Real Madrid can reign supreme under Mourinho

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Jose Mourinho has a penchant for the odd sarcastic soundbite or two but, following Real Madrid's title celebrations on Sunday, his sincerity shone through.

"As the best club in football history, Real Madrid try to win all the titles," he told the club's official website.

The Portuguese certainly has a point.

A record 32 La Liga titles. More European Cups than any other side in history. If you are looking for a club characterised by success, than there is no need to allow your gaze to move further than the Santiago Bernabeu.

Such is the illustrious past of Real, there were few records for Mourinho to break when he arrived in Madrid from a Treble winning season with Inter Milan just under two years ago.

Yet, in their surge to domestic glory this term, Los Blancos have broken new ground in La Liga, by becoming the first side ever to gather 100 points in a Primera Division season.

A convincing 4-1 victory over Mallorca took Real into new territory, on a night which Mourinho described as 'magical', while his side also ended the season with a record goals tally.

He added: "This team has made history as the one that secured 100 points and these players are the ones who made that possible."

Florentino Perez, the club's president, put the current Real Madrid's achievements into context, set against the great sides of previous decades.

"This team is already part of this club's legend. Its numbers will be impossible to forget and it has honoured our history," he explained after their most recent victory.

"We won this title in our 110th anniversary and we're sure to have done it with the values that have been handed down to us by past generations."

When Mourinho was appointed to take on what had become a poisoned chalice, he was tasked with restoring an under-performing side to their former glories, while in the shadow of arguably the greatest club side in history.

Two years on, and Mourinho has gone on to make significant strides in upsetting the balance at the summit of Spanish football once again, and could now create another Real Madrid dynasty.

Barcelona will, of course, be hardened by their experiences of this season, and will return next term in pursuit of revenge under the guidance of Tito Vilanova.

Although this campaign can be deemed a relative failure, Barca could yet end the season with three more trophies in the cabinet, and the winning habit will not finish next year.

But Madrid present a different proposition to the side which began this campaign, with fractures in the dressing room seemingly overcome and Mourinho intent on remaining with the club for the long-term.

At the start of last season, Mourinho's tenure had been characterised more by failure against Barca than anything else, yet he has galvanised a bickering squad into statistically the best side ever seen in La Liga.

Challenging the supremacy of Barcelona domestically was the first task for Mourinho, but the next phase will be take Real to glory on the European stage.

Two Champions League semi-finals in successive seasons represents somewhat of an improvement on previous years but, following Barca's exit, European glory was there for the taking for Real this term.

Mourinho is certainly aware of the requirements to dominate both and home and abroad, and achieving a record European triumph with Real is his ultimate ambition.

"We have to start working again because this club doesn't allow you to rest after winning a title," he said. "It wants its tenth European Cup."

This season may have proven to be a pivotal one for Real, but build on their success of 2011-12, and the following campaign could transpire to be iconic.

Madrid can dominate for years to come with Mourinho at the helm, and cast Barcelona back into the shadows once again.

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