I drove up and stopped, turned off the engine and looked up and my eye was met by a huge bubble of plastic. I looked left and right, only to see more bubbles. It was the greatness of the Allianz arena. I got out of the car and looked around as if to make sure that nobody had followed me. There was no one. I walked towards the door. I had never opened it before and it was big. It took a tremendous amount of strength to open it, but when it was open, I strolled in with ease. I walked via the dressing room and looked along the side. There were pictures of almost everyone and it made me smile. Mandzukic, Kroos, Schweinsteiger, Neuer they were all there. I got to the media room entrance and there was Karl (Heinz Rummenigge). I nodded to him and he pushed open the door. I followed him in and suddenly a barrage of flashes almost blinded me. I sat down and there was a clear glass of water in front of me. I looked at it for a while as Karl spoke about... I don’t know what he spoke about. Suddenly he pointed to someone in the row of journalists. I thought that maybe I had to listen so I did.
“ What is it like to take over the champions of Europe?”
“Well I think, there is a lot of pressure. However we have the players to do it. The staff to do it. The facilities to do it and the belief that we can do it. We are hungry too, I am hungry. I want to win, so does the squad and I think that honestly we can win and many people across the world, say that we will win. We also have confidence and of course not too much. We are confident that we will do it.”
“What is it?”
“I think it is obvious no? My aim here and the aim of everyone here is to emulate or beat what Jupp Heynckes did last year. I have spoken to Jupp and he also believes that we can do it. Of course it will not be easy to do this despite everything I have just said. The Bundesliga will not be easy and the champions league will also be extremely difficult. Everything will be difficult. If it wasn’t I wouldn’t be here.”
“Ok, well what about your squad, do you believe that your squad is good enough to win everything?”
“Of course. If my squad wasn’t good enough then I wouldn’t have said anything that I have today so far. Honestly, I think that maybe this squad is better than the one I had a t Barcelona.”
“Are you looking to improve your squad? Many have linked you with Robert Lewandowski”.
“We do not need Lewandowski. Mario Mandzukic is as good as if not better than him. Lewandowski is of course a very good player, but Mario is this too and will do his job brilliantly. OK,so Lewandowski scored 4 goals against Real Madrid, but er, the defence at Madrid is not too good and when the team is obviously set up for Lewandowski. Then it makes sense that he will hit the net 4 times.”
“How have you enjoyed Munich so far?”
“Oh ,it is a fantastic city. Utterly brilliant. There is so much to do. I have been able to find a magnificent house and there is so much near me. Oh and I love the food, even better than Tapas. Bratwurst and Schnitzel are so good. In fact I think I will ask for my weekly wage to be delivered in Bratwurst form for Uli, after all he is the Bratwurst boss.”
“ Are you looking forward to your first competitive game as Bayern boss?”
“This is Regensburg yes? It is a great occasion for both sides. They get to meet the champions of Europe whereas I take control of the champions of Europe for the first time. I think I will play more or less a first team, because I want to enjoy it as much as possible.”
“Now Pep, some say that you are still unproven as a manager, because that Barcelona side was too good to fail. Do you see the logic in this?”
“I’m not sure really. It’s a tricky one. I don’t even know how I think of myself. I’ve never sat down and though am I one of the best managers in the world. I think that ultimately I see the logic in this but I don’t agree. I won the Tercera division with Barca B and I tell you that that was possibly my hardest title. It was so hard to win it and we did. I think this justified the call up to the Barca side, where I won everything and so I think that I have not achieved this without any talent. To be honest, I think I deserve to be where I am and I look forward to hopefully proving those doubters wrong. It is my proving grounds if you like”.
"Why in the world were you on the Chelsea fan forums?"
"I was researching Chelsea to see if I wanted to join them."
"OK but still, you know how fans get, with their crazy stories. Also Chelsea fans have proven that they hold grudges. I mean just think about Rafa Benitez. Maybe this guy’s just done one thing wrong and they hate him for it."
"Still worth a try. Where’s my secretary, I need her to get his number."
"I overheard your conversation Sir and I thought I would get his number so here it is."
"Oh thanks Heidi. I need it to be silent in here, get out my office. You can wait outside if you want."
"Nah, I’ll go back to my office. Let me know how it goes."
"Hello this is Ron Gourlay of Chelsea football club."
"We’d like to make an offer for one of your players."
"Errr who are you?"
"Ok then, so who do you want?"
"We would like to make a bid.... for Fernando Torres."
“Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha”
*beep* I put the phone down. I didn’t want to negotiate a deal like that. The conversation only lasted 30 seconds and I just laughed at what they wanted. They wanted to be the top earner at this club, FC Bayern Munich. I went in for him so that he could maybe come on in the second half and perhaps play in some cup games, a few Bundesliga fixtures but he was never meant to be a first team player. That is why I rejected Fernando Torres. Him and his agent. It was ridiculous and so I didn’t bother responding to anything they said. I just laughed. I decided to test something and so I walked out into the canteen where the players were having their lunch and I shouted.
“Put your hand up if you think you are a better footballer than Fernando Torres…………Ok 15 of you think that you are better than him and guess what. The aforementioned striker things he’s better than all of you since he asked for €260,000 per week. None of you earn that much and I think and you think that there are 15 players here that are better than him and contracts of much less. Many of you are below €100,000 per week, but that’s still enough. Claudio and Mario, remember when I told you that there would be a striker coming in, it’s not gonna be Fernando Torres.”
I walked out the room and went back to my office. I still wanted a striker, but I didn’t want to go through the same bulls**t again. I looked at the list Lars (Kornetka- Scout) had given me. There were many good players in that list. A name at the top caught my eye. However he would be more expensive than Torres in terms of Transfer fees. I had a look anyway, Carlos Vela. I thought about him for a while. He would do a good job for us, however I kept searching on the list and then I found the one, the one that I was going to make mine.