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On May 31, 2010 the Santiago Bernabeu I was living one of those special days. The expectation was highest in the surroundings of the white coliseum and 200 journalists gathered in the press room. At 1:00 p.m., Jorge Valdano, at that time CEO, appeared alongside Jose Mourinho to start the presentation of the Portuguese coach.
‘The Special One‘Valdano was not to his liking and his bad relationship would end the Argentine’s cessation only a year later. The coexistence of both was impossible and Florentino Pérez he leaned, aptly as the results would later show, to give Mourinho more power.
The miracle coach of Port, Chelsea and Inter de Milan arrived at Real Madrid after conquering the Champions and the treble with this last team. Mourinho, signed before the final of the maximum continental competition that faced the Italian team with the Bayern, had the mission of returning the most honored club in the world to its usual place.
And he got it. Mourinho was the perfect antidote for him Barcelona of Guardiola. When he landed in the capital of Spain, Real Madrid accumulated six years without passing the round of 16 in the Champions League. A crisis to which Pellegrini failed to end despite spending on transfers like Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Benzema or Xabi Alonso.
I once spoke of José in aggressive terms
The Chilean was Valdano’s choice for the bench on Florentino Pérez’s return to the presidency. Without a doubt, the Argentine was confused. The first thing ‘El Ingeniero’ did when he arrived at Real Madrid was to go on vacation. A decision that caused great anger in the entity and that ended up marking him in the season that lasted at the Santiago Bernabéu.
Mourinho was the opposite of Pellegrini and Valdano. The Portuguese was sacrifice, daily work and battle. In addition, his feat in Camp Nou Months before, with sprinklers included, he had him fall to his feet at the Santiago Bernabéu by preventing Barcelona from playing a Champions League final at the Madrid stadium.
In a highly anticipated press conference, Valdano ‘recognized’ his mistakes with Mourinho during his time as a communicator. “I once spoke of José in aggressive terms,” he said. It was an artificial peace, since the former CEO never changed his opinion of the coach.
If we have no respect I will defend my group without any problem
Mourinho’s way of working was very particular. The Portuguese did not accept interference from the press in the dressing room and already warned on his first day at Real Madrid: “I am not a provocateur, I am a worker and I want respect. If we have perfect respect, if we do not have it, I will defend my group without no problem”. The prelude to a war that would last during the three years of its period.
If a technician was vilified and attacked from all sides, that was Mourinho. The climate of tension in the press conferences is the greatest that has ever been experienced. Above even those of Toshack at the time and similar to those of Javier Clemente in the Selection.
Revolutionary and architect
In the strictly sports, Mourinho came with a 4-2-3-1 as a system that he would maintain in his years on the bench at the Santiago Bernabéu. Of course, able to adapt to any situation and ‘shake the tree’ when something did not work.
For Mourinho, the Madrid team was the zenith of his career. He continued to win later on his return to Chelsea or the Manchester United, but nothing was the same for the Portuguese after going through the white club. His is the phrase: “The beautiful, beautiful, beautiful thing is to win with Real Madrid”.
In three seasons he achieved a League, that of the records of points and goals, a Cup King and one Spain Supercup. It may seem a minor baggage, but to this is added the fact of having finished with the best Barça in history and of having laid the basis for Real Madrid that would devastate Europe later.
‘La Décima’ had Mourinho’s name written, however fate still ‘owes’ him a Champions League with Real Madrid. Three seasons, three semifinals and three disappointments. Dortmund, twice, and the Bayern they crossed their path to absolute glory.
We were the best team in Europe in 2012
To remember, for the cruel form and because there was no team that could stop that Real Madrid, the penalty shootout against Bayern in 2012. Mou’s team had turned the tie around when Pepe He committed an absurd penalty that caused an unexpected turn of events that left a white team touched who ended up signing the ‘lottery’ from eleven meters.
In the round, expert pitchers like Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Sergio Ramos they failed and Bayern eliminated those of a Mourinho who lived his toughest defeat at the Santiago Bernabéu. The Portuguese and his coaching staff still turn that game around today. “We were the best team in Europe,” they continue to affirm with a mix of incurable pain and tremendous disappointment.
With Mourinho, Real Madrid was once again great in Europe. In 2010, when the Portuguese took the reins, the white team was not the seed in the Champions group draw. Three consecutive semifinals and, above all, the base of the team that would lift four ‘Apricots‘ in five years.
Nothing would be understood of this golden age without the previous work of Mourinho. This is still recognized today in the highest levels of the club to Portuguese. In fact, it goes to ‘The Special One’, or ‘The Only One‘as’ self-baptized’ later, on the highest echelon of all the coaches who have passed through the entity.
Betrayals and disagreements
The ‘era Mourinho’ ended in 2013 with a lost Cup final against the Athletic in overtime and at the Santiago Bernabéu. The stage was already completed. The wear of the Portuguese was capital after an infinite war with the press and after having lost the favor of Cristiano Ronaldo during the last season.
Especially tense, to describe it in some way, was his relationship with Iker Casillas. Mou felt betrayed by the goalkeeper after tense clashes with Futbol Club Barcelona. In addition, the goalkeeper and captain had moved away from his best level and Diego Lopez ended up taking away the site.
Painful for Mou was Pepe’s ‘betrayal’. The coach had been the central defender’s biggest defender when he was vilified by the press and rivals, but he did not find the same respect and help in his last campaign. The defender went on the attack against the coach when a young man Varane He got ahead of him in the rotation and knew that his compatriot’s stage was coming to an end. The most personal, most human José will never forgive Pepe for feeling sold as Jesus Christ by Judas.
Mourinho left in Real Madrid a culture of effort and defense of the club above all that still persists today. The ‘mourinhismo’, well understood, spread by the fans and from 2010-2013 many lived their Madrid more intensely than ever.
Mourinho’s work was later taken advantage of Ancelotti and, to a lesser extent, Zidane to win four Champions in five years. The Portuguese was left without the jackpot of the European Cup, but it was the revolution that Real Madrid needed in one of its most delicate sporting moments.
Perhaps football has not been fair to Mou after passing through the capital of Spain. Looking at the record of Luso and Real Madrid in the last 7 years it can be said that the white club has fared better than the coach after the 2013 separation, but it cannot fail to acknowledge the important work they did.
The fear will be of who has to play against Real Madrid
Mourinho also left his mark on some of his players, especially in Xabi Alonso and Arbeloa. The first is already a coach of the Real Sociedad B and the second will debut as coach next season in the lower categories of Real Madrid.
That way of understanding football and life is still latent in them and also in a Aitor Karanka who began his solo career after finishing his stint as a Portuguese assistant at Real Madrid. Mourinho, in its own way, is also a trainers factory.
A decade later, the memory of Mourinho is still alive at Real Madrid. In addition, his name has been used as a ‘sack man’ to wake up the squad in difficult times. How El Cid, Mourinho wins battles until after ‘dead’.
The coach of the revolution, the inexhaustible Mourinho, finished his first press conference at the Santiago Bernabéu with the following phrase: “The fear will not be ours but the one who has to play with Real Madrid.” JMTR.
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