Javier Valdano: Madridismo for Beginners

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Big differences. Five classics later, Barca strike the Bernabeu in their own famous way. He played well, attacked a lot, won with authority and starved of late. For Barca, the style gives it an aristocratic dignity and in the form of a shirt Catalonia’s Senera confirms it as more than a club. All this is a cultural load that justifies the existence of Barca even above the result. Madrid, on the other hand, feels universal with their Spanish identity and victory is their main reason for being there. He likes to do it by giving a show, but without any contextual style. The show can be called Di Stefano, Raul, Zidane or Modric because it is more tied to the quality of the players than a fixed idea. The “Unarmed Army of Catalonia” loves to conquer Madrid. For Madrid, more than losing a game, the thing that humiliates them is the loss of a title.

Madrid both. There was a world of difference between PSG and Barca not only in terms of football. The Bernabeu is bipolar, it has a dual personality. It is almost always a stadium that looks out, as if it were a theatre. It was Puska who said from time immemorial that “Madrid fans don’t scream because their mouths are full”. He has seen so much and so much good that he thinks everything is small. There are times when the silence is so uncomfortable that players run in self-defense to avoid being overtaken by apathy. That yes, suddenly, in games that are at a loss, a goal hits a switch and the stadium becomes epic. This is when a pack of 80,000 Savages walks into the match with a double effect: Madrid are set on fire and the opponent disappears. This is called withdrawal and is one of the club’s trademarks.

One of the great things… It is true that, just as Barca are recognized by their coaches, Madrid are recognized by their players. The Madrid of Di Stefano, The Yee, The Fifth, The Galactic. As Ancelotti verified this week, coaches tend to take the blame. But there is another characteristic that defines the club. Madrid love big things, so it’s hard for them to miss their goals. Champions above all competitions. Mbappe above any other player. Bernabeu above any other European stadium. Each club has its own soul that the time is being formatted due to the weight of history, the sociological context and even the choice of enemies that need to be differentiated. And Madrid has, in greatness, a legacy that powers it.

… for the little things. Madrid played against Barca and lost two things: the game and a possible deal. Black T-shirt business, which turned out to be bad. My grandson, who is my unit of measure, doesn’t want that anymore. Play a superstitious question: it was enough to lose a game of great symbolic weight to make it go crazy. But the point is worthy of a reflection that goes a little further than my grandson’s seven years. Marketing has become so powerful in the dynamics of a club that in economic terms its effect is equal to that of the members. But what does the marketing department sell? In my opinion, above all, the cultural weight of the club sells and the shirt being white is as important an issue as the shield. Or more, because it allows for immediate detection and, to the point, it is feared. Why mourn for such greatness?

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