Isn’t it nice to see Real Madrid getting dumped out of the CL by a proper football team tonight?
One that was build slowly without reverting to spending hundreds of millions of pounds in one summer; one that has a manager at the helm who remains humble and warm towards others, and would never do something so vain as referring to himself as the ‘Special One’.
I despise Mourinho: a brilliant ‘traditional’ manager, but an absolute twit of a person. He always tries to put his boot into Wenger whenever there is an opportunity, whilst never acknowledging the vast discrepancy between his and the Frenchman’s transfer budget in the last eight years or so.
To see Dortmund go through to the final whilst playing attractive, proper football is just fantastic. They lost Nuri Sahin to RM, and also Kagawa to the Mancs in recent seasons, and yet, here they are eliminating a star-brimming team who have tried everything possible to knock Barca of its domestic and European throne: even contracting the vile, self-loving Maureen.
For some time, RM have been desperate to not only overtake Barcelona again, but to do so with breathtakingly beautiful football. Despite Capello winning La Liga for them in 2007, RM did not like the football on display and he was promptly sacked. The same goes for Bernd Schuster, who won the league the year after, but also got the boot after just one and a half season in charge (also winning La Liga in the process).
Juande Ramos was given just half a season, and then RM went mad by spending in the region of £200-250m on the likes of Kaka, Alonso, Benzema and Ronaldo in 2009. Manuel Pelligrini was hired in that same summer to turn all this star quality into gorgeous, sexy and triumphant footie. But the Chilean did also not last very long, as the trophy cabinet did not get any new additions; whilst their bitterest of the bitterest rivals in Cataluña won everything with the sort of football that took the world by storm.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, and so the self-declared and celebrated Special One was hired. The Portuguese master tactician had just won ‘the triple’ for Inter Milan, including the so coveted CL cup, and he simply had to be hired to break the excruciating, suffocating dominance by the Blaugrana over Los Blancos.
Maureen joined a team with top class players throughout the squad, a number of which had just won the world-cup in South Africa. On top of that, he still got funds to strengthen his team further, which he promptly did. Unfortunately, he was not allowed to let Los Galacticos play Maureenball sort of football. Something nobody had argued with him about at Internazionale, the home of catenaccio in the end…
Now this was a new challenge for him: winning titles with beautiful, daring football. He had not managed to do so at Chelsea, which appeared to have cost him his job there ultimately. At Inter and Porto this was never a requirement, but as per the above, for the RM board and supporters winning in style – ideally better than their one and only rival – is a must.
He tried everything in his powers to topple the despised Blaugrana during his first season in charge, but it was all in vain for the most self-adoring man in football. Fair is fair, he won the Spanish cup for his new paymasters; it meant so much to them that they promptly dropped it from the ‘parade’ bus hahaha.
Then last season, Maureen’s second for the Galacticos, he overcame Barcelona in the league to win La Liga for them: the first time in five years of trying. Quite an achievement, even when taking into account that Guardiola clearly needed a break from the incredible pressure he put himself/ was under.
But for the second time running, RM did not manage to get into the final of the CL: a cup Los Blancos feel simply entitled to every single season.
Then came his third, and what was always likely to be his last season for RM – because the man has not got the patience and stamina to sit it out much longer at a club, and nobody can take him much longer than a 1000 days, no matter how desperate they are!
Despite Barca being at their weakest in a long time, RM never gave them a fight, squandering points like no tomorrow during the first half of the current La Liga season. But all hope and focus was on winning the CL this time round.
He got his team to the CL semi-finals once again, and was so convinced they would beat Dortmund that he even issued the team-sheet 24 hours prior to the game. BD wiped the floor with Los Blancos in the first leg: a total embarrassment for the club, and especially Maureen.
Tonight, in front of 85000 supporters, RM tried in the beginning and towards the end of the second leg game, but BD were simply too good for them.
Maureen has failed, and as he has burned a lot of relationship bridges in the process, it is very unlikely he will last much longer at the historically biggest football club in the world. Beautiful winning football, despite an army of top, top talents at his disposal, cannot be added to his CV, and probably never will – something Arsene will always hold over him. 😉
Written by: TotalArsenal.