Jose Mourinho was quoted as saying that Arsene Wenger is a ‘specialist in failure’ but with the Gunners winning the FA Cup his critics seems to have been all but silenced. Mourinho’s, on the other hand, are louder than ever.
Mourinho has always been outspoken, ever since his first days in English football after his self titling of ‘The Special One’, but his comments about Wenger caused a backlash and with his team failing to win a trophy this season the tides may have turned. When the announcement was made of Mourinho’s return a big percentage of pundits and fans thought that he would instantly bring success - just as he did at Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Chelsea in his first term in charge. This season was anything but a success.
His failure to lure Wayne Rooney from Manchester United was a blow before the season even started. In truth United were never likely to sell one of their biggest players let alone to the team that were favourites for the title. Mourinho spent a large amount of time trying get his man rather than switching to another target, forcing him to eventually sign Samuel Eto’o. None of the Chelsea strikers this season have set the league on fire and its been argued that had the Blues had a top striker the league could have been a real possibility. This then should be deemed as is his first ‘failure’.
His second ‘failure’ would be his teams lack of silverware this season. No league title, no domestic cups and losing the chance of European success after the defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi final. For a club as big as Chelsea and the financial backing they have this is not expected. Big summer deals for Willian, Andre Schurrle, Marco van Ginkel and the addition of Eto’o for a combined £60million had people thinking the lack of a Rooney type player wouldn’t be felt as much as it was.
His third ‘failure’ would be the performance of the team as a whole, if a team isn’t performing week in week out at top levels you’re always going to struggle to win the league. Big wins over the other top teams had people believing Chelsea are back in the title race a number of times but the losses against the lesser sides is what really cost Mourinho in the end.
All of these are indeed failures, but they are only failures for a man who has won the domestic leagues in Portugal, England, Italy and Spain. A man who has won nearly every domestic cup available in every league he has managed in. The man who has won the Champions League twice, with two different clubs. A man who is expected to win every thing all the time and this record, whilst being incredible, is the ammunition his critics use to point out his flaws.
His reign at Madrid was considered average, despite the fact that the Champions League was the only trophy he didn't win. Mourinho is expected to win and win big virtually every season, and the ‘failures’ mentioned in this article are some of reasons he didn’t win a trophy this season.
However, as I said, it’s only a failure of a season because of record and expectations of the man in question. If he has his way in the transfer window don’t be surprised if we see another dominating season from one of the best managers in history at one of the biggest clubs in world football.
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