“You’re now tuned into the motherf**ing greatest…”
“All the ladies they love me, from the bleachers they screaming, all the ballers is bouncing they like the way I be leaning…”
“You gotta get, that, dirt off your shoulder.”
Jose Mourinho has decided to remain at Real Madrid for the foreseeable future, and if you’re a supporter of Los Blancos, that’s a good thing. You don’t have to like Mourinho, you don’t have to agree with his managerial style or his tactics, but what you have to do is respect the fact that he gets results.
Florentino Pérez understands this, and that’s why he hired the Portuguese manager in the first place. Most of the fans understand this too, and if they don’t, it’s time to get on board, because in all likelihood he’s not going anywhere for awhile. And again, that’s a good thing, at least as far as Real are concerned.
Before Mourinho arrived, Madrid were a big spending club that was continuously foundering against Barcelona and failing to achieve the expected results. The two previous managers, Juande Ramos and Manuel Pellegrini, had both failed to even win a trophy during their tenures. Sure, both Fabio Capello and Bernd Schuster had won the league but they were sandwiched between some dreary seasons that included the likes of José Antonio Camacho, Mariano García Remón, Vanderlei Luxemburgo, and Juan Ramón López Caro all failing in the top job.
For most of those guys, the job was simply too big, too difficult.
Years of uncertainty and instability had allowed Barcelona to supplant Madrid as the super club in Spain. While Los Merengues were meandering aimlessly, Barca were winning domestic and Champions League titles. That’s completely unacceptable if you’re a Madrid supporter and certainly unacceptable to the club’s directors.
So, in comes Mourinho in May on 2010 and two years later he’s put Madrid back on top. While Barca are asking questions, Madrid are answering them.
That’s important and it’s why the fact that Mourinho is sticking around is a good thing for Madrid. Mourinho is extremely important to this club, he’s the perfect man for the job because the spotlight and the pressure don’t phase him. While so many others have wilted in the job, Mourinho has thrived, as if made stronger by the same things that would destroy a lesser manager.
It also doesn’t hurt that he’s got an extremely talented and fairly young squad that’s beginning to figure things out.
There’s every reason to believe the talent is there for a run at Madrid’s tenth European Cup, having Mourinho in charge makes it about as close to a foregone conclusion as you can get in this sport.
Simply put, there’s nothing Mourinho hasn’t seen or dealt with. He understands how to win, he knows how to build a squad and he’s not intimidated by the pressure that comes with being the boss at Madrid. More importantly, he could give a damn about Barcelona.
Madrid needs that combination of experience, confidence and arrogance. The potential of this current squad is enormous not only because of talent, but because Mourinho has evolved as a manager. Gone are the games and nonsense that allowed people to pick at him over the past years, left is a man that has mastered his profession and isn’t being distracted by the superfluous things that happen in the course of a season.
Barcelona should be scared. Spanish football should be scared. Four more years of Mourinho at Madrid should frighten them, because thanks to the Special One, Madrid have their swagger back.
Originally posted on SBNation.com/Soccer