There are reasons why Real Madrid are how they are at present and it’s, perhaps, because Jose Mourinho causes as many problems as solutions.
The problem with the former Inter tactician is that he is a mercenary, a gun for hire—you pay enough money, and you get results. Let Mourinho do his job. and the club will go places: We have seen it at Porto, Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid.
However, as great as he is, there has always been excess baggage. One of the main problems is that he likes his internal politics, and the prime examples currently are with senior members of the team.
Iker Casillas, a Madrid legend, was dropped for their 3-2 Liga defeat to Malaga. Apart from the result, the decision caused a backlash and prompted Sergio Ramos to weigh in via AFP after the game.
It seems Mourinho has a problem with senior figures at the club, and they appear to have a problem with him. There seems to be no motivation from Mourinho at a time when he ought to be fighting old foes Barcelona.
Ramos and Casillas achieved so much last season under Mourinho’s leadership, and they transferred their club success to international fortunes as they won Euro 2012 with Spain. Where has the motivation gone?
Instead of galvanising his players, Mourinho is butting heads and having a war of words, which has led to speculation the coach could be sacked, something he denied, via football-espana.net.
Madrid will not win the league—that’s a fact—but they need to make some changes. Firstly, Mourinho needs to stop his negative comments. Do 80,000 paying fans at the Bernabeu really want to hear their coach saying they cannot win the title because Barcelona are 16 points ahead?
The hype over his future is causing casualties rather than helping to heal the wounds of failure. Mourinho has pushed the club forward since his arrival three years ago, and this must continue. The coach brings success; he still has a chance to win the Champions League if he gets the players to play to the standard all expect.
He must aim his focus on getting his players and staff happy again and playing football together rather than dropping players like Casillas.
Is there any goalkeeper at present with a better CV than Casillas? The Spaniard will go down as one of the greatest of all time. You cannot teach a seasoned professional like him a lesson. Mourinho tried to make a point by dropping him, but it didn’t work.
Some have asked whether Madrid need Mourinho. Of course, they were big before him, and they will be big after him, but that is not the point here.
For now Madrid need to keep him on board, and he needs to win back support and get players on his side. It’s time to start winning again, and this can only be done by mending seemingly broken relationships with players. As the boss, Mourinho has to work out issues.
Here is a quick New Year’s resolution list for Mourinho:
1. Solve problems.
2. Get Madrid back up and running.
3. Keep Cristiano Ronaldo.
It’s not all doom and gloom. There is also the Copa del Rey still to win. Everyone was happy when Mourinho and Madrid won that trophy apart from when the team bus ran over it.
By staying at Madrid, the coach has the chance to go down in history. A possible 10th Champions League is there for him to deliver to the club’s trophy cabinet. Mourinho also has at his service the second best player in the world in Ronaldo.
Madrid, Mourinho and Ronaldo must stay together if the coach is to show everyone he is the man to take them to European glory this season. Club president Florentino Perez needs to be positive in bad situations and get through them together with Mourinho and Ronaldo.
If Real Madrid want to continue fighting Barcelona, they cannot afford to let the coach or Ronaldo go. The striker scores a goal every game.
This is all the more important as Barcelona have changed under coach Tito Vilanova. They are more direct, they move the ball faster, and if Madrid want to catch them, they must resolve the current downfall and reverse negative trends.
The Sun claims Ronaldo wants to re-join Manchester United, but if Ronaldo or Mourinho come out of the team or club, the standard instantly drops. With no Ronaldo in the team, there is no chance of getting out of trouble.
Everyone must stick together and kick on as there is still plenty to play for, and the team must be the side we saw last season. Mourinho and company must build on that success if they are to stop from crumbling under the force of Barcelona. After all, the club is called Real Madrid, not Real Mourinho or Rebel Madrid.