Tag: Barcelona 5-0
Jose Mourinho’s name has for a while now been associated with success. A quick look into his professional coaching career will do nothing but prove that no matter where he goes, it seems that success obediently follows. So far this season, the talented Portuguese Manager has worked his way into Real Madrid, one of Spain’s and Europe’s most coveted positions in the sporting world. But with his track of success and championships, comes always a very big load of expectations and responsibilities. Mourinho is known for his charismatic and passionate style. But after thirty minutes of play time in this season’s first Spanish Derby, there was little to be seen from Mourinho.
Yes, it has been a while since Real Madrid won a game against Barcelona. Almost four years now since Real Madrid’s last road victory at the Camp Nou stadium. Sure enough, die-hard madridistas still remember the two goals by Raul and van Nistelroy on Real’s 2-0 win against Barça on October 2006. And yet, since the beginning of the game, it was quite evident that Real Madrid was in for a ride they wouldn’t forget in a very long time. By the time the referee had finished the game, Barcelona had scored 5 goals and had bullied the white team throughout the entire game. Not Benzema or di María or Cristiano Ronaldo had anything to offer against a team so powerful, so well synchronized, so dialed in perfection, that not even money can buy.
Because money can buy a big group of names and a can cut a deal for a big reunion of superstars. But it doesn’t necessarily mean that it can buy you a team worthy of a championship. Just ask the Miami Heat if money is always synonym of success in the professional sports world. To really put things into perspective, you need to consider that Real Madrid’s starting eleven cost 44.8 million dollars a year. That’s more then three times what it costs to bring in Barcelona’s ensemble.
What’s they key for Barcelona’s success? The significant monetary investment that the club has made in its youth academy La Masia. As a matter of fact, only four of the 14 players that played during this game, that is Dani Alves, Eric Abidal, Seydou Keita and David Villa, did not spent many hours in the youth academy, perfecting the close-passing game that has not only been Barça’s signature style but also the key to its most recent success.
And then there was Xavi Hernandez. The 30-year-old Spaniard has been absolutely brilliant in his performances in the Clasico. He has been razor sharp in 3 of his last four games against Real Madrid. In may of 2009, Xavi had 4 assists in Barça’s 6-2 win at the Camp Nou. Then, last year, he was key in the play-making of the two goals that gave Barcelona a 2-0 win at Santiago Bernabeu. He is a brilliant playmakes that has had no trouble when performing on the international stage. He currently holds the record for most passes completed on a single World Cup at 599 passes.
On the 5-0 win on Monday, Xavi completed 110 passes, the highest number in any game in La Liga so far this season. And yes, he scored the first goal in the crusching of their archrival Real Madrid on Monday. Bottom line: It pays off to invest in the future.