Why Jose Mourinho to Real Madrid Makes Sense

Gustavo DestroSenior Analyst IMay 23, 2010

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 22:  Jose Mourinho coach of Inter Milan celebrates victory after the UEFA Champions League Final match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Inter Milan at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 22, 2010 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Inter's 2-0 Champions League Final win was, quite simply, dominant. It's a hard concept to grasp if one looks at the match stats and sees that the Italian side had a mere 30 percent of possession.

It must be said that it was not one of Jose Mourinho's tactical masterpieces; however, it didn't have to be. Bayern were over-reliant on Arjen Robben, and much like the second leg of the Barcelona tie, Inter's defense held strong and shut down one of the Champions League's better attacks (sans Frank Ribbery, though).

Now that Jose Mourinho has joined the exclusive club of Champions League (and European Cup) winners with two teams and has brought the first treble to Internazionale's history, the big question is: What's next?

It's not me asking, it's everyone, and surely Mourinho himself.

"The Special One" has already stated that he is not happy in Italian football and it is known that the Portuguese is very proud and ambitious, always seeking bigger and newer challenges.

Winning the treble creates one interesting scenario. What else is there to Mourinho to conquer? He gives the impression that his psyche is one of "arriving and conquering," winning everything there is with one club and then moving on, and right now there is nothing more to conquer at Inter.

By his comments after the match, it does seem that he has his mind elsewhere. When speaking to the Italian Television RAI, Mourinho suggested that he is ready to leave.

"The Champions League I won at Porto was my last game there and this time it will almost certainly be my last game for Inter. I want another challenge in my career. I want to become the only coach to win the Champions League with three different clubs. It's not definite that I'll go but I want new risks, new experiences, and now is the moment to decide.''

Sounds like a man who is ready to move on.

"Inter remains an option and I have a fantastic family here, but Real is the best option I have. The percentage of me leaving is higher than that of staying," continued Mourinho. "It (Real) is an enormous club, a club that wants the same as me; I want to win, I want to feel important, I want to keep winning.''

And nowhere will he feel more important, more relevant, more "Special" than in Madrid, in charge of the Galáticos.

Some have said and written that Mourinho going to Real is a newspaper fairytale, the hope of the big Madrid newspapers and tabloids to sell copious amounts of issues with Mourinho's quotes stamped on the front page.

But the union of Mourinho and Madrid is not only juicy, it makes all the sense in the world.

Madrid are, arguably, the world's biggest club, with international exposure unmatched by any club short of Manchester United. Real Madrid have the big bucks to allow for Mourinho to mold his team the way he did with this year's Inter. And last, but not least, Real provide the biggest challenge there is.

Coming off a season where they spent huge amounts of money to bring in the biggest stars in the world, scored over 100 goals in La Liga, finished the Spanish league with a record 96 points, and still finished trophyless (not to add the fact that rivals Atlético won the Europa League—yes, it is "just" the Europa League, but it's something) Real are facing a crossroads.

How do they get over the hurdle? How do they pass the round of 16 in a competition that was theirs to lose every year? How do they win La Liga?

And the big question: How do they beat Barcelona?

Bringing in Mourinho doesn't fix everything, but it is a step in the right direction. The signing of the Portuguese could be better than bringing in many players who would demand huge transfer fees and salaries. It has been shown that Mourinho gets the most of his players. How many people had, before this year, heard of Goran Pandev or Christian Chivu or even Diego Milito, for that matter?

Real have many players who are very good, but not internationally well known stars. Players such as Marcelo, Esteban Granero, and Mahamadou Diarra. In the right hands these players have tremendous potential and are the type of role players needed in championship teams.

Besides getting the most of his players, Mourinho is a huge personality who can control a dressing room full of big stars and their egos. Many times over the years teams with talented players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaká, Iker Casillas, and others do not reach their full potential because the manager may not be willing to push the players to their limit. Mourinho would have no trouble doing so.

But most of all Mourinho is a winner. Everywhere he has gone trophies have followed and that is exactly what Real Madrid need now: to win.

This is a union made in football heaven. The most cutthroat, aggressive, powerful team in the world and the manager who is, in his own very words, special.

A Galático manager for a Galático team.