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Real Madrid's Biggest Flop Under Jose Mourinho

MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 24:  Real Madrid head coach Jose Mourinho gives the ball back during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 24, 2011 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Aila StumpoCorrespondent INovember 20, 2011

Over the course of one-and-a-half seasons, around 60 Real Madrid footballers have played under the guidance of Portuguese manager  Jose Mourinho. Of those 60, 12 were new purchases made by "Mou" and the board of Real Madrid.

But of the 60, who was the biggest flop? Who, despite high expectations, failed to make a great impact on the team or any at all?

Taking into consideration the squads of this season and last, I consider Ezequiel Garay to be the biggest flop under Mourinho.

Why?

After returning for the 2009/10 from loan to former club Racing Santander, Garay excelled under Manuel Pellegrini. Making a total of 23 appearances in all competitions, he made three assists and scored the winner against Valencia, after replacing a seriously injured Pepe.

The following season, in which Jose Mourinho took the reins, was a very different story for the Argentine.

He went from 23 appearances to just eight in all competitions, five of which were starts. In addition, seven goals were conceded while he was playing. In the amount of playing time he has received, he proved that any hopes held for him before the season commenced were unfulfilled.

This more than likely contributed to his sale to Portuguese outfit Benfica.

Not to say he is the worst defender in the world, but in his time with Los Blancos under Mourinho, he was unsuccessful, despite previous hopes. He has, since his move, improved and proven himself to the Lisbon club.

 

In your opinion, who was the biggest flop so far under Jose Mourinho?

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