COS contributor Venkatakrishnan ponders just what will come of the ‘Special One’s’ move to the Bernabeu.
If you are fan of neither Jose Mourinho nor Real Madrid, then you’re likely to despise them even more because the biggest manager just joined the biggest club. A special job for the special one.
Just days after lifting the Champions League trophy with Inter Milan at the Bernabeu, Jose left the San Siro to come right back to replace Manuel Pellegrini who was sacked after just one year in charge, as the manager of Real Madrid.
After a great year with Inter, winning the treble, Jose faces a new challenge. With more expectations and more pressure, Jose finds himself in a more competitive league and is especially up against that one team- Barcelona who he defeated just last month in the Champions League semi- final with Inter.
The big spending, glory hunting Madrid, have been far from convincing, winning hardly anything the last few years. Will Jose be the man to turn that around? He takes over a star studded team with abundant talent and will no doubt be given plenty more cash to splash by Mr. Perez. The biggest challenge though, for Jose will be to make a team out of these big individual names.
Managers have come and gone to the Bernabeu, the last few seasons, without much improvement over their predecessors. But what is it about the arrival of Jose that brings promise? He knows how to get the very best out of his players and more importantly, he knows exactly how to handle the big players. Now the biggest name in Madrid will not be Ronaldo or Kaka. It will be Jose Mourinho. Now the manager will take all the focus rather than a few individual players.
With Jose already hinting interest in a few big names, mainly from England, it will be interesting to see what goes on in Madrid this summer. Another big question is, if the Lampards and the Rooneys do come to Real, then who will Jose offload?
There is certainly enough talent in that Real Madrid squad to deliver the silverware but will they? Can Jose lead them to the top of Spain or the top of Europe? Are glory days for Madrid not far away? Or, if Jose does not manage to do all this at the end of the season, will he be sacked too? Only thing certain is that we will see an organised, competitive team that will play ‘winning’ football all through the season. If Jose Mourinho does deliver, he will become the undisputed ‘Special One’.