More Money,More Problems?
Sometime around the 90s three teams tore away from the rest and emerged as the leaders of the pack in global footballing recognition terms.
We all know who they are and yes they are giants of the game but when you look at the current conditions of all three clubs one simply must wonder if they have taken their collective eyes of the ball or did they simply believe they could just buy success ?
That the money would bring glory ?
That success can be bought?
I think they are all finding it brings extra scrutiny actually, and pressures they would all rather do without right now.
The beautiful game is constantly in flux and its students such as ourselves can and should be learning all the time. Flip the clock back 15 or 20 years and it’s hard to imagine the trio not going on to dominate long term. Of course history is littered with teams who rested on their laurels and then were unprepared for a strong rival,but that’s my point-why did none of the three see this coming if there are numerous examples in history to study?
I’ve blogged before about how Liverpool had the world at their feet in the 80s yet let it all slip away to become an also ran,much to their fanbases dismay.
There is an argument to say that it was good for the game itself to share the spoils and keep it interesting.
However the fact that no one seems to be able to hit the top and stay there is very noteworthy.
Is it too difficult?
The egos involved dont have the vision?
Or is the game just not set up to be dominated long term ?
Whatever the reason or reasons are for this are we cant expect everyone to keep messing up. At some stage someone somewhere will hit on the right formula .
Well,I certainly expect that to happen.
The obvious thing to do for the mega rich is to throw money at their problems,but this has proven to be detrimental and can divide dressing rooms with high earning prima Donna’s thinking they have made it due to the pay packet and not the medals as it should be.
Also each time they splash the cash its overwhelmingly talent they are buying and ignoring the more important personality and character of the new signing.
This is no more evident than the current most expensive player in the world who is getting booed by his own fans and wants to leave.
Now we have also the fact that these three giants are not winning the biggest prize and dont seem close to it. This alone should show their models are flawed,being outdone by less paid but more motivated and up for it opponents. As fans we should rejoice in this fact for it keeps everyone on their toes.
But the behemoths themselves are under big pressure for instant success and the revamp and back to basics approach needed to set down solid foundations isn’t always welcomed by fans demanding the best signings available and three points delivered with flair.
That’s a vicious cycle.
Three of the four semi finalists in last years big Cup were not of the traditional top three teams which was great to see for many.
It’s also a huge pointer,that slow organic growth based on real solid teamwork and ethic can and will trump a bling team thrown together.
Hopefully we will see a repeat again this year which should in theory prompt owners to abandon throwing the cash at the problem in favour of correct recruitment favouring team building rather than supreme talent, which btw is winning less and less games by themselves.
With Leo and CR7 in the twilight of their careers we might just be seeing the last ” just get him the ball ” players at the top level , for a while at least.
Current trends show the entire squad must be prepared to step up and show belief when required. It’s teamwork and imagination that is coming out on top these days.
Galacticos might be real but when looking at how Neymar and Hazard are getting along it’s hard not to feel the game has quite simply moved on.
Build teams, dont just buy talent. Something our club of choice seem to have cottoned onto by already having the next generation on hand and under contract waiting to grab chances ideally.
It’s the smarter play these days.
As the big three are found out,its tough at the top.
And they just weren’t smart enough to manage to stay there.
Let’s see if the new lot can buck that trend.
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