Sevilla's Monchi: Big Two Could Turn La Liga Into A League Like Scotland
Sevilla's director of football, Ramon 'Monchi' Rodriguez, has warned that the Primera Division could soon become a two-horse race, comparable to the current situation in Scotland, if Barcelona and Real Madrid continue to dominate.
"Means have to be put into place in order to avoid there being a big difference between Barcelona and Real Madrid, and the rest," Monchi announced in an interview with Marca.
"The polarisation of Spanish football isn't good, because we are moving towards the model of minor leagues like Scotland. It's better for the spectacle for there to be a better redistribution of finances."
The director added that while Sevilla are ambitious and would try to fight for the title, as president Jose Maria Del Nido has insisted on a number of occasions, the club are finding it difficult to prevent their stars from leaving.
"We are ambitious, and I dream of winning the league and the Champions League, but we have to know that it would take 75 or 78 points for us to win the league, because no team apart from Real Madrid or Barcelona has won the league with 80 points. We need both of them to falter and that's difficult.
"It's true that the problem was raised with the first sale, that of [Jose Antonio] Reyes. People realised that we were open to the transfer market. Then Sergio Ramos, [Julio] Baptista, [Christian] Poulsen, [Seydou] Keita, [Dani] Alves all left...
"Sevilla have to sell players, but we are not carrying a sign saying that we want to sell [Diego] Perotti or Luis Fabiano. Our success in buying players has allowed us to have one of the best squads in the history of Sevilla," he concluded.
Anthony Wright, Goal.com
Is it just sour grapes on his part, is he dismissing teams such as Valencia and Atleti or does he have an actual point, do you think?
I personally think that La Liga is much less strong than the Premier League for a start, and there are teams in La Liga that would be in the Championship if they played in this country. It is a bit of a two horse race, but what can be done about it? Putting a cap on spending would certainly stop the current gap between the two clubs and the rest, but should Barca and Real be forced to make their teams less good, or should something be done to improve the littler teams?