TOUGH FOR A CLOUGH BUT IT’S POSSIBLE
THE Champions League semis will be contested by Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus. The same old faces?!
Once again, the best players in the world like Lionel Messi, Thomas Muller, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo have arrived on the big stage.
Whenever we question our own Premier League and why we cannot always compete in the biggest competitions, we do need to cast a thought towards the ability of Real Madrid to just pluck Ronaldo or Bale from the grasp of our English clubs. Because in the end, however hard we look at our game, at our coaching, at our development frameworks, if the best players in the world choose to play at the very biggest clubs, then those clubs will have a huge advantage. I do wonder though whether Brian Clough would have paid these big clubs quite as much respect as we sometimes do.
By focusing on his own team and their abilities he was able to build the confidence that won two European Cups at Nottingham Forest
There comes a time to succeed. And at that time, a team’s players become the best players partly because of the belief that is instilled in them. Like Atletico Madrid last season.
The window of opportunity is narrow because there will always be a Chelsea willing to pay big bucks to sign your Diego Costa – before Real Madrid do the same to Chelsea. And so the world goes round. And so a Clough will always have his chance.