An interesting “open letter” to Real Madrid’s President, Florentino Perez, has been making its rounds, expressing fans’ frustration at the sale of Angel di Maria, and the purchase of James Rodriguez recently. And after Real’s disappointing 2-1 loss to city rivals Atletico, the contents of this letter are likely to resonate with fans.
Ancelotti’s side have already been beaten twice in their opening three La Liga games, and they have a five-point lead over their rivals. They now sit at 13th place on the league table, which is almost unthinkable, by Madrid standards. In addition, fans are angry that the lynchpin of La Decima last season, di Maria, was sold to Man United after arguably being poorly treated by the President and prevented from playing at the World Cup finals. In all, it’s terrible news for them.
“Yet, Florentino, you fell into the same exact trap that you did 12 years ago. You fell in love with glamorous, marketable talent and shunned the lynchpin of your team’s success.
“I get it. James Rodriguez is sexy. He sells shirts, tickets and is undoubtedly a very talented player. Yet, his acquisition was completely unnecessary and caused a conundrum for Carlo Ancelotti who is obviously under immense pressure to play the young Colombian- and play him out of position. The question remains “Why put another layer of gold paint on the Bentley when you are losing the entire engine?” Your mistreatment of talent can be truly mind-boggling. Demanding, not asking, that Angel di Maria not participate in the World Cup Final revealed your true character.” – Jordan Shalom (Managingmadrid.com)
Meanwhile, Valencia sailed to a 3-1 victory over Espanyol, while arch rivals Barcelona enjoyed a comfortable 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao.