When Jose Mourinho leaves a club, what generally follows is a transitional period I’ve come to call ‘Mourinho Syndrome’.
After his departures from Chelsea and Inter Milan, both clubs struggled to repeat the form depicted under his management, and it was quite a while before either were realistically ready to challenge on all fronts once again.
Now, he has left Madrid and Carlo Ancelotti is the man charged with the club’s rebuild.
One thing is for certain; Ancelotti has more on his hands than might meet the eye.
Real Madrid is historically an expectant club and unless the former PSG manager can inspire wins from the off, there will be unrest before too long.
First things first though, Ancelotti will have to tackle the current problem of Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract.
Madrid’s star man has stalled over penning a new deal and according to BBC Sport, they may look to sell him while he still holds a significant value in the market.
Then there’s also the issue about Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane’s involvement with the club. President Florentino Perez is a long-time admirer of the Frenchman and has reportedly encouraged a move into a more significant staffing role.
Ancelotti has stated that he wants Zidane alongside him in the dugout but, with Englishman Paul Clement already in place in an assistant capacity, it will be interesting to see how it will work.
Moving onto the pitch there’s a whole team of stars needing to be organised.
With striker Gonzalo Higuain having all but packed his bags to complete his move to Arsenal and fringe players such as Kaka, Fabio Coentrao and Pepe appearing surplus to requirements, Ancelotti may be faced with conducting the time of change in a way that will maintain the club's current stability.
Finally there is the style of football. At Madrid expectation to win comes with the territory. It’s not enough to simply rack up three points each week as the fans and more importantly the board expect to see beautiful, attacking football.
Whereas most club's desire to win, at Madrid there is a large emphasis placed upon winning in style.
This was perhaps one of Mourinho’s downfalls during his tenure. Though his counter-attacking style was effective, it often wasn’t pretty to watch.
If Ancelotti can move quickly to conjure a remedy for these potential pains then he may well be able to restore Los Blancos to a state of harmony.
If he fails to do so, Madrid may well join the list of clubs that have fallen foul of ‘Mourinho Syndrome’.
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