Calcio Chat: Was Jose Mourinho's First Season a Success?

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Calcio Chat: Was Jose Mourinho's First Season a Success?
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The Serie A Roundtable is back and this time, Calcio Chat is about none other than Jose Mourinho. Danny Penza, Juve4Life, Marzia Hazra, and Zahi Sahli give their views on whether Mourinho’s first season as Inter manager was one to remember.

What do you think Danny, was Mourinho’s first season really a success?

When you read everything as to why The Special One was brought in by the Inter management, it was win the Champions League.

Sure he has pretty much wrapped up the Serie A title to give Inter four straight, but they had already done that under Roberto Mancini, so that's old news for the nerazzurri faithful.

If the objective was to win the Champions League and Mourinho went out at the same point in the competition as Juventus and Roma, then how can things be considered better than the previous season or two under Mancini?

Inter grind out wins like Mourinho's Chelsea teams used to, but they also did under Mancini; so while there is a difference as far as tactics on a weekly basis, finding a lot of differences between Inter of last season and Inter this season isn't happening.

His signings other than Sulley Muntari haven't done of anything this season. Amato Mancini has been relegated to the bench, making only 16 Serie A appearances, and the big-money signing, Ricardo Quaresma, was so bad after his arrival in the summer that he was shipped out on loan in the January transfer window.

Not exactly what you want for close to €30 million in transfer fees.

The one thing that I do have to give him credit for is how he has handled the extremely talented, yet equally cocky 18-year-old striker Mario Balotelli. When Super Mario gave Mourinho attitude, he sent him down to the primavera team for a reality check.

Balotelli has earned nothing compared some of his other teammates, yet he goes around like he has. His attitude still has a lot of molding to do in the future, but if there is a manager in Italy that can whip him into shape it is Mourinho.

Mourinho has done a terrific job raising many of Inter’s youngsters this season, namely Davide Santon and Mario Balotelli, and his handling for players with attitude really does raise eyebrows. So Danny believes that Mourinho hasn’t done enough to call his first season a success. What about you, Juve4Life?

Jose Mourinho…Well, nowadays the Calcio ends so fast, which shows that Inter are by far the best team. Inter have left no competition in the Serie A, but has Mourinho had a good year or not? That is the question.

Let us not forget that Mourinho’s Inter have only lost two times this season, but still the last weeks weren’t satisfying enough for Inter fans which shows that the team is not exceptional or "special," having not reached new heights under the Portuguese tactician.

Mourinho was truly special at Chelsea. Has he done enough to preserve his specialty in Italy this year? What do you think, Marzia?

When Mourinho signed for Inter, the expectations on the Portuguese mastermind were extremely high—to say the very least. Almost a season has passed since he took over the reins at the Milan club and in all honesty I don’t think that he’s accomplished anything of significance. That is to say, something that Roberto Mancini failed to do.

Heading into the season, the Champions League was without a doubt the club’s undisputed number one priority. Inter made it in to the knock-out stages with a mere eight points from a total of six games and then went on to lose against Manchester United in the first knock out round.

The club may have supported their coach but Massimo Moratti was anything but happy with the outcome.

Inter’s chance at a double fell apart last night when Inter failed to overturn the 3-0 deficit from the first semi-final encounter with Sampdoria and for the first time in four seasons, the Nerazzurri will not play the final in Coppa Italia.

Although the team has showcased some less than convincing performances this season, they have still managed to do what’s important—collecting points. Inter are on route to their fourth consecutive league title and although that is a great feat in itself, the club is hardly satisfied with the former Chelsea manager’s debut season in Serie A.

Mourinho hasn’t been able to implement his preferred ideas into the team which has struggled with his visions and lacked even the respect at times. Although things have been looking brighter on the field lately, the team is still struggling to find its identity.

Personally I think Mourinho has been riding on the wave of his predecessor’s success but in all fairness it is still his first season in Italy. Given the time and the summer to spend smartly, he could surprise us all come next season.

But has Jose Mourinho added anything to Inter? Has he given Inter a special identity?

Technically, the team is worse; during Mancini’s days, Inter’s play was more entertaining. Has Mourinho brought a new identity to the club? Maybe in a sense, Mourinho has brought more publicity.

Although it’s all about his controversial press conferences, his spats with other coaches and his criticism for referees, but he has brought a new flavor to Italian football and a whole lot of material for journalists.

But in overall, Mourinho has not been able to live up to the extraordinary hype he received when he took the job at Inter. His signings were downright terrible and his antics and tactics backfired, bringing no improvement to the side’s performances on the European scene.

So all in all, I think Mourinho’s first season with Inter was more of a failure than a success. But next season, things can change; Mourinho is someone who knows summer cash can do miracles!

That’s what the writers think, what do the readers think? Have Your Say!

Special thanks to Danny Penza, Marzia Hazra, and Juve4Life for their contribution.

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