A day after the Devil wins the Champions League for the 3rd time in their 108 year history, the Spanish press is already talking about Florentino Perez and the exciting project he’s putting together in Madrid.
I was only kidding about the first sentence of this post. The Devil is actually in their 109th year and not 108th year. But in all seriousness, Barca was great yesterday, and all season long for that matter. They won the treble with dignity and class. It might be tough to swallow, but they were head and shoulders the best team in the World this year, so hats off to them.
Only a fool would argue against Manchester United and Barcelona being the best two teams in the World right now. And I think I speak for about 65% of the football population when I say it was shocking to see Manubeing toyed with like that by a superior Barca team. As a neutral, I was enticed by a potentially mouthwatering final; but it was far from a close game.
Any threat that United had last night was from Cristiano Ronaldo, and it was only in the first moments in the game where Barca looked completely rattled. But football is a funny game because Barca scored on their first chance, and for the other 80 minutes of the game, Manu was no where to be seen.
What was interesting was Cristiano Ronaldo’s comments before and after the game. When asked about the white kit they were going to wear prior to the game, Cristiano said: “I like wearing the white colors”. It brought me a giggle. And after the match he was asked if he’s going to stay in Manchester next season to which he responded “I don’t know”. Could he be part of Florentino Perez’s summer project? It’s very possible. Cristiano Ronaldo is an overt Madridista and there’s no secret about it. He criticized Fergy’s tactics after the match, and his feud with Puyol during the match must add extra incentive to move to Madrid for revenge next season.
Here are the full match highlights:
But the good thing about football, is that the cycle spins rapidly, and the footballing Gods will arise again from Madrid to take their crown back when the Champions League final is played in the Santiago Bernabeu next year. And this is the man who’s going to help them do it:
Florentino Perez held a press conference today at 7PM CET. Although he did not announce any names, it was exactly what we wanted to hear: He has a plan, and Florentino is a man of his word.
Florentino emphasized the importance of :
Youth Players (Granero, Negredo)
The best Spanish players (Xabi Alonso, David Villa y David Silva)
The best players in the World (Ribery, Cristiano, Kaka)
Perez also noted that although he can’t say how much they will spend, there will be at least five signings over the course of this summer. I won’t speculate who exactly is set in stone yet, but I will say what I know: There is apparently a pre-agreement with Kaka and Milan. Galliani and Perez are good friends and the fees have already been agreed. Perez should announce this next week.
Zidane and Valdano are the sporting directors respectively. The former has influence over Frank Ribery, who seems to be on his way out of Bayern, and Zizou will help make make the decision to come to the Bernabeu. Valdano meanwhile has more influence over the coach. It’s reported that current Villareal coach Pellegrini will be announced as Real Madrid’s new coach at around the same time Kaka is introduced.
That’s all for now, but for sure even after these announcements, the transfer window is far from closed.
Now you can kick back and jam to some Lupe.