The president of Real Madrid, Florentino Perez, is desperate to bring some good cheer to the Bernabeu, for various reasons. The best way of doing that, of course, is to win things, but that will have to wait for next season. Perez must get the fans and players believing, however, and that means some new players to go with the new manager. Right at the top of the transfer wish list, apparently, is Gareth Bale.
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The new French champions are not making it easy for Real Madrid in their pursuit of a new manager, to the extent that officials at the Bernabeu are having to think about who else they could get to replace the departing Jose Mourinho. PSG have already hit back at Real about a possible pre-contract agreement and have denied a request by Ancelotti to be allowed to leave.
The French club is playing hard and will demand hefty compensation plus a promise not to sign any of the club’s players and it might just prove to be too much trouble. There are two fairly obvious possible alternatives to the Italian and they have both leaving clubs after successful seasons, unlike Mourinho.
Real Madrid know all about Robert Lewandowski. The Polish international striker has been a real thorn in the side of Madrid this season. He scored against Real in the group stages of the Champions League and led Borussia Dortmund to top the group ahead of Madrid. The real damage came in the semi-final, when his four goals in the first leg effectively ended the tie.
The new French champions really mean business. They are one of the few clubs in the world of football that can compete financially with Real Madrid, thanks to the takeover by the Qatari Investment Authority a few years ago. Having won the French Ligue 1 title this season and pushed Barcelona very close in the Champions League quarter-finals, their spending shows no signs of slowing down.
Real Madrid could have a real problem on their hands, if the stories in the media about their approach to the new French champions is true that is. Although there is still no official announcement or even acknowledgemnet that Jose Mourinho will leave the Bernabeu this summer, it is the worst kept secret in sport.
It seems as if Florentino Perez and officials at Madrid have decided that the 53-year old Italian, Carlo Ancelotti, is the man to succeed Mourinho, but his current club have rejected the approach by Real, according to the PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi.
Throughout his career, Jose Mourinho has been known for saying surprising things to the media, but since he arrived at Real Madrid he has taken it to another level. At times during his reign at the Bernabeu, he has seemed more intent on his battles with the Spanish press than he has on football and this is one of the main reasons that the fans of the club never really took to him.
One of the main reasons Jose Mourinho was brought to Real Madrid was to win the Champions League. Having already won it with Porto and Inter Milan, Mourinho was seen as having a fantastic pedigree in the competition and so would have a great chance or winning a record 10th European cup for the club. It is now more than 10 years since Vicente Del Bosque led the Galacticos to success in 2002.
Real Madrid have played Borussia Dortmund three times already this season and have yet to win a game. That will count for nothing tonight, however, as long as the Madrid players run out onto the pitch at the Bernabeu ready to give everything for the improbable comeback.
It would not be the first time that a Real Madrid side pulled off a miracle like this. Previous statistics do offer some hope to Jose Mourinho and his players, as Madrid have won 17 of their 23 home games against German teams. Three of those wins would have been enough to see us into the final. 4-0 against Munchengladbach in 1985, 5-1 against Cologne in 1986 and 3-0 against Bayer Leverkusen in 1998.
Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid need all the help they can get ahead of tomorrow’s massive game at the Bernabeu tomorrow. Trailing Borussia Dortmund 4-1 from the first leg, the club has been sweating over the fitness of Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese star scored the only goal for Madrid in the first leg, but also picked up a thigh problem and had to miss the game against Real Betis on Saturday.
The good news for Madrid is that Ronaldo went through a normal training session with his team mates today and there was no sign of any problems. The Spanish champions have a mountain to climb against last year’s German champions, but the away goal gives hope.
Geoffrey Kondogbia has been one of the best young players in the Spanish Primera Liga this season. Real Madrid are just one of the big clubs linked with a possible transfer this summer and the 20-year old Sevilla midfielder has offered plenty of encouragement to officials at the Bernabeu who may be considering signing him.
With Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City all believed to be keen on the French under-20 international, Kondogbia was asked about a possible move from Sevilla this summer and which of the clubs most interested him and he was fairly unequivocal in his reply.