It’s time for La Liga to look to the future. Why did Pellegrini call the Spanish championship a “shame”?

Betis’s coach’s statement is not just a collection of emotional words. The truth speaks through the mouth of Pellegrini …

What did Pellegrini say?

In the 2nd round of La Liga, Betis played a draw at home with Cadiz (1: 1). Naturally, the home coach Manuel Pellegrini was disappointed. Because of this, extremely unpleasant, but generally correct words escaped his lips:

“All together – referees, coaches, players – we must make an effort so that La Liga is not so shameful. When we met with the referees, we were told that the Spanish league is the slowest in Europe. People want to watch the show, but we can not give it. We have the most time sucks, simulations … Again, this is just a shame.

Indeed, in recent years, the prestige of Spanish football has declined significantly, and among the fan community, La Liga has become ironically called “Lol Liga”. However, the situation of the Example is not so much ridiculous as deplorable. There are several problems – and everything must be resolved as soon as possible.

Living in the past

First of all, La Liga is morally outdated. Reality is changing rapidly and Spain still offers the viewer a play in the spirit of the late 2000s and early 10s. The only one who brought more or less fresh ideas to the idea of ​​national football is Diego Simeone (and especially for geeks, Jose Bordalas). Both coaches once abandoned the traditional Spanish style based on technique and possession, preferring a stronger and drier style of play, reminiscent of Italian in many ways. However, this model is no longer highly valued in other countries. As the recent Euro has shown, even in Italy itself.

The best leagues today are evolving in terms of intensity, speed, pressing, counter-pressure. Playing positions should be kept to a minimum, movement – only forward. The English refereeing this season reflects the trends very strongly. In the Premier League, and so they always let me fight more than anywhere else, but here the bar of what is allowed just went up to the skies. The same can be observed in other leagues from the top 5, just not in Spain. In terms of net playing time, La Liga is 2.5 minutes behind Germany, 3 minutes behind England, 3.5 minutes behind Italy and almost 5 minutes behind France.

Pellegrini notes that there are time delays and simulations. Here again we have to talk about the outdated mentality. Similar things, of course, still happen in other leagues, but they leave in the background. In Spain, they remain a regular practice. The Marca newspaper believes that coaches need to train players, instill new game values ​​in them to change situations. And the referees should add more time to the matches. Spanish judges have always been known for little compensation. This needs to be corrected.

Finances sing romances

The highlight of this summer was without a doubt the departure of Lionel Messi from Barcelona. The best player of all time no longer plays in Spain. In a sense, this is a symbol of everything that happens in La Liga. Barça could not keep its leader because it simply could not pay him. Even if the Argentine limited his requests by 50%, he would not be able to register. The fact is that the maximum salary in La Liga is calculated for each club separately. Due to the high spending under President Bartomeu, the Catalans had it very low. It was no coincidence that there were dangers that it would not be possible to announce newcomers – Memphis Depay, Eric Garcia …

Of course, the top Spanish clubs are unhappy with the existing rules. The head of La Liga, Javier Tempas, is constantly attacked because of this. The coronavirus crisis has hit hard both Barcelona and Real Madrid, the clubs that represent Spanish football on the world stage. The players must leave. Messi left Catalonia, Madrid left Sergio Ramos, Rafael Varane, Martin Odegard… There is a catastrophic lack of money and that was what caused the emergence of the Super League.

Recently, Tebas, on behalf of La Liga, reached an agreement with the investment fund CVC in Luxembourg. Under the agreement, the fund will provide the Spanish league with $ 3.1 billion “for infrastructure development”. The wording is rather vague, but its essence, in principle, is that the clubs will be able to solve their financial problems in a fairly short time. There are of course pitfalls. The contract is for 50 years and during these 50 years, La Liga will give the fund 10% of its profits. This money will be partially withdrawn from the pockets of the club – there is no case.

The Spanish Football Association and several clubs (including Real Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Athletic Bilbao and a representative of Segunda Oviedo) are crucial. Florentino Perez is going to sue CVC as a whole. The president of Madrid considers the deal illegal, since the club’s funds appear in it without the consent of Real Madrid.


The fear of the Spanish giants to lose their financial independence is understandable. But every deal always has two sides. Yes, the coffers need to be unbuttoned a bit and the Superleague’s work in this situation is covered with a bronze basin. However, CVC investments can restore the Spanish league to its former glory, help clubs regain top players. Money will not solve all the problems, but at least it will give you the opportunity to face them and not think about how to pay the salaries and other debts of everyone. The financial pillow lets you look to the future. At the moment, La Liga is living in the past.

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