Brazil and Real Madrid legend Roberto Carlos says Los Blancos managers succeeded or failed based on the acceptance of player power.
The Real Madrid team of the late ’90s and early 2000s were packed with the first true superstars of football.
The Galacticos and Robert Carlos was one of them.
In an interview with Portugal’s Canal 11, he reveals how certain managers succeed and fail based on their ability to accommodate these star players’ needs.
He talks about Vicent del Bosque.
“He was more of a friend.”
“You don’t need rules, the player knows what he has to do.”
“He understood us perfectly.”
“Monday workouts and sometimes Tuesday workouts were at 17:00.”
“He didn’t put them at 11:00 in the morning because almost nobody came.”
Antonio Camacho attempted to be strict, and his tenure was rather short.
He said of Camacho:
“At the time of Galacticos there were seven and it was a danger in the locker room.”
“We always controlled it well and we had a good relationship, except with Camacho who lasted 10 days.”
“He came to the dressing room and greeted everyone, very seriously and with history at Real Madrid.”
“I just watched to see what he was going to say and he said ‘I want everyone tomorrow at 7:00 in the morning.”
“Normally we trained at 10.30.”
“We talked to him to try to change the schedule, as we had our habits.”
Vanderlei Luxemburgo was another manager who lost a power struggle with the dressing room and it cost him dearly too.
“The same happened with Luxemburgo.”
“As we had the habit of arriving at the base, leaving our bags in the room and before dinner we had our beer and our wine.”
“There were always two bottles of wine on the table.”
“Ronaldo and I told him ‘coach, the people here have their habits so try not to change them.”
“Don’t remove the bottles of wine and beer from the table before dinner because we are going to have problems.”
“What did he do? He removed the beers first and then the wine bottles.”
“He lasted three months.
“The world of football is small, the news arrived to the board and ‘ciao’.”
The history of Player Power according to Roberto Carlos. It was apparently invented in Madrid and more powerful than any of us realised.