Last night’s clash between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona in the curtain-raiser in Spanish football ended in pandemonium as players from both sides clashed towards the end of a tense affair. Of course, the accursed men in claret and blue won the contest (again) 3-2 for a 5-4 aggregate victory over the capital club.
The sense of rivalry between the clubs was already tinder-dry enough for a melee to erupt and Marcelo’s tackle on Cesc Fabregas close to the dying minutes of the match sparked the players’ brawl.
I’m not here to highlight the brawl between two clubs which I frequently dislike (I’m Valencianista – Los Che supporter) but to cast the spotlight on the ‘Special One’ and the things that really transpire in his (clearly-inspired but insidious) mind. In the first frame above, the Madrid coach calmly watched Marcelo launching his tackle on Fabregas.
After the free-for-all between the players broke out, he was seen with his coaching staff watching the fight without a trace of emotion. In hindsight though, it was clear that he had wanted to deviously punish someone.
Having made up his mind on a target, he proceeds to execute his plan…
And the target was Francesc Vilanova! The Portuguese coach appeared to pinch the Barcelona’s assistant manager’s right ear. Just look at the relatively emotionless face on the manager.
It was shown that Francesc was minding his own business in the entire affair and naturally wasn’t best-pleased to be subjected to such cowardly attack – he slapped Mourinho at the back of the head. The recipient was briefly angry but just walked back to where he stood.
The Portuguese schemer looking smug after assuming his previous standing spot.
I particularly liked the way he just wanted to partake in the fun by walking up to the unsuspecting Vilanova and gave the victim a piece of his mind. Nice one, Special One – but beat the Blaugranes next time, ok? I guess the capital club is better-equipped to challenge them compared with the other La Liga clubs.
Malaga CF has strengthened considerably with the acquisition of the aging Ruud van Nistelrooy, the tidy but unspectacular Joris Mathijsen and French international Jeremy Toulalan amongst other players but I don’t see them giving the top two teams any serious opposition. Until the next contest between the regional rivals, Mourinho may have had his little fun, but the real joke would be on him if he don’t deliver the La Liga trophy + Champions League glory this season. The Bernabeu directors are not known to be especially tolerant of mediocrity, even in the face of some redeeming minor victories.