Whilst Chelsea remain hopefully of bringing Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho back to Stamford Bridge, perhaps the Portuguese manager could offer them an insight based on his failings in the Spanish capital.
Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund this evening in their second-leg semi-final clash of this term’s Champions League. They are 4-1 down to last season’s Bundesliga winners, despite having spent an incredible €446,650,000 more on transfer fees alone in the last 5 years.
During that same period Dortmund have won twice the number of championship titles than Real Madrid and have actually made a profit in the transfer market in that same period of €1.9 million.
Where Real Madrid, the continent’s most extravagant spenders in the modern era or the game by a long mile, have failed to dominate La Liga over rivals Barcelona, never mind dominate European football the way they have traditionally.
Borussia Dortmund have brought in 29 players and sold 31 in that same 5-year period, averaging a net profit of €65,517 per player compared to Real’s average net losses of €12,146,154 per player over their 26 players brought in and 19 players sold.
These are just figures unless you give them a context, I recognize that. The context is that Real Madrid, along with Barcelona, have been for generations the powerhouses of European football and last week both of those La Liga giants were toppled by their Bundesliga counterparts.
You could look at the two Spanish teams’ defeats as anomalies or you could try to draw conclusions and attach meaning to these results. Even Bayern Munich who are by far the biggest and most powerful Bundesliga team with greatest spending might behind them, have spent less than half of what Real Madrid have in the last 5 years, and around two thirds of what Barcelona have.
Where do Chelsea come into all of this I hear you ask? Well, Chelsea, along with Manchester City, are the big-spenders of the Premier League. Last year’s champions of Europe haven’t won the English title since 2009/10 and in the same 5-year period as Real Madrid have won it just once – they are the Premier League’s equivalent of Real Madrid.
Chelsea have in that same period spent £326.8 million on transfers which equates to €387 million. Contrast that with this season’s title winners Manchester United who have spent £184.85 million in that same period, just over half what the Blues have and yet they’ve won three championships (three times the amount Chelsea have over the same period).
If Jose Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge this summer less hope he brings with him the lessons of Real Madrid’s failings – money alone cannot buy you titles.
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