Angel Di Maria, former Real Madrid star, gave an interview for the French canal network “beIN Sport” while preparing for the clash with Brazil.
“Since I left los Merengues, they didn’t win anything. So, I belive I left at the perfect time in the best way.”
Angel Di Maria won not only “La Decima” with Real Madrid but also the UEFA Super Cup (2014), La Liga (2011/12), the Copa del Rey (2010/11 & 2013/14) and the Supercopa de Espana in 2012.
And yes, Di Maria is right. Since he left/was sold to Manchester United no titles were won anymore. And Di Maria is quite clear that it was not him who wanted to leave: “After winning ‘La Decima’, I thought of many years to come in Madrid, but … this is football.”
But as provocative the headline might apear, Angel Di Maria says he has lots of good memories of Madrid: His daughter was born in Spain and thats were they saved her life.
Cristiano Ronaldo brought Real Madrid ahead with a neat finish followed by some good work by youngstar Lucas Vazquez. No Real Madrid player has provided more assists than Lucas Vázquez in La Liga this season – three!
Than it was Danilo, whith his firts goal for los Merengues.
In the rest of the first 45 minutes it was Kaylor Navas who secured Real Madrid the lead, as the Celticos fiercley fought back but could not beat the Costa Rican international.
Real Madrid haven’t conceded a goal at the half time in the 12 games played in all competitions this season
Celta Vigo‘s afternoon went from bad to worse in the second half when Gustavo Cabral was sent off on 56 minutes.
Nevertheless Celta Vigo pulled one back on 85 minutes through a stunning strike by forward Nolito. Eduardo Berizzos side tried everything to make it level, but it was Marcelo who set the final point deep into injury time.
The galician side have finished their second best run without a defeat in La Liga (13 games).
During the last 8 years Real Madrid spent €51,2 million to contract players who have been Real Madrid players before!!!
This season only sums up to a staggering €14,5 million for players who have been already with Real Madrid before.
Of course such things do happen everywehre, but Real Madrid is somewhat special in this case. Sometimes we sell players just to buy them back one season later and to load them off one or two seasons afterwards.
Ok, so we sacked the coach who won “La Decima” for and with us and installed a new manager. A manager who has won just 2 minor titles (Chelsea: 2013 Europa League and SSC Napoli: 2014 Italian Cup) in the last 7 years – Rafael Benitez.
A coach who is famous for his sometimes overly defensive approach. I think we can all agree that we only can hope.
One hope is that Real Madrid will further strengthen its squad.
So far Real Madrid has signed Danilo and resigned Casemiro from FC Porto. Both Brazilian internationals will have to fight for a place in the starting XI.
Video: Best of Danilo 2014/15
Video: Best of Casemiro 2014/15
Further 19 years old offensive Marco Asensio joins Los Merengues from RCD Mallorca. Although an outstanding talent we don’t expect to see Asensio very often in a game of the senior team in the 2015/16 season.
Video: Best of Marco Ansensio
Last but not least there is left winger Denis Cheryshev whos loan spell at Villarreal CF is ending. Let’s see if the Russian comes back permanently or will go on loan again. Maybe he will substitute Chicarito Hernandez who will rejoin Manchester United after his loan ended.
Video: Best of Denis Cheryshev
Sami Khedira is said to be on the jump back to Bundesliga or Juventus Torino.
So far so bad – I can’t see how Real Madrid will do better next season with this coach and no outstanding additions to the squad (although Danilo and Casemiro will have some impact for sure).