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The real problem at Madrid
Once upon a time in the crazy world that is football, players played, managers managed and directors directed. Everyone knew their place. Happy days!
Not anymore, well certainly not at the never-ending soap opera that is Real Madrid FC where the plot line seems to alternate between Greek tragedy and French farce.
Much has been of Mourinho’s abrasive and aggressive attitude towards his players at various times during his occupation of the Bernabeu hot seat. His axing of iconic keeper, Iker Casillas was probably not the greatest decision he has ever taken, but indicative of the man. That’s his style and he will always do it his way. The latest spat is between him, and Sergio Ramos, never exactly bosom buddies, and follows Man United’s away goal in the Champions League and the comment by Mou that however well you prepare your team, if individual mistakes appear, then you can never hope to be in charge of your own destiny.
And that should have been that. These days, however, you don’t speak to a Real Madrid player like that, especially not one that has spent much of his life being treated with reverence as he’s gone around the world winning trophies for his country. Back came Sergio Ramos with a premeditated statement that basically said, that the he is not one to point out at colleagues when mistakes are made and everyone should be pulling together.
So who’s in charge then? Well, Mourinho picks the team but in reality has found himself almost totally hijacked by player power that seems to permeate every corner of the Bernabeu changing room. Mourinho has faced an uphill battle with players for a long time now and the fact that Ramos is allowed to, effectively say to his manager in public, “Don’t talk to me like that, ” and get away with it, means that not only has Mourinho conceded the battle, he’s also finally lost the war.
There’ll be a new incumbent at the Bernabeu next season and Mourinho will take his uncompromising, confrontational style somewhere else, probably to PSG or Chelsea (Inter would love him back too). A new coach has already been approached by Real Madrid (more will be revealed soon), and get this, the players - certainly the ones that have the clout at the club - have already sent him a message telling him that he will have to change and do it the players’ way or he will not be accepted at the club.
And that, in a nutshell, is what is wrong with Real Madrid FC.