Jose Mourinho has had a turbulent time at Real Madrid.
He was brought to the Santiago Bernabeu by club president Florentino Perez in 2010 with two aims: knock Barcelona off the perch of Spanish football, and win Real Madrid their 10th European Cup.
And although he saw off the threat of Barca by winning La Liga in breathtaking fashion last season – winning the league with 100 points - he has failed to capture European football's biggest prize in three attempts, and will reportedly leave the club this summer, having agreed to rejoin Chelsea.
Madrid were eliminated from the Champions League on Tuesday, and although Los Blancos have had the better of the Blaugrana in recent meetings, Tito Vilanova's side could regain the league title this weekend if results go their way.
And while Mourinho can win the second Copa del Rey of his reign when his men face city rivals Atletico Madrid later this month, he would leave the Bernabeu with a sense of regret that he has not been able to deliver the fabled Decima - Real's elusive s 10th European title.
Before being controversially cut off by ITV, Mourinho spoke of his future at the Santiago Bernabeu.
“I want to be where people love me to be,” the Portuguese coach stated. “I know in England I’m loved. I know I’m loved by some clubs, especially one. In England I’m loved by fans and the media treat me in a fair way. I’m fairly criticised or credited when I deserve.”
“In Spain it is a big difference because some people hate me, some even in this [press conference] room.”
Unfortunately, it is semi-final heartbreak once again for Mourinho and Real Madrid. With tensions continuing to rise between the Special One and the Spanish media, Mourinho would be in his right to pack his bags and move back to England.
His modest, egotistical persona was cherished by the English media throughout his tenure at Chelsea.
While he may be lamented a failure by the Spanish press, he will always be embraced by the English.
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