Only Chelsea and United have spent more since the arrival of the Catalan to the Premier in 2016. The sheikhs yearn for the Champions League, but the club environment does not press: “Look where we come from”
No more years of hurt (no more years of pain). in the catacombs of etihad stadium the past is not forgotten. The phrases extolling the titles of the golden age of Manchester City under the mandate of Abu Dhabi and the direction of Pep Guardiola They also remember some terrible decades in which the club was nothing more than a United’s distant shadowseparated to the East of a city that only lived and felt the red of Old Trafford. fate was not citizen and the fans got used to it. That is why now that he is sailing on success, the slogans that fill the walls of his stadium are relief and not ambition. And for that reason, a few hours after playing the Champions against Madrid, at City, a club that before Arab money was part of the middle zone of the Premier and now accumulates more than billion spent on transfers in the last 7 seasons, we talk about sleep and not pressure. We do not settle, but it is that look where we come fromcommented a source to this newspaper.
The mindset has been the hardest to change, they insist. And she understands herself looking at the man who has changed almost everything. Guardiola’s words and decisions, who has already spent more years on the Manchester bench than in Barcelona, are the style book for a club bent on their wishes. And Pep, aware of everything, is one before the press and another in the offices. And that is why his fans do not finish demanding what he, his board and his staff have between their eyebrows: the Champions League.
Yesterday, sitting at the press conference for another continental semifinal, Guardiola once again kept a low profile. It’s a dream to be here my legacy is already exceptionalThey’ve had a hell of a time here with us, you don’t have to put so much pressure on yourself… But first, Kyle Walker he unconsciously contradicted him: The investment of the owners has been very high. We owe them the Champions. Guardiola, one of the best coaches in history, key to understanding football in the 21st century, has danced on that contradiction since 2010… And one of the coaches whose teams have spent the most in the last decade.
“Quarry against portfolio”, the beginning
They will remember the years of quarry against portfolio. Spanish football was divided, as always, between Barcelona and Madrid and football reality proclaimed a slogan that stuck with an entire generation. Guardiola’s Bara, Messi and the best fifth in the history of La Masa ruled Europe while on the other side of the air bridge, Florentino left more than 200 million in a single summer between Cristiano, Kak, Benzema and Xabi Alonso to rebuild a wounded Madrid. The phrase made sense at the time, but time and its protagonists have adulterated it to the point of almost harming themselves, including Guardiola himself, who a decade and 1,000 million after leaving the Camp Nou crosses paths with Madrid again.
TO Zeros we can’t beat Madrid, but we will try to gain enthusiasm, said the man from Santpedor in the midst of a media battle with Mourinho. Guardiola left Bara after winning 14 titles, including 2 Champions and 3 Leagues. An extraordinary domain that Bara has not touched again. The technician changed Barcelona for Munich and Manchester, where he is about to raise his 5 Premier, another national success. However, and although he did not promulgate it, the construction of the dynasty citizen since 2016 it has been very different from the approach I defended at the Camp Nou.
A negative balance: 666 million
The reality and necessity of sheikh titleswho have seen City fall in the Champions League against Monaco (eighth 2017), Liverpool (rooms), Tottenham (rooms), lyons (rooms), Chelsea (end) and Madrid (semis), have pushed Guardiola to seven years of sidereal spendingbut the one from Santpedor has not moved away from his speech. We cannot afford to spend like others dohe said in 2018. With these prices, we can’t afford a strikerI insisted on 2021. There many clubs that have gone crazy investing and doing things only for the Champions League, he repeated last week.
Guardiola has maintained on his side the argument of a alleged economic weakness, but the data offers an entirely different version. Since the technician’s arrival in Manchester in 2016City is the fourth club that has spent the most in signings, €1.240 millionand accumulates a negative balance between income and expenses 666 millionhe third in the world behind the Manchester Utd (-901) and the Chelsea (-805).
The eleven of Madrid cost less than half
Opposite, in that period the Madrid is the 13th on the planet in expenses (706 million) and the 146 if we take into account the accumulated balance with income. While the greats of English football are close to a billion negative balance since 2016the white set is positive, with a profit of 10 million in these years
Guardiola has signed Stones for 55 millionto Walker by 52, to Rodri for 70, to Grealish by 118, to Haaland for 60… His starting eleven has cost 687 millionfor the 278less than half, that Madrid has spent on its gala line-up, with the 50 million Militao as the highest transfer figure.
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