Monday, December 10, 2007

Fabio Cappello Opportunistic in Defense of Real Madrid's Raul

Real Madrid seven points clear in LaLiga after its 1-0 win over Atletico Bilbao, but the real noise coming out of Spain is courtesy of former Madrid manager and England contender Fabio Capello.

Capello, firing back at his former bosses in Spain, says it was he who rebuffed efforts to loan out the Spanish legend. Capello claims management was down on Raul, that is performance on the field didn't match his salary. Not to mention that he is old [29!]. In hindsight, Capello was correct. Raul is second in the scorer's table in Spain with 9 goals and Madrid is on track for another championship.

Capello wrote in a column this weekend in an Italian paper:

"In the first meeting I had with the club president (Ramon Calderon) and the technical staff I expressed my doubts about what they told me and said that a 30-year-old player of his class and personality was vital for the team. But they told me he was a player in decline."

Soccerlens has a good take on Raul, noting he's been with the club since 14 and that Capello was firing back at criticism leveled by Madrid brass.

Capello is trying to look noble in defending and propping up a football great, who by the way, needs no help in either department. One has to wonder if Capello would have written the same thing if Raul had one goal and minimal playing time this season?

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