Following a mutual agreement earlier in May, Real Madrid and Jose Mourinho will part company at the end of the season.
Club president Florentino Perez is, therefore, looking to reshape the squad with Zinedine Zidane in charge as Sporting Director.
While the departure of Mourinho from the Santiago Bernabeu appears a huge relief for many, Perez believes that the ‘Special One’ deserves more plaudits.
In an interview with Cadena Cope, the chief gave his own rating of the Portuguese coach.
“I give him a B+ for his time at Madrid,” he stated. “We have been a bit annoyed by some results. As time goes by, though, we realise that the work of Mourinho has been very positive.”
Under Mourinho, Los Blancos ended their 18-year title drought in the Copa del Rey by claiming glory in 2010. The following season, they halted Barcelona’s domination in La Liga. In the process, Real Madrid hit a record 100 points – an achievement that could be matched by the Catalans on Matchday 38 with victory at home to Malaga.
Last August, the Spanish giants also clinched the Spanish Super Cup. Since then, however, the team has struggled to replicate or best the form that saw them end the 2011/12 season on a high as league champions. This, it is believed, is the result of dressing room conflicts which Mourinho failed to correctly control this year.
Commenting on the issue, Perez concluded: “People are what they are. He lives all with so much passion and so much demand that sometimes things happen [such as fallouts with players].”
Mourinho has been heavily criticized for benching veteran Iker Casillas. The latter, who is seen as a symbol of Los Blancos, last played a match in January 2013; that was against Valencia in the quarter-finals of the Spanish Cup.
Casillas went on to injure his arm and the recovery process took a couple of months. During this period, January transfer window signing Diego Lopez transformed into Mourinho’s number one choice to wear the gloves between the posts.
World Cup winner Iker Casillas was on the bench during Real Madrid’s crucial defeats to Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals and city rivals Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey final.
Mourinho will officially end his turbulent spell in the Spanish capital this weekend with a home match against Osasuna in La Liga. The 50-year-old will then return to Chelsea, according to intense recent speculation.
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