Yesterday's loss a the Bernabeu summed up with a frustrating season for "The Special One". Injuries left Real Madrid short at the back , with a makeshift defense. This was not helped by Pepe's fued with Mourinho , that made sure Pepe did not even make the bench. Real Madrid conceded an easily preventable goal from a setpiece and their poor finishing let them down in the final third. These problems basically sum up the problems that plagued Mourinho this season and he failed to rectify. Mourinho's outburst saw him sent to the stands.
This is the same Mourinho who built the leanest defense in the Premier league at Chelsea.The same one who constructed the best counter-attacking side in Europe at Inter.The same guy who produced a tactical masterclass to outwit the best side in Europe in the semifinal. The same person who last season led an invinscible-looking Real Madrid to a record league points haul , only losing 2 games all season and leapfrogging an amazing Barca side to the title. Had it not been for some bad luck in a penalty shootout, they would have been Champions League finalists.
This season sent Real Madrid falling down like a jenga tower.Defensive frailty and injuries at the back, inability to defend setpieces, poor form of the strikers all contributed to a poor start. Mourinho started fueding with influential members of Real Madrid.
We've all seen good Mourinho , but this is bad Mourinho. Bad Mourinho who fueds with players and owners and match officials and pokes the assistant coach in the eye. Bad Mourinho who sent an unfamiliar midfield out to get scalped by Dortmund and Atletico.
Where did it go wrong for Mourinho this season? Mourinho has been too consistently excellent as a manager to write off this season as anything but a blip. After all , when people remember Alex Ferguson, people don't recall the time last season where he failed to get out of the CL group stages , got scalped by Athletic Bilbao and Wigan and squandered an 8 point lead to Man City to hand them the title.
I'm sure Mourinho will be a excellent manager for us. But will we see Bad Mourinho anytime soon?
Why do you think Mourinho didn't take at Real Madrid? Are these failures his fault?