Mourinho and Benitez are ruining the beautiful game, says Jorge Valdano

valdano2.jpgEx-Real Madrid coach and World Cup winner Jorge Valdano has attacked Rafael Benitez and Jose Mourinho, likening the Champions League semi-final between Liverpool and Chelsea to ‘a shit hanging from a stick’.
Writing in Spanish newspaper Marca, Valdano said: ‘Football is made up of subjective feeling, of suggestion – and, in that, Anfield is unbeatable. Put a shit hanging from a stick in the middle of this passionate, crazy stadium and there are people who will tell you it’s a work of art. It’s not: it’s a shit hanging from a stick.
‘Chelsea and Liverpool are the clearest, most exaggerated example of the way football is going: very intense, very collective, very tactical, very physical, and very direct,’ he continued. ‘But, a short pass? Noooo. A feint? Noooo. A change of pace? Noooo. A one-two? A nutmeg? A backheel? Don’t be ridiculous. None of that. The extreme control and seriousness with which both teams played the semi-final neutralised any creative licence, any moments of exquisite skill.
‘If Didier Drogba was the best player in the first match it was purely because he was the one who ran the fastest, jumped the highest and crashed into people the hardest. Such extreme intensity wipes away talent, even leaving a player of Joe Cole’s class disoriented. If football is going the way Chelsea and Liverpool are taking it, we had better be ready to wave goodbye to any expression of the cleverness and talent we have enjoyed for a century.’
Bravo Senor Valdano – I couldn’t agree more.

Valdano then argued that Benitez and Mourinho were to blame for this strangulation of creativity:
‘The lives of Mourinho and Benitez have crossed in a world that is ever more scrutinised and exposed by the media, which is why they look at each other with such distrust, but they have two things in common: a previously denied, hitherto unsatisfied hunger for glory, and a desire to have everything under control.
‘Both of those things stem from one key factor: neither Mourinho nor Benitez made it as a player. That has made them channel all their vanity into coaching. Those who did not have the talent to make it as players do not believe in the talent of players, they do not believe in the ability to improvise in order to win football matches. In short, Benitez and Mourinho are exactly the kind of coaches that Benitez and Mourinho would have needed to have made it as players.’
What a brilliant analysis. Do you agree with Valdano?

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  1. mof gimmers says:

    Genius. That’s beats anything Hollo has said all season. I’m teary it’s so good.

  2. Mike says:

    Intelligent and thoughtful but also honest and passionate. Brilliant.

  3. OmegaSupremeho says:

    Smart cookie, bang on the money. He’s an obi-wan to Holloway’s Yoda.

  4. andrew says:

    i agree completely. that lack of creativity is what makes me worry for the future of football as i watch game after game. is there any coming back from it? i doubt it. clubs have painted themselves in that corner of getting the fastest and most physical players, not the most skilled.

  5. Matt Parker says:

    Who said footballers could string a sentence together?
    That’s hit the nail on the head.

  6. Matt Parker says:

    Bugger, meant to say couldn’t.

  7. Stuey says:

    ha ha ha. Quote of the decade.

  8. GoldenSilva says:

    Interesting stuff, and I agree up to a point. Matches between Chelsea and Liverpool are usually stupefyingly boring, but I wouldn’t blame this on the fact that neither managers quite made it as players. If you’ll allow me to throw an Arsenal-shaped spanner into the works: Wenger never excelled as a player, and I don’t think you can argue that Arsenal suffer from a lack of skilful and creative players. Whether this wins trophies is another matter entirely.

  9. the manu fan says:

    although i agree with valdano to sum extent, benitez and mourinho do get the job done. he shud put blame on the people behind the managers, that only want to see results, results and results. do you think that abramovich gives a crap about seeing his team play beautiful football a la wenger? or does he prefer having a beautiful trophy collection? you decide.

  10. mike says:

    But what does it say about the nature of the game that ugly “intensity” (or whatever you want to call it) trumps “skill”?

  11. Anonymous says:

    i think that ambramovich wants to see chelsea winning CL in STYLE

  12. chris says:

    I don’t care what he thinks. Madrid are dreadful to watch. All falling over, diving and protesting to referees for everything. The Madrilenos are bitter when they lose…

  13. Michael says:

    Apparently, Abramovich fell in love with the idea of owning a football club when he watched the semi final 2nd leg when Man Utd beat Real 4-3, and he wants to see Chelsea playing the beautiful game like United or Arsenal. That’s why Mourinho was in danger, because his teams are oft so boring

  14. Michael Kane says:

    I love wacthing intensive football personally i am a barca fan and follow the spanish league but players such as drogba and gerrard its their intensity that makes them good to wacth i mean henry is so predictable to the viewer.
    Determind players are always learn new tricks and keep getting better and better