It’s very difficult to argue against or reject the proposition that José Mourinho could manage your beloved football club. The self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ possesses a resume that speaks for itself. Mourinho has conquered Europe not once, but twice, with two different clubs. He’s hoisted the league title eight times in 12 years with four different top-level teams. Many players, coaches and commentators speak highly of the Portuguese’s talents but after a three-year stint in Madrid from 2010-2013, Florentino Perez should spend his time interviewing alternative candidates.
Why you may ask? Here’s our three reasons why Real Madrid should pass on the opportunity to bring back the Special One.
Mourinho's relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo
While many former players speak highly of Mourninho from their days playing under the Portuguese manager, it’s not a secret that the relationship between Cristiano and Mou is rocky to say the least. Much like Ronaldo, Mourinho is blessed with a journalist’s ideal fantasy: an enormous ego. The egotistical boss is well known for leaving reporters with journalism gold:
"Please don't call me arrogant, but I'm European champion and I think I'm a special one."
And one more:
"How do you say cheating in Catalan?" (Referring to Lionel Messi)
Unfortunately, the star studded ego Mourinho possesses tends to clash with players alike. During his three-year stint with the Spanish giants, Mourinho had a falling old with Madrid’s icon, Ronaldo. Their relationship reached a breaking point in 2013 following a match with Valencia in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey. Mourinho reprimanded Real Madrid’s No. 7 for his lack of defensive effort and for hurriedly taking a throw-in that Mesut Özil was unable to control. Their tension boiled over in the locker room postgame in which reports claim that Ronaldo needed to be restrained by teammates. Their relationship would never be the same again. The connection between a club's star man and manager is important if not the most imperative.
Bringing back Mourinho would only open up an entire new can of worms.
Lack of trophies
While Mou has enjoyed lifting eight league titles throughout the course of his career, only one of those domestic crowns was with Real Madrid.
Any manager hired to lead Los Blancos has one job: win trophies. While Mourinho was incredibly successful with the likes of Chelsea, Inter Milan and Porto, his stint with Real Madrid was underwhelming to say the least. During a time in which Los Merengues yearned for La Décima, Mourinho failed to deliver on three separate occasions, exiting the EUFA Champions League in the semi-finals each year.
His unsuccessful trials in European competition coincided with Real Madrid’s domestic title chase each year. Despite lifting the La Liga trophy at the end of the 2012 season, Mourinho’s team finished runner-up the two other years under his leadership. Perez expects nothing but the best from his heralded club and under Mourinho’s leadership just a few years ago, the club failed to live up to the lofty expectations.
Conservative style of play
Real Madrid possess a few of the most talented, skillful attackers in the world. The names of Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, James Rodríguez and Karim Benzema speak for themselves.
Rehiring Mourinho would propose an entirely new question to whether or not these players would be used to their full potential and ability. It’s no secret that Mou enjoys employing a more defensive style. In five months with Chelsea this season, the Blues scored three goals just once, against West Bromwich Albion, a consistent bottom-table team. Additionally, Chelsea averaged just over one goal per game in 16 appearances in the Barclay’s Premier League this season under the Portuguese boss.
The statistics don’t scream offensive powerhouse by any means. Furthermore, while Real Madrid supporters want their team to win first and foremost, goals are needed in order to do so. Mourinho’s track record proves that he doesn’t bring that luxury consistently.