The 2012 Spanish Supercup was the third and final trophy won by Jose Mourinho during his three-season spell at Real Madrid.
The former Chelsea coach is expected to return to Stamford Bridge this summer, leaving Los Blancos without silverware in 2013.
Between late February and early April, Mourinho was winning his mental battles against all of his critics. Consecutive wins against Barcelona in the Spanish Cup and La Liga, a historic albeit controversial triumph at Manchester United in the Champions League, and a quarter-final conquest of Turkey’s Galatasaray did the talking.
However, Mourinho’s decision to bench goalkeeper Iker Casillas indefinitely soon became an epidemic illness on the entire squad and his own career. The 2010 treble winner lost the plot despite trying to stay firm against fierce calls to restore Casillas’ pride.
Inevitably, unrest in the dressing room saw Real Madrid’s dream of clinching La Decima in 2013 sink completely against Borussia Dortmund.
Los Blancos’ latest fiasco occurred in the Copa del Rey final with Atletico Madrid lifting the title at the Santiago Bernabeu on May 17. Like his fellow countryman Cristiano Ronaldo, Mourinho was sent off in that turbulent encounter which quite summed up his spell in the Spanish capital: a good start, a loss of self-control, and an eventual failure.
Ramon Calderon, who left Real Madrid’s presidential post in 2009, added his comments to the already boiling soup Mourinho has found himself in for months now.
Typically, he branded the Portuguese manager as a flop and a virus in Spain. Referring to the Special One’s record of three titles only in three years – the worst in the history of any Real Madrid coach – Calderon told Sky Sports’ Revista De La Liga on Wednesday: “Of course he has been a failure. […] What I really don’t like and what many followers of Real Madrid don’t like is the way he has behaved.
“I don’t know what he did in England but his behaviour in Spain wasn’t compatible with Real Madrid’s history."
The ex-Los Blancos club president continued: “We have a part of our hymn which says ‘when we lose, we shake hands’ — we don’t poke fingers in eyes, which is what he did to Tito Vilanova.”
Mourinho’s distinctive bold character is certainly what made him achieve so much glory in Portugal, England and Italy. However, it has also made him unpopular – especially during the last few years, in Spain.
In truth, what is to blame between Mourinho’s individual ability as a coach and his lack of compatibility with Real Madrid and the Spanish media?
Veteran Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has no doubt that all Jose Mourinho needs is love. He told The Sun on Wednesday: “Jose Mourinho’s the best manager I’ve worked with, I hope he comes [to Chelsea].”
Jose Mourinho's career statistics as of 2013:
•: 2002/03 and 2003/04 Primeira Liga, 2002/03 Taça de Portugal, 2002/03 UEFA Cup, 2003 Supertaca Candido de Oliveira, 2003/04 UEFA Champions League FC Porto (2002-2004) – six trophies in two years
•: 2004/05 and 2005/06 Premier League, 2004/05 and 2006/07 League Cup, 2005 FA Community Shield, 2006/07 FA CupChelsea (2004-2007) – six trophies in three years
•: 2008 Supercoppa Italiana, 2008/09 and 2009/10 Serie A, 2009/10 Coppa Italia, 2009/10 UEFA Champions LeagueInternazionale (2008-2010) – five trophies in two years
•: 2010/12 Copa del Rey, 2011/12 La Liga, 2012 Supercopa de EspanaReal Madrid (2010-2013) – three trophies in three years
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