REAL ARE THE TARGET

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has said that Spanish clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona are the benchmarks that Manchester City will try to achieve in the next few years.

Roberto Mancini guided Manchester City to their first league title ever this season after a dramatic 3-2 win over QPR on the final day of the season. The club could have so lost the title on the last day of the season after having trailed the match up until the 90th minute. However, Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko scored in the final few minutes of the match to turn the fortunes of the club.

Despite winning the Premier league title, Roberto Mancini indicated that the club will not be restraining from spending a lot of money in the summer. Mancini has spent close to £ 500 million in the last few years since joining City to replace Mark Hughes. However, the Italian has said that Real Madrid and Barcelona are able to sustain their dominance both domestically and in Europe due to their level of spending. In the last two seasons alone, both Real Madrid and Barcelona have spent more than £ 100 million each to bring in players like Fabio Coentrao and Cesc Fabregas respectively.

“Barcelona and Real Madrid every year buy two or three players and spend a lot of money. I think for Manchester City it will be the same. We need to improve. We need to have the strength to play Champions League and Premier League. For this we need to have a good team, a strong team with a good mentality, but I’m sure we will do it,” said Mancini after getting his team to the title. Mancini also said that there was no doubt that his team were the deserved winners of the title.

WHY I HATE REAL MADRID

When Sir Alex Ferguson described the former Madrid board as “that mob” and declared he wouldn’t do business with them many thought he was referring to the club as a whole. And it is understandable why.

They are the epitome of everything that is wrong with the modern game of football.

Diving, tapping up players, hefty debt and buying success are seen as the serious blights on the modern game and Real are guilty of all of these things.

Real followers will argue that Barca are the main culprits of diving and will point to incidents involving Busquets and Mascherano in particular to highlight this. But watch any Real game and you will see that they are at least as guilty if not worse. Ronaldo has not improved since his time at Man United, he stills rolls around in agony at the slightest touch and he is typical of the current Madrid side.

And when it comes to “buying success” no team has ever been as guilty a Real. When they built their Galacticos in the late 90’s and early 00’s they paid well above their capability to bring in the likes of Zidane, Beckham, Ronaldo and many more. They would make a big signing every season and the money would come from outside sources, including the Spanish government.

Nowadays it is very much the same story. The money for the Kaka and Ronaldo transfers was not earned by the club, it was brought in by outsiders and used as a tool in the presidential elections.

The financial truth at the Bernabeu is that Real are in serious levels of debt. Like the so called model club of Barcelona, Real are in serious financial trouble. If there was any club capable of challenging the Classico strangle hold on the Champions League places they would both be at a serious threat of liquidation.

As it happens these two clubs control the top two places and all of the financial power in Spanish football. With two of the greatest club sides to ever grace the game the current La Liga should be the greatest league on the planet, but because of the irresponsible finances and the monopoly of Barca and Real the league is uncompetitive and with the exception of the “El Classico” fixture incredibly dull and predictable.

EMBARASSING

Like the commentators say, it’s embarassing.

The sad matter of fact is that Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest players in the world. He doesn’t need to do this! He could just get the ball, throw it in for his team-mate and then concentrate on nutmegging and setp-over-ing his way to the AC Milan goal.

Instead he chooses Option B, which is to roll around on the floor and partake in some ‘soap opera acting’. Lol.

Van der Vaart out for the Season

Real Madrid midfielder Rafael van der Vaart looks likely to miss the rest of the season after suffering a hamstring injury at Real Zaragoza.

The Holland international tore a hamstring in his left leg and his recovery time has been estimated at two to three weeks which, with just four games remaining in the Primera Division, will more than likely rule him out for the rest of the campaign.

However, Madrid’s head of medical services, Carlos Diez, has not entirely ruled out a return for the 27-year-old in the final match of the season against Malaga.

He told Marca: “Van der Vaart can reduce the time (out) depending on developments.”