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Jose Juninho Edition: 16 Dec 2023

Another Jose Juninho Edition of the Daily Thread

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This is probably going to be chaos (thank you marca) so I’m just going to get ahead of it...



Bienvenido al Jose Juninho Edition de The Daily Merengue — a place where you can feel free to discuss all things football. Do not be alarmed by the overt RMCF bias. It’s in the name!

Shoutout to the moderators who do a fantastic job, Valyrian Steel, KungFuZizou, NeRObutBlanco, Felipejack, and LONG LIVE JOSE Juninho!!!


Ready for A Renewal??

“I can arrive in England and express my opinion. If criticism were ferocious and without intellectual objectivity they should show me the way to their airport. It is important to have an opinion and not be afraid to express it, knowing there will be criticism.”

Ok so I’m already prepping for this DT to be insane so I’m just going to dedicate the majority of this time to present a rational case that hopefully can dilute some of the silliness and infighting. MARCA reports that Carlo will allegedly be meeting with Flo in the upcoming days and is closer to renewing his contract than leaving for Brazil. Let’s examine a few POVs.

Carlo POV: A renewal makes sense. He appears to enjoy coaching as well as coaching at Madrid. He has a good relationship with the majority of the team, and he is currently winning despite injuries, lack of squad depth, and busy FIFA schedule. Additionally, the Brazilian NT is a mess from top to bottom (sorry felipe). A renewal now is a coaching / financial safety net incase the rest of the season falls apart.

Club POV: A renewal right now somewhat makes sense. Carlo is a good fit with the club structure and framework. Regardless of whether the board truly trusts him with a rebuild or tactically, he has continued to show moderate yearly success despite several challenges. As of Dec 16, it is not guaranteed that Xabi Alonso will leave Bayer and it is not guaranteed that a new manager will bring success. Of course, it isn't guaranteed that Carlo will win trophies this season but it is guaranteed that Carlo could sign a contract with a competitor or NT in January.

Jose Juninho POV: I can’t deny that Carlo has done an amazing job so far this season and has rectified many of last year’s sins (e.g., consistently starting KM, single-pivot Kroos, etc.). Although I still get frustrated with his rotations, conservative approach to facing big teams (particularly Barca who really aren’t good), and critiques of younger players v veterans, Carlo is simply winning. And winning masks all perceived deficiencies. If he wins this season, he should be rewarded. Therefore, Jose Juninho’s official position is that it’s too early to renew Carlo and I’d rather risk losing him in the summer to Brazil than to renew him now. Wait until the end of the season.

For a while (since right before Zizou 2.0), I’ve challenged RM to hire a manager with new ideas. Yes, there is a realistic chance that this new manager fails, but imo it could be beneficial to have a new perspective on RM as a sporting organization and football club. I would appreciate objective evaluations on whether our training regimen makes sense, whether Castilla players actually deserve to be rotated and whether some veterans have grown a bit complacent (maybe Alaba??). I would love someone new to say “Yes, Real Madrid are winning but how are they winning and are there recommendations for us to win La Liga at the rate of Man City?” For someone to remind us not to become complacent with our current standing and forget that there is more to achieve. IMO dynasties often need new revolutionary minds to galvanize societies towards evolving. If that means keeping Carlo but hiring a more hands-on sporting director than so be it, but I doubt that happens. Ultimately, the revolution is here and now is time we find a new face for this complete turnover.

A New CB?

New reports link Real Madrid to a Lille CB with a hefty price. I wish I could provide a Jose Juninho take on this news but I earnestly don’t know much about Leny Yoro.


Should RM sign a new CB?

This poll is closed

  • 51%
    (202 votes)
  • 48%
    No — promote Rafa Marin
    (192 votes)
394 votes total Vote Now

— Juninho

“Until Next Time”

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