Boy how times flies! This will be the last Bernabeu Bites of 2011! Have no fear dear readers, because we shall return in the new year with more of the coverage you love on your favorite team! And just remember, friends don't let friends become FC Bacelona fans -- it's just common sense.
We've heard now that both AC Milan and Chelsea FC are interested in Kaka's services, so it's time to add another team to the list. This time its French club Paris Saint-Germain -- they do have the money to throw around not to mention David Beckham has been rumored to be moving to the club since he is out of contract with Major League Soccer. PSG is now under new management as former Chelsea FC manager (who isn't a former Chelsea Manager?) Carlo Ancelloti is now at the helm.
PSG have the money to spend, as during the summer window they shelled out 90 million euros in transfers. With Javier Pastore's running form not living up to expectations, they could use a creative attacking midfielder to pick up some of the slack -- and Kaka could be that midfielder.
With Real Madrid sitting top of the table, three points clear of FC Barcelona, some detractors are trying to find any way they can to disparage the club. The latest in attempts to belittle the team comes in the form of "Well you're more about results, than attractive football". Now my first thought is, aren't results what matter? I mean, you could play the most beautiful football anyone has ever seen, but if you're not winning...what's the point?
Either way, Jose Mourinho let the press and detractors know that they're putting a couple of scoops of crazy in their cornflakes at breakfast.
"Real Madrid play very well. If anyone says that we don't and that we are only interested in results, they are lying," he pointed out in an interview with the club's official website on Friday. "We play well, we entertain and the people want to see us. We have the Santiago Bernabeu, whatever the game and against whoever, always completely full and it takes a few people to fill the Bernabeu."
Mou is pretty much telling people to suck it. Though he's putting it in better words than I am.
Speaking of detractors, I was wondering why there were a plethora of interviews with former FC Barcelona manager, player and general hater of all things Real Madrid, Johan Cruyff. Well I figured it out, as some know the Dutchman is the manager for the Catalunya national team -- which is pretty much ALL filled with FC Barcelona players. And yesterday his team had a international friendly with Tunisia -- more on that in a minute.
Now he's telling the press that Real Madrid is unlucky to have to play in the same domestic league as FC Barcelona, and that if they were anywhere else they'd be on top. Look for the backhanded complement in this quote:
"In terms of quality, Real Madrid are the most difficult opponent, they are a great team," said Cruyff. "It is bad luck that they play in the same league as Barcelona, [because] in any other division, they would be the best team."
-- Johan Cruyff
What I find somewhat entertaining is that his team comprised of Barcelona players played to a 0-0 draw with Tunisia in that friendly I mentioned earlier.
Joe Cole, a former Chelsea midfielder who is now playing for Lille in France, believes that his former boss Jose Mourinho should still be at the helm for English Premier side Chelsea FC.
"Of course they should have carried on [with Mourinho]. It’s plainly obvious he should still be there. "He was a big, big influence on my career."
Cristiano Ronaldo was recently in Dubai for the Global Soccer convention and stated that la Liga is the best in the world, even though his stint with Manchester United taught him the basic's of the game - he learned to become more of a complete footballer in Spain and feels that the competition is a lot tougher in Spain than in England.
"When I was at Manchester United, I learned the basic rules of football, especially the discipline of tackling, but la Liga is the best in the world because it is based on players' skills and technique."
FC Barcelona's resident flopper and loud mouth Dani Alves is once again talking out of his arse. He believes for some unknown reason that Real Madrid isn't a threat, and really isn't something Barca should worry about.
"We do not expect much from them [Real Madrid]. All the praise is for Barca which hurts them. We are behind them in the table but we still get to play them in Barcelona and we can cut the points back to win the title," the former Sevilla man told Cuatro.
He also goes on to say that FC Barcelona should not wait until 2014 to sign Neymar, but rather they should do it now.
"The best time [to sign] Neymar is now. We do not want to wait two years. I hope he can come here soon," he concluded.
What's this "we" crap, Dani or are you going to do Pep's job for him now? I mean you barely make a passable right back, so maybe coaching would be better for you?
According to Sky Sports, Philadelphia Union and United States international Freddie Adu will be training with Rayo Vallencano for a couple of weeks. Also of note: Theirry Henry is returning to Arsenal on a two-month loan from the New York Red Bulls of the MLS.
Santos President Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro is preparing for a war in 2014. That war you ask? Well it's for Neymar's signature on the dotted line of course.
"Barca do not have any first option on Neymar," he told RAC1. "I can assure he'll stay until 2014, then a war will start. In 2014, his contract will be up and he can sign for another club if he so chooses. "Barca and Madrid both made a formal, written offer for Neymar. Madrid's bid was the highest, Barca's more long-term. I have a very strong commitment to the truth.
With Neymar the issue was basic. He has incredible potential - he's one of a kind. "He's very young, at 19. I felt to sell now was to sell the future. All the fans in Brazil love him and that is a priceless heritage for Barca and so we made every possible sacrifice for continuity - rejecting offers, even millions."