The final that saved Cruyffism

first_imgIt was an ugly ending to a tough game. So much so that the referee in the final, García de Loza, said as soon as he finished: “It was the most difficult game of my life. From the first moment, the players have been making very tough innings and I had no choice but to show the cards. The truth is that I have a very clear conscience and my only doubt is whether I was not wrong in not showing the second card to Amor “. Remote times, those in which the collegiate spoke after the games.That was the great reproach of Madrid. Fernando Hierro had been sent off for a double yellow card (he saw the second card for an entry to Robert) and Amor had been pardoned by the Galician. The Madrid players stormed out for the referee. Gordillo was as spontaneous as ever: “The referee has screwed up.” Míchel was also clear on whom to point out: “I think the main culprit for our defeat has been the referee, who has been downright wrong.”Yes, the end had been hard. With hard entrances and even underground play. Sanchís punched Salinas in the stomach who was not punished, Aloisio and Hugo Sánchez had their pluses and minuses. The least there was was soccer, but this time Cruyff was obliged to be more pro-journalist than ever. And Cruyff, especially, liked to win. When he was about to be substituted, Guillermo Amor made it 1-0, which was served to him by Txiki Begiristain. “Yes, I was going to change Guillermo, we have been lucky.” Salinas closed the game. In those times, raising a title for Madrid de la Quinta was everything for a fans accustomed to very little.But that title meant much more. “It gave stability,” Amor admitted in his day. Thanks to that victory, Cruyff continued at Barça, who put the icing on his project with the signing of Stoichkov, and the winning cycle began. The trend was reversed. “Possibly, it began to be the decline of that fifth,” admitted Paco Buyo years later in an interview with Efe. Núñez had to contain himself, the Dream Team was born and Cruyff triumphed. Possibly, without that ending the story would have been written differently.DATA SHEETBarcelona: Zubizarreta; Aloisio (Serna, 26 ‘), Koeman, Alexanco; Eusebio, Amor (Soler, 71 ‘), Bakero, Robert; Laudrup, Salinas, Begiristain.Real Madrid: Buyo; Chendo, Ruggeri (Llorente, 63 ‘), Sanchís; Gordillo; Míchel (Aldana, 77 ‘), Hierro, Schuster, Martín Vázquez, Butragueño, Hugo.Goals. 1-0. Love (78 ‘). 2-0 Salinas (91 ‘)Referee. García de Loza. He admonished Alexanco, Koeman, Amor and Salinas at Barcelona and Hierro, Míchel and Martín Vázquez at Real Madrid. Barça finished LaLiga of the 1989-90 season, Cruyff’s second on the bench, in third position and eleven points (when the victories were worth two) from Real Madrid of the Quinta del Buitre. LaLiga did not end until May 6, but by the time the Copa del Rey final was to be played on April 5, the azulgrana no longer had any option. They lost ten games during the regularity tournament and Cruyff was starting to lack defenders. After saving his first season with the Recopa won at Sampdoria in Bern, in the second, after the arrival of Koeman and Laudrup, more was expected. But Cruyff’s cheeky football ended up becoming brittle and kamikaze. The bold idea of ​​the Dutch had not yet caught on and the most conservative sectors of Barcelona accused the Dutch of an empty romanticism. Cruyff was in danger.The Cup final, which Barça arrived at, it must be said, after an immaculate trajectory in which he eliminated Athletic, Real and Valencia, had a certain air of all or nothing for Cruyff. The old guard, the one who did not believe in Johan’s new methods, proclaimed to the four winds that if he lost in Mestalla on April 5, the Dutchman was amortized and could jump. Also, the previous weekend, Barça had lost 0-2 against Atlético de Madrid. Núñez had come out to give a conciliatory message, but not too powerful either. Barça also had a collateral fire. The Milla case had exploded. The player from Teruel would not travel to the Mestalla final and Cruyff’s management in the matter was disputed. No one would remember after him. And less so next year when a certain Josep Guardiola appeared, growing up in the same garden that had seen Milla born.This Sunday marks the 30th anniversary of that game that saved Cruyffism and had much more than football. To begin with, some unfortunate statements by Chendo, today the delegate of Real Madrid. “The party has been won by some who are not Spanish, simply,” he said as soon as he finished the final. Then he tried to rectify without much success: “What I feel bad about is that a Spanish team wins that cup for fans who do not feel Spanish.” Although later he qualified with distinctions: “At no time have I referred to the Barcelona players or the team, but to a sector of the fans.”last_img read more

Sammy Lee: “Michael had a huge personality”

first_imgSammy Lee (Liverpool, 1959) played as a midfielder for Liverpool from 1976 to 1986, where he met and became friends with Michael Robinson. The two also played for QPR and Osasuna after leaving Liverpool.What was Michael like?The thing about Michael is that he had a huge personality. When he came to Liverpool, he entered a very good team and made a fantastic contribution to the football club, but, for me personally, he was more than that. He was just an absolutely excellent guy in every way and his death is a sad, sad loss for all of football.What impact did Michael have on your career?When I finished my time in Liverpool as a player, Michael was very, very important in my departure first to QPR when he was there, and then, and even more important to me, Osasuna in Spain. He was crucial in all of those decisions of mine, and he played a hugely important role in everything I learned on the stage after Liverpool, both as a player and as a coach.So Michael was helping you when you left LiverpoolWhen you leave Liverpool no matter where you go, it is always difficult. Michael first helped make this happen by influencing me to go to the QPR and then helping me adjust to life in London; It was very important because it was not an easy moment for me, personally or professionally. Leaving the club you have loved and been with all your life is a brutal change and Michael helped me a lot. How was your time together in Spain?He was excellent with me in all of that – it’s always difficult to leave the club you grew up with and supported all your life – but that moment comes for everyone and both Michael and his wife Chris helped a lot and made life much easier for me and my wife. After Liverpool it was the best experience I had as a player because I got to know a new culture and that’s where my love for training started, because I was lucky to go to Osasuna in Pamplona and the people there were absolutely fantastic with me and Michael. That was my best football experience as a player after leaving Liverpool.Football was everything to Michael …Yes, he had a passion for life and soccer and I think that all this passion was evident on TV, his knowledge of soccer was evident. I noticed it in every conversation I had with him.After his injury, he knew how to start a career on television.He knew how to take advantage of what happened to him and created a second option in the world of commentators in Spain, he was loved, and rightly so because he was passionate about it. He loved life, the main parts of his life were his family and soccer and he was passionate about both.People here in Spain are absolutely devastated …It was just a guy with great enthusiasm. He came out of it in everything he did, both in his playing days and in his later career. So they love him in Spain, I know they really love him.last_img read more