“Nobody says no to Real Madrid” is a thing of past
“Nobody says no to Real Madrid” is a thing of past. Inter Milan captain and star striker Mauro Icardi today gave an interview to Corriere dello Sport. He was asked about his future and what does he thinks about a potential move to Real Madrid? He said without hesitant, “I don’t think this is the right time, given the results.”
Icardi was referring to Los Merengues position in the Spanish Primera division. They are sixth on the La Liga points table. Their poor results haven’t left them untouchable in Champions League as well. CSKA Moscow even registered a victory against the running three time champions.
How quickly things can change in football? Few months ago, Real Madrid were the best in the world, an offer from them, you simply can’t say no to them. There is even an old saying, “Nobody says no to Real Madrid”. But, things have changed in recent months.
Quick departures of Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo have already created lot of buzz and then amid controversy former Spain national team coach Julen Lopetegui didn’t survive four months.
There is no doubt that Real Madrid still have stars and they are quality players, but they are lacking a universal star. Last decade has been ruled by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and no one has got the potential to replace them as long as they are active.
Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Luka Modric, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Isco, and Toni Kroos are still there, but they have failed to bring the winning combination for them. And, now they aren’t even favourite for the future stars.
Neymar and Kylian Mbappe is already committed to stay with PSG. Icardi has completely shown his disliking and Dybala has also rubbished his transfer speculation. It’s not only players, top managers don’t even want Real Madrid job.
During summer to announce Zidane’s successor, Real Madrid lined up five replacement: Mauricio Pochettino, Jurgen Klopp, Julian Nagelsmann, Massimiliano Allegri, and Joachim Low before agreeing on the name of Julen Lopetegui.
In an interview, a journalist asked Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino’s interest in Real Madrid’s job quoting “Nobody says no to Real Madrid”. Journalist said, “This is the 13 time European champions, arguably the biggest club in the world, surely it would be impossible for you to turn them down? Nobody says no to Real Madrid.”
Pochettino gave a classic answer, “For you it’s impossible. You think? Yeah, but you’re not me.”
Zidane’s successor Julen Lopetegui didn’t survive four months. The same problem existed after Lopetegui’s sacking as well. Antonio Conte and Michael Laudrup didn’t turn up for the job and B team coach Santiago Solari become Lopetegui’s replacement. Laudrup agent even told AS newspaper, “Bearing in mind how things have been going at Real Madrid, now’s not the right moment. He doesn’t want to return to the clubs regardless of the circumstances.”
Things could be different to different players or managers. There are few like Eden Hazard who still thinks that “White shirt is special”. He doesn’t care whether Zinedine Zidane is still managing the club or not. But, there are very few in today’s date, who thinks that “Nobody says no to Real Madrid”.
“Nobody says no to Real Madrid” is a thing of past, at least for now. Santiago Solari is not going to bring a major overhaul. Existing players may be happy with him as long as he delivers results. But, they didn’t seem to be a happy unit. Isco who was no.1 choice under Lopetegui is warming the bench for Solari. It doesn’t give very good feedback for others who want to join the club.
The future roadmap doesn’t look clear for future joiners. The strategies, mission, football philosophy, and playing style are not in sync. Buying great players and mix them with Spanish talent is no longer a virtue at the club after Lopetegui’s sacking. Game’s greatest players don’t want to join them and Spaniards are not very happy with their former national team manager’s sacking. Nobody says no to Real Madrid is clearly a thing of past.