Mourihno’s Madrid Side Crash Out of the Champions League

May 4, 2011 - by mosesbet · Filed Under sports news Leave a Comment 

Barcelona cruised into their 2nd Champions League final in three years after drawing with Real Madrid 1-1 at the Nou Camp and progressing 3-1 on aggregate.

In drastic change to the previous encounter between the two sides, last night’s game was filled with promise and entertaining football as both sides went all out for the win and avoided the sinister aberrations that took over the 1st leg tie at the Bernabau.

Jose Mourihno had been prohibited from entering the stadium by UEFA after his post-match “corruption allegations” about UEFA officials made against Barcelona after their 2-0 loss at home when Pepe had been showed red for a fairly innocuous challenge.  Although Barcelona players and Pedro in particular had made an awful lot out of an innocent challenge, protesting and accosting around the referee, it would probably doesn’t make up for what Mourinho said after the game was out of order.

An interesting interview from Johan Cruyff before last nights game aired by Sky Sports suggested that Mourihno lacks respect which managers should give other teams at the highest level of the game.  He also suggested that because Mourniho never enjoyed success in his early football days (unlike Guardiola) it makes him more egotistic as a manager and more obsessed with being successful and limelight.  Unlike Guardiola, who often provides a soft spot for his players and is more understanding of players situations and their roles in the team, Mourinho players more “by the book” and looks at results and the team in general, not just individual players.  Regardless of this argument however, it is clear that during both his Chelsea and Inter Milan days he was hugely popular with the players and had a great relationship with them.

After being dumped out of the Champions League tournament by Barcelona, the problem now for Mourinho is where does he go from here?  Already unpopular with the Real Madrid board and increasingly antagonising La Liga officials and club chairman, it is hard to imagine that Mourinho’s managerial position is not under pressure.

What most football fans and pundits fail to realise is that it’s not enough to just be “successful” at a club like Real Madrid.  Real Madrid is a giant, unlike any other club football team in the world.  They want to win everything, they want to play exciting attacking football, they want to see lots of goals and they want to see lots of home-grown Spanish talent in their team.

The depressingly defensive, anti-football tactics that Mourinho used at home at the Bernabau in front of 90,000 stringent fans is unlike to win them over.  He might possibly have been able to justify his tactics, placing the likes of Ronaldo to be working at left-back, if they had won. However to lose 2-0 at home to their arch rivals and eventually be dumped out of the competition from them will really hurt the Madrid supporters.  Remember that this is the same football club which sacked the England coach, former European Cup winner and La Liga title winner Fabio Capello because his football was too “unattractive”.

Another issue for Mourinho right now is that he is arguably coming to grips with the best club football team in history.  Barcelona has no less than three of the world’s best footballers in their team (Messi, Xavi and Iniesta).  It is not much of a criticism or embarrassment to lose to such a team in ordinary circumstances, however given their sheer visceral rivalry with Real Madrid it might provide no alternative other than to sack Mourihno form his job.

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