Inter Milan manager Jose Mourinho has recently masterminded his side’s Champions League triumphant displays against Barcelona and his former club, Chelsea—two teams which were the bookies' favorites to land Europe’s most prestigious club competition.
Inter are on the course to winning the competition—a feat they have last achieved in 1965.
Inter are now in the final and will play Louis Van Gaal’s Bayern Munich. Bayern will be without their star Franck Ribery, leaving Bayern winger Arjen Robben as the primary threat to Inter’s defense.
However, a cooperative and solid Inter defense, which stopped the world’s best player Lionel Messi, is more than able to stop Robben at Santiago Bernabeu and grant Inter owner Massimo Moratti the accolade he wholeheartedly desires.
Mourinho is a manager who does good planning in the preseason, sets his team according to his own system, and then uses his resources to develop a carefully prepared and detailed scheme to stop the opposition.
He is a manager who knows how to win a tough two-legged encounter, like the one where Inter ran-out victorious against Barcelona. And since the moment Mourinho managed to beat Real Madrid’s arch rivals, he has been linked with the soon-to-vacant Real Madrid managerial post.
The Madrid giants, tired of acting as Spain’s second-most important team, have been strongly linked with the Portuguese tactician.
Florentino Perez needs a manager to be able to control all the stars in the squad. Perez knows that the fans want the Champions League and are eager to see Real’s name above Barcelona’s in the Primera Division table.
Mourinho is a man who knows how to win league titles, says his fantastic history which saw him win league titles in Portugal, Italy, and England. The 47-year-old has already won the Champions League once with Porto and is likely to be the victor again.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid have struggled on the national and continental level and have now seen their media hype vanish as Barcelona’s vibrant displays and teamwork abilities have gathered fans and critics alike.
Real Madrid must now re-install themselves as the most interesting club in the world—ahead of Barcelona. If the Catalans are playing good football, Madrid can challenge them with big-name signings.
Then Mourinho can step: His charm can bring Real Madrid back to the media spotlight and his winning formula can be fruitful as the club chases its 10th Champions League trophy.
Whether he wins one of the three trophies he is chasing or he manages to get the double or the fantastic treble, Mourinho is likely to leave in the summer. He will certainly be looking to move away from Italy.
With Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson still hanging on and no other job in England looking appealing, the Portuguese tactician has no other choice but Spain.
Pep Guardiola's failure to retain the Champions League won't land him in cold water, as he still has the faith of the club's board and fans.
With Mourinho possibly eying a journey to Spain where he can establish himself as the first manager to win league titles in four different countries, Real Madrid seems a very likely destination for him.
I just hope they would then appreciate having one of the best managers in football this time around.