Jose Mourinho is certainly experiencing his last days as coach of Real Madrid.
As days go by, it seems like Mourinho’s exit is only a matter of time before it becomes official. One thing to note is that if the 2004 and 2010 treble winner indeed quits the Spanish capital this year, few Madridistas will mourn his departure.
Not only has Mourinho failed to win La Decima since signing for Real Madrid three years ago, but he has also divided the dressing room. The Iker Casillas-Diego Lopez saga is too blatant to deny as local and international news sources are all over it for months now.
Spanish veteran goalkeeper Iker Casillas has not played for Los Blancos since injuring his hand in a cup match in January 2013. Diego Lopez was immediately signed as a replacement. Since then, Lopez has become Mourinho’s first-choice goalkeeper while Sergio Ramos assumes captaincy in the absence of Iker.
Real Madrid are on the brink of encountering a miserable season with shattered dreams of winning La Liga and the Champions League titles. Only victory against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey final on May 17 would ease the pain of the Spanish giants.
In the meantime, comments emerging from the Bernabeu in the media are not facilitating things. In the midst of all the speculations linking him with a return to Chelsea or even a switch to oil-rich PSG, Mourinho declared at a press conference on Tuesday: “I have decided to continue [at Real Madrid].
"I want to be paid by Real Madrid right until the day that I stop, not one day further. I understand that the world of football, just like the modern society in general, can be a hypocritical place. Those are not my principles. I feel fine, normal, relaxed at the moment.”
Ironically, what is clear is that the atmosphere at the Santiago Bernabeu is not "normal" and "relaxed". In fact, after referring to hypocrisy, Mourinho went on to hit back at Pepe’s claim that Casillas was not being respected.
Of course, the ‘Only One’ retorted in typical fashion, complimenting himself and drawing even more separation between his players.
“It is very easy to analyse what he says," Mourinho explained. "Pepe’s problem has a name – it’s called Raphael Varane. He was talking from frustration. It is not easy for a 30-year-old to be blown away by a kid of 19. But the kid is fantastic. And who had the courage to put in the kid? Me.
“So the problem is very simple. Pepe was an undisputed first-choice, he is not any longer. […] I understand it is not an easy situation for him. There must be very few people who think that Varane and Sergio Ramos are not the future of Real Madrid.”
Mourinho once again defended his choice to play Lopez and bench Casillas by adding: “For me, I like Diego Lopez more as a keeper than Iker Casillas. It is not a personal decision. I like a keeper who plays well with his feet, who dominates his area and comes for crosses.
“Iker makes great saves between the posts, but I prefer a different type of keeper. As long as I am Real Madrid coach, Diego Lopez will always play.”
And as long as Lopez plays and Casillas remains a benchwarmer, critics will continue to slam Mourinho at the peril of peace in the squad.
For some, Mourinho is an attention-seeker. For others, he speaks the truth even when it hurts. Whether he is right or wrong with the way he has managed his team this season, one thing is certain: Mourinho and the 111-year old spirit of Real Madrid are not compatible - at least, not anymore!
It is probably time for the two parties to part company but the ‘Only One’ claims he is not willing to step down at the end of the campaign.
According to ESPNFC.com, if Real Madrid president Florentino Perez decides to sack Mourinho, the latter will receive a huge pay-off whereas a deal with a different club would be easier to negotiate.
Could the former Chelsea man’s antics at Real Madrid be all part of a plan to force his sacking and quit the Bernabeu with an individual triumph?
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