Real Madrid's 2011/12 season under Jose Mourinho is criminally underrated

Real Madrid were dominant in La Liga during the 2011/12 season

Jose Mourinho's time as Real Madrid manager is not often remembered fondly by the majority of football fans.

Squabbles with the likes of Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo are what defined the Mourinho era and the 'Special One' was unable to deliver the Champions League during his tenure.

However, in 2011/12, the current Tottenham manager's Real Madrid side was responsible for one of the most dominant seasons ever seen in European football.

In fact, it's a campaign that is criminally underrated in the scheme of things, especially given how many often wax lyrical about Manchester City's 'centurion' season of 2017/18.

Some Spanish newspapers labelled Los Blancos' 2011/12 triumph as 'La Liga de los Records', which translates to 'The League of Records'.

That's because the men in white were frighteningly good during their 38 league games, scoring 121 - yes 121 - goals along the way, an average of 3.18 goals per game.

That total is a record among Europe's top five leagues and for context, City's centurions only mustered 106.

Mourinho's Real Madrid side finished on 100 points, winning 32 games - with 16 of those victories coming away from home - and losing on just two occasions.

Ronaldo secured the Pichichi by scoring 46 La Liga goals, with Gonazlo Higuain (22 goals) and Karim Benzema (21 goals) making sizeable contributions.

Below, you will find a video that pays homage to one of the greatest - and most underrated - teams of the modern era.


Mesut Ozil and Angel Di Maria creating chances for fun, while Ronaldo, Higuain and Benzema made goal scoring look way too easy.

Who says Mourinho teams can't look good, eh?

The only downside to the campaign was the fact that dominance in La Liga could not be mirrored in Europe.

Despite being comfortably the best side in the world during the season, Mourinho saw his Champions League dreams shattered in the Bernabeu, as Real were eliminated by Bayer Munich on penalties in the semi-final.

Tough luck, Jose.

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