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VIDEO: How José Mourinho Constructed The Best Counter-Attacking Team Of All Time

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Earlier this decade Madridistas went through some dark days, as FC Barcelona were dominating European football with a brand of football affectionately termed as “tiki-taka.” While overly simplistic, that moniker accurately described the aesthetic ethos of the Catalans, which emphasized pure domination of the ball. After a short stint with Manuel Pellegrini as manager, Florentino Pérez turned to the antithesis of the Barcelona way — José Mourinho.

Pragmatic and a practitioner of what detractors called “anti-fútbol,” Mourinho arrived off an Inter Milan campaign where he had won the treble after defeating Barcelona in the semifinals of the Champions League. The hope was that Mourinho’s stylistic contrasts to Barcelona would provide Real Madrid with a tactical and mental identity that could dethrone their hated rivals.

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