the one who revitalised the career of Juan Román Riquelme after his flop at Barcelona, and under him the like of Robert Pires and Ariel Ibagaza have been brilliant.
Now Manuel Pellegrini comes to the circus that is Real Madrid. This club is the equivalent to Newcastle United in the Premier League in terms of what goes on behind the scenes.
Manuel Pellegrini did work with some of the most gifted players in the world during his time at Villarreal CF, but if you think about it, he has only worked with top players who are from South America:
• Diego Forlan – Uruguayan
• Ariel Ibagaza – Argentine/Spanish
• Juan Román Riquelme – Argentine
• Marcos Senna – Brazilian/Spanish
• Matías Fernández – Chilean
• Gonzalo Rodríguez – Argentine
Obviously, the majority of the players at Villarreal CF are Spanish and they are from their own set up. But, apart from these four players, the others are all from either Spain or South America.
• Nihat Kahveci
• Giuseppe Rossi
• Jozy Altidore
• Robert Pirès
I think this will be a major issue for Manuel Pellegrini at Madrid.
With the squad made up of a large number of players from all around Europe, does he really have the ability to handle the egos of such a diversified squad?
Are we seeing the making of another Scolari?
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