By Walter Broeckx
We should have spend the fucking money. Now if we look at the current Champions league this looks to be a bit strange.
Manchester United has spend a lot of money and for the moment it seems to work for them. Both in the league and in the CL. He who’s name we will not mention is fit and we can only wait for the moment when he falls in to his old habits of being out for half a season or so. I would like it to happen on February 1.
Chelsea has spent an enormous amount of money. In such a way that it looks as if financial fair play is only a wild dream that will have no effect in the next seasons. And in the Premier League it seems to work out mostly fine for the moment. We still have to see how Hazard and Oscar react when the season enters the hard winter weeks and see if they can keep it up as they do now.
But in the Champions League it is another story. We are not happy with 6 points of a possible 9. Mostly because the football was rather poor. But Chelsea a team that has no injuries at all and is playing in a group that has one (with all respect before angry Nordsjaelland supporters attack me) rather easy game. In our group we have a team of what could be the best league in the world for the moment (Yes the Bundesliga I mean) and two teams that won the title last season.
But despite spending all the money Chelsea has only 4 points so far. So spending the money can help but it isn’t the solution completely it seems.
And if we look at the new rich boys it is rather shocking. Manchester City have only 1 point after 3 games. I know they are in the most difficult group of the CL with 3 real top teams. Real Madrid is a spending-money machine. As is City of course. Dortmund is a sensible spending-the-money team. Working with a lot of own youth team players and a few players bought on the cheap. And selling their best players every season. I’ve heard that before I think.
But the 4th team in that group is Ajax. Great history, great youth academy. But well the Dutch league is not the most famous in the world. In fact maybe it should be because the football that is on display is not just high quality most of the time but it is one of the leagues where most teams play an open and attacking game most of the time. A manager that does this (parking the bus) more than 3 times in a season gets crucified by the media, I think.
But Ajax is one of the better teams in the Dutch league. In fact they are only 4th in the league some 5 points behind the leaders Twente. And Ajax is having severe financial troubles and has to sell their best players to keep their head above water. And they always find another youth player coming through to fill the gap. It is amazing in fact and I think something that Wenger is working on. But those things don’t come easy and it takes at least 10 years if not more to get that far.
So when Manchester City, the champions of England go to Ajax it is to take the 3 points home. Manchester City one of the the richest teams on earth against a team struggling to survive financially. So no big names to buy. Just youth players from their own academy and a returning well known player like Babel.
And yet they won against Manchester City and leave City last in the group with only 1 point. And with Dortmund on top of the group and Real Madrid in second place it looks that the best thing Manchester City can hope is to join the Europa league.
And that with spending all the money they have spend over the last season? With all the players sitting on the bench being paid loads of money. For teams like City and Chelsea even having 8 or 9 players out is no excuse. For Arsenal it is because we live in a different world financially. But they have hardly injuries and certainly Manchester City looks close to the exit door of the CL. Once again. If Real Madrid and Dortmund draw their game with City they are in fact out of it.
Of course this doesn’t justify us playing badly. But it should ring a bell and make people realise that there is no “easy” solution. The easy solution “spending” big is no guarantee for success.
And if you say that we should have kept our best players like Cesc, Nasri and he who’s name we will not mention… it was their will to leave us. It was them wanting to get out. For the money, for the whatever reason you can say. It was them not signing the contracts Arsenal proposed. Or even wanting out despite having years on the contract.
Arsenal was forced to sell them for various reasons. Not because we really wanted them out the door.
Life goes in cycles. So does the life of a football club. Certainly a football club that is being ran in the way we do it. In a cautious way so as not to bring our long term future in danger. If we like this way or not, it is the way it is for the moment. Unless you have money like an oil or gas baron there is nothing you can do about it.
Yes it can help spending money. But for the moment Chelsea and Manchester City are not really good advertising boards for this way of running a football club. Well not in the Champions League so far.
Just imagine… Manchester City not even qualifying for the Europa League. Well the thought of it can even bring a little smile to my face. Just for a short moment it takes away the sour taste of our own defeat.
Maybe it is time for Man City to try a different type of football game like the ones on offer at Ladbrokes casino online. They might have more chance of winning a game of Soccer Safari that winning a Champions League match at the minute.
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