Gracias, mister.

Real Madrid's coach Jose Mourinho is thrown in the air by his players after their win over Athletic Bilbao to win the Spanish first division league title in Bilbao

Long gone were the days when simply hearing “Real Madrid” would unleash fear within any rival. Long gone were the days where Real Madrid and Champions League were a synonym of success. Long gone was the king of Spain that no rival stood a chance to. Long gone were those days when those 31 Ligas, 17 Copas del Rey, 9 Champions League and 8 Supercopas meant something, or anything.

Jose Mourinho arrived in Real Madrid a magical May 31st of 2010. He became Real Madrid’s 11th coach in 7 years and picked up a team full of knew faces who maybe one or two teammates. A team in which not one member knew what it was like to get the Copa del Rey from King Juan Carlos and celebrate. A team where only Iker knew what it was like to win a Champions League with the white jersey. Heck, only Iker knew what it was like to get past quarterfinals in Champions League with Real Madrid!!!!

Real Madrid 2003-4: 4th place in Liga. Finalist in Copa. Left Champions League in the first knock out stage after losing to Monaco due to the away goal rule.

Real Madrid 2004-5: 2nd place in Liga. Out in the round of 16 in Copa after failing to score more than one goal on humble Valladolid. Out in Round of 16 in Champions after losing to Juventus 1-2.

Real Madrid 2005-6: 2nd in Liga. Semifinalist in Copa after losing to Zaragoza 5-6. Out in Champions in Round of 16 again after losing 0-1 to Arsenal.

Real Madrid 2006-7: La Liga champions. Out in Round of 16 of Champions after losing due to away goals to Bayern. Out in Round of 16 in Copa after losing to Real Betis.

Real Madrid 2007-8: La Liga champions. Out in the first knock out round of Champions after losing 2-4 to Roma. Out in Copa in Round of 16 after losing 2-3 to Mallorca.

Real Madrid 2008-9: Second in Liga. Out in Champions after losing 0-5 to Liverpool in the round of 16. Out in round of 32 after losing to Real Union (who?)

Real Madrid 2009-10: Second place in Liga. Out in Champions after losing 1-2 to Lyon in quarterfinals, shocker. Out in Copa del Rey after losing 4-1 to Alcorcon. Pepe, Raul, Higuain, Albiol, Arbeloa, Van Nistelrooy, Kaka, Guti, Benzema, Granero, Van der vaart and Marcelo were only able to score 1 goal on Alcorcon in 180 minutes. No me jodas.

This is the Real Madrid that Mourinho picked up. No longer head of Champions League group. No longer a threat. Humiliated by a team not in Segunda, but in Segunda B, despite the stars. People say that Mourinho had more money than the rest. I beg to differ. Throughout this mess, Zinedine Zidane, Raul, Roberto Carlos, Figo, Casillas, Michael Owen, Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo, Michel Salgado, Sergio Ramos, Robinho, Baptista, Cassano, Robben, Sneijder, Marcelo, Cannavaro, Van Nistelrooy, Reyes, Saviola, Metzelder, Huntelaar, Van der Vaart. Higuain, Xabi Alonso, Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema were part of these squads. Are these players not enough to get past quarter finals of Champions?

José Mourinho did what it felt like was impossible for Real Madrid. He got through that round of 16 in Champions in his three years as a manager. Real Madrid began to be a threat again. Real Madrid gained back the honor of being the head of group stage in the competition. Three years leaving the Champions with our heads up. Three years of being proud of our colours. Three years of REALLY BELIEVING once again, in La Décima. Three years of waking up knowing that we will not get kicked out without putting up a fight.

José Mourinho fought for Copa del Rey and gave it as much importance as La Liga. That is why, Iker Casillas, despite the many many many years he already had with the institution FINALLY received the medal he never had. Winning the final against no less than the “BEST Barcelona in history”. Against the team that was unbeatable. Against the team that had stolen our status in Europe. Against the team that we wanted down. NOT ONE, humiliating exit. NOT ONE joke of a game. NOT ONE disaster.

José Mourinho wrote his name all over the history of La Liga. All over, Xavi, ALL. OVER. The best La Liga title ever seen. 100 points. 121 goals for. 51 more goals than we scored in 2005 and 2006, 49 more than in 2004, 55 more than in 2007…. and I could keep on going. Evidently the most wins any team has ever recorded in La Liga. The most wins at away. the most points away, the most goals away. The best goal difference in a Liga +89. The first team to score more than 110 goals in one season. Simply the best squad to have ever played in La Liga.

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In three years Mourinho had as many of the three major titles as all the other coaches in seven years.

José Mourinho arrived in Madrid with a smile which was demonized by the media and believed by the weak. He was demonized without a reason. From day 1, he was stalked non stop. He was called satan, Hitler and he was compared to many other monsters in history without a real reason but because of the jealousy that the tag of being Special gets attached to. He put up a fight. FOR THE FIRST TIME, Jose Mourinho made us open our eyes. Not just ours but also the institutions’. Mourinho made the club take action upon all these so called journalists who were staining his name. That guy that called Mourinho a “Portuguese Nazi” on air? Yap, paying a 6 000 Euro fine right now. Oh, I forgot. He was hated for being PORTUGUESE. Something never seen before. Mourinho would drop off his kid at football practice and there would be “”””journalists”””” waiting for him, to see what he did and what he didn’t do. The hate transmitted from these men towards Mourinho was such that it lead to a group of PARENTS to stand behind his son’s goal and swear at the 12 year old. What on earth does a 12 year have to do with his father?! When have you ever seen such treatment to a coach?! What was his sin? Why did they lose their minds?!

The truth, is ugly. Everyone claims to want the truth yet no one can handle it. Ask Cristiano, if people could handle the truth he would have a lot more gold in his trophy cabinet.

Mourinho is more than just a statue. He is a man. A father, a husband. Big part of his departure has to do with his wife. She couldn’t handle the living hell they have made their lives in Madrid. After failing to attack him the journalists got involved with his family. Any father’s Achilles heel. Don’t believe any other story.

You know what else Mourinho brought back to Madrid? Canteranos.

Somehow the media led people to believe that in some previous imaginary parallel universe, Real Madrid played with an XI full of canteranos. Never happened, probably never will. Look at the last 3 European Championships won. 1998: Sanchis, Raul, Cañizares, Sanz and Jaime were canteranos part of the squad (Morientes arrived at age 21).  2000: Casillas, Raul & Sanchis. 2002: Raul, Casillas, Pavon & Guti.

Jose Mourinho made more canteranos debut than any coaches in the past years. Nacho and Morata got continuity. Jose Rodriguez became the youngest player in Real Madrid’s history to debut in all three tournaments. It doesn’t even end there, look at Mourinho’s signings: Callejon and Diego Lopez. Current canteranos in Real Madrid who play or have played a decent amount of hours this season: Adan, Casillas, Diego Lopez, Callejon, Arbeloa,  Morata, Nacho. That’s seven. Not to mention the work he is doing with Jose Rodriguez and Diego Llorente. Well was, because he won’t be there anymore.

It is too easy to sit back and read what the press wants to feed you and not critically think about it. It is harder to sit back for a few hours and put together a piece that will tell you why we are making yet another managerial mistake.

Mourinho has taught me to be honest no matter what and to never stop believing. To stay true to yourself and to not be out there to please people, but to look for the best for your party. How many other coaches would have benched Casillas to play Diego Lopez even despite all the hell that broke on him for that decision? Now I am sure Diego will look for another team to save but I thank him too for allowing us to believe in La Decima this year and I am glad to have seen him fulfill his dreams under the three posts of Real Madrid, screaming every goal like if it was the last and suffering after conceding every single one, like if it meant the game.

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I will miss the remountadas and those amazing speedy come backs that made Real Madrid return to the cover of all newspapers. I thank him for the 9 months that have passed without losing to Barcelona. I thank him for putting us back up again. I hope one day, I can meet him and shake his hand and thank him for everything he did because I am sure he has no idea the magnitude of his actions. I just hope that now, whoever takes over, continues this amazing project that has us all believing… that has us so fucking close, to La Decima.

May the future bring you nothing but happiness in your new home and peace to your family. You will be forever in my heart, Jose Mourinho.

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Hala Moudrid

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107 Responses to Gracias, mister.

  1. Jenny says:

    do you think we won’t be as good since he’s gone? the remontadas are not possible anymore? I love your blogs and your opinions but you make it seem as if now we won’t be good and it’s not possible to be better!

    • rmadridgirl says:

      I have no crystal ball to see the future. There will be changes in the summer and the new manager will have to accommodate. We weren’t as good the seven years before him, I don’t know if it’s a coincidence that we became better or if he improved us. Time will tell though and it is possible to be better and we must be, to win La Décima

  2. JcanGhandi says:

    I can’t even find words for your article!!! Spot on!! Thank you for telling it just as it is!

  3. This is the first article I’ve read on your blog! I’m soo impressed and touched that I felt like hugging you after reading! This is the truth the press are working so hard to conceal. Without a coach like Mou we would have never gotten back to our usual standard! His limitless efforts to defend the club and the will to win no matter what it costs is something I have never seen before!
    The guy is truely special. I’m glad he was our manager for these few years!

  4. Adham says:

    I just don’t know what to say,words won’t describe my feelings towards ur awesome article,thank u for saying what we want to say,i’m such a lucky guy as i’m following ur blog and tweets,no one described real madridista’s feeling for MOU like u did,i’m just afraid that within a couple of years we will ask him to back to save us again,THANK U!

  5. Wass says:

    True as always.. We’ll miss you, Mou!!

  6. My best memory of Mou as a great manager at RealMadrid
    Before the start of the 2012/13 season, Adan wanted to leave due to lack of playing time. Mou therefore promised him the CdR games for the season to keep him on. The CdR however became a priority for the team as we started the league badly. In order to keep his word to Adan, Mou decided to give Adan playing time in La liga (beginning from the Malaga game and the follow up matches just before the CdR game against Valencia) so that he can use his best goalie (Iker) for the Copa games as ensued in the subsequent matches before Iker got injured. The press never got the memo but kept on with their raw hatred for a man who justed wanted the best for his team.
    Mou is/was such a great coach and it took objective and open minded people to see his real intentions.

    • rmadridgirl says:

      It was a bad time for Adán then. Being boo’ed by the crowd fan of the team which he grew up loving and playing for.

      • With Adan’s case, I realised that the Bernabeu and local Spaniards would go at no limit to defend Casillas. For this, I even thought it wise that we didn’t need to put anyone in the post pending his recovery from injury. These are the things the media should have concerned themselves with. Well, its never gonna change.

  7. Cris says:

    Great stuff, will miss Mou and can only hope the project continues towards La Decima and we take back the league. Gracias Mou and Gracias @rmadridgirl!

  8. aatmaparak says:

    I agree with you. I also think it was a big managerial mistake to let Mourinho go but I think it’s better for him to leave. The truth that Cristiano should have more gold in his trophy cabinet is hardly even taken everywhere. Just because he and the coach are Portugese, the spanish media hated them since their arrival and even some Madridistas. I believe the club will always regret for letting Mou go, or they have already regreted (talking about the title losses)for makin so hard for Mou, rather to concentrate on game, he was kept busy to maintain relationships. I think before Perez gives any new coach the objectives at realmadrid should give that power/authority to the coach to choose the more suitable player for the game or to keep the player on the bench who is out of form or concerntration. Our players must respect the coach’s decision and in stead of arguing with the coach they should keep trying to re/gain their position in the starting eleven. To handle the press or to please the players or the president or the fans or to concentrate on the gameplan and to win trophies may be a manager’s job but everybody made it difficult for Mou at real madrid. I’ll always be MOURINHO’s supporter. FUCK the press, FUCK the so called MADRIDISTAS, and FUCK everybody who thinks MOURINHO was a failure. I think the fans should not be biased to any player or the coach, they should love the team and only the team as a whole. THANKS for the three seasons JOSE MOURINHO.

  9. Angel says:

    the only thing i dont want right now is RM to face CHELSEA in champions league, we know the special one.. you will comeback stronger than ever.. @al_lantigua

  10. Oswaldo Pina says:

    Excelente! No hay duda que tienes talento para escribir. Madrid doesn’t know what they’re letting go.

  11. Eby says:

    There is a certain degree of stability that our club lacks, we have to agree. Maybe mou was radical in his ways, and that’s enough for a certain Perez to decide that its time for change. But the fact is that he brought out a lot of the faults in the system and the heirarchy! And this was a bitter pill that no one was willing to digest. There is a bitter-sweet feeling. Maybe this was a mistake. Maybe it was Mou who was meant to give us La Decima. Who knows.

    • rmadridgirl says:

      Indeed. 11 coaches in 7 years does not exactly scream safety. I was hoping Mourinho would stay at least until 2016. Let’s hope it is not a mistake despite us disagreeing with Mourinho’s departure and that the next coach will guide us to the trophy

  12. Buddy says:

    I was so happy that we won La Liga and other silverware. It was all thanks to this great man that was condemned by the media but they finally had something interesting to put in their papers. I had lost hope for the Decima but Mourinho has definitely brought it back. It is a shame that we lost him, this is a lesson that the Board has to learn like Abramovich had to learn that Mourinho created a successful team. We have never Champions League under Perez’s rule. I hope that rich fool realizes that his Stars need a good leader and they just let him go.

  13. Camilla says:

    Wow… I’m a new madridista. I’ve only known Mou’s Real Madrid, I was confident that this was a project that would bring us a LOT of joy, and of course drunk xabi.
    Mourinho was brave and worked hard, it’s a shame that we couldn’t win la Decima with him, I know he will be great wherever he goes. I hope our new coach can have this much courage: give new players a chance, and that he picks the starting XI by merit and not because of their name (or associations).
    Mourinho worked with a lot of divas, obviously he is not the problem; And I must add that madridistas out there who don’t think critically about what the press says should be embarrassed to be manipulated that easily… Casillas has to fight for a starting place, he has to give 100%, he can’t just rely on titles that he won’t ten years ago or titles that he won with the NT

    Anyway, I wish the best to mou and his family. Gracias mister.

    • rmadridgirl says:

      Haha, drunk Xabi! It takes a lot to lead Real Madrid because you will always be at the eye of the storm. Let’s hope the next coach has the personality it takes. You’re in for a good ride, it’s a great feeling to be white.

  14. Sagar says:

    will you explain why he failed to win liga in his first season?took over a team which got 96 points which competed for liga till last round and made excuses immediately saying my teams are best ho second season.His tactical ineptness-points dropped at mallorca,levante at home to gijon,zaragoza.any this year was supposed to be yr we kicked on-retain liga and im for CL.But what?he’s conceded liga by december.

    • rmadridgirl says:

      Tactical ineptness would have never won Champions League with Porto. Look at how the points were dropped, awful defending. There is only so much a coach can do. You cannot prepare for personal mistakes. Look at Benzema and Higuain. Cristiano can’t score and win every single game. The pair has scored 24 less goals this year than the last, obviously it takes a toll.

  15. Nice article! Nobody is perfect but the positive sides of Mou are perfect. Time to move on! Best of luck to Mou!

  16. Diego Cervantes says:

    Todo lo que dices de Mou es la verdad. Aunque Directivos, jugadores y aficionados no lo vean… Mou nos a devuelto el sentimiento de ser los mejores y sería una estupidez no ocupar toda la rabia del infortunio (1 gol para la final de UCL, oportunidades de sobra para follarnos al Atletico) y llegar la próxima temporada con un nuevo técnico, nuevos jugadores pero el mismo sentimiento y ambición de demostrarle al mundo como juega el Madrid….

  17. Abia says:

    I’m not going to lie Mourinho in the last few months was annoying me because of the drama. However, deep down I never wanted him to leave. I started my Real Madrid journey with him. I can’t picture Real Madrid without him. This was a great article, I cried. I’m scared of the future for Real Madrid. I want the treble. I hope we can get it.♥

  18. totwit says:

    Like Perez said he is in our History, The Special One! You cant take it away from him… He made us fearless. He brought back the joy of being a Madridsta and the hope of reaching La décima. I so wish he could stay back but … Thank You Jose for everything and for the come backs and the massive results. Jose Mourinho, The Only Special One!!!!

  19. totwit says:

    Like Perez said he is in our History, The Special One! You cant take it away from him… He made us fearless. He brought back the joy of being a Madridsta and the hope of reaching La décima. I so wish he could stay back but … Thank You Jose for everything, the come backs, the massive results, and the pressers. Jose Mourinho, The Only Special One!!!!

    • balqees says:

      I didn’t have the previledge to reply your first article but i must confess Ɣ☺ΰ are a genius, keep it up if only this article will get †o the whole world i will be more than happy, Ɣ☺ΰ have said it all…they couldn’t handle him because he was a portugise and because he was label the special one i was heart broken because of the way he was treated but after reading your article i was not anymore…love Ɣ☺ΰ so much

  20. Sahil Bohra says:

    First article I read on this blog. WoW! You should definitely for the press in Madrid. Help them become better! I am a True Blue and Mourinho fan. Stunning article!
    P.S: Your loss is our gain 😉 😛

  21. Khalifa says:

    Jose Mourinho is already part of realmadrid. I wish him luck wherever he goes and I also hope he’ll be back to Madrid one day. Gracias Mourinho and Gracias rmadridgirl.

  22. Shambhab says:

    First of all, Greatest article m seeing from a Madridista “in favour of Mou”

    Mou is 1 of the greatest of all time, ucl win with Porto, then treble-win with Inter, no coach cud match that ever
    but there is a term like ‘legacy’ exists, after Mou’s exit, the whole Inter team collapsed physically n mentally, they dont even finish in top 4 now, after 49 years or so they are today finishing a season with securing they cant compete in any european competitions next season, innumerous coaches changed, even Stramaccioni is also on the verge of getting sackd in few days
    his days of Chelsea-reign was backd up on few senior players, he didnt even try to exploit new talents, and his chelsea-exit is also markd with physical-deformation of the squad, and his relation with some senior players also collapsed, may b not commpletely as in Madrid but yeah to a greater extent
    let’s come to our team, the spirit he endorced in us, the fighting mentality he installed, the spirit he created is irreplacable (may b that’s why when he benchd Saint unnecessarily, whole team stood up for IKER)
    But what we all forgot, his similar story continues here too, 2nd season- a burst-out season, all players was dyeing to achieve something, 3rd season came, as usual all unity, all striveless trying collapsed, he solved the great mystery of how to defeat Barca, but it seemed that it was his only goal to achieve, similar, when he defeated Frank Rijkaard, n in the next stage got schooled by Rafa Benitez, here he got schooled by bottom teams of Liga, by Jurgen Klopp, by Diego Simeone ( u’ll brag about 3 woodwork-hit n ozil-higuain misses, but accept the truth we were defeated at home after 14 PRECISE YEARS ) he used concept of just-defending against barca with Inter, after his departure, this tactic simply sinkd their treble-ship, they are now no greater than a mere boat only! ( and they dont hav Russian-black-money, so they cudnt install their winning-spirit again )
    Here, he was given unprecedented power like never before.
    U think about how Perez sackd
    VDB for no reason after a champions’-league win!! ( ofc for mere classico-loss )
    then Queiroz, Capello etc came and with their misplaced-defensive tactics, just finishd our team-play, natural flair, we became a piece of star-studded lump, no clear destiny, no clear intention
    then in came Schuster, won Liga, won Classicos, knocked out of round of 16 but with much sparks, n potential shown from a team which were going through their dark patch of time, then he told some mad words about clasico only to get sackd the very next day
    Pellegrini had to deal with a whole new team, against a formidable Barca team, which defeated us 6-2 or 5-0

    so tell me, which manager actually got this much time, security, power to handle all internal-things, n unfinishable resources all together in Perez-era (even calderon era), none.

    Now talk about success, u’ll say under mou we won incredible percentage of matches, then there is Pellegrini who had better winning-percentage in his short tenure, even in no particular season, mou crossed those records, and we expected more than just 1 liga n 1 copa del ray ( both being two of most historic wins in our history )
    Constructive Criticism: he didnt create a strong back 4, Arbi getting old and making too much mistakes in a match to match our level, still not confirmd- our CB-pairs, only gr8 progressive change has occured in left of the defence
    attack: our attack has been poor in penetrating solid defence of small teams with keeping fruitful possession at least, players had gr8 fluidity in both of his debut n 2nd season, but has successively lost fluidity as well natural-flair in his 3rd, we are now solely dependent on Cristiano, which we were not that much in previous 2 seasons, Benzema n Higuain scored important goals, thus he failed to bring out the flair from them that was needed

    now to say about Canteranos, he used some of them who are worth to b given chances, but not during his 1st or 2nd season, he gave them ample opportunities only during his 3rd season, after securing his tenure for a few more years (at least he thought this).. No manager before him, except VDB was given this much time n security to use cantera this much fruitfully [because perez wanted instant success off them, and they knew relying on canteranos too much will bring a ‘sack’ in their fate] and we all saw how Perez interfared in internal affairs during VDB-tenure, created Hierro-Makelele problems, and then continuously contradicted and fell with VDB for no reason, creating enough reason for VDB not to apply chance-factors like using canteranos

    conclusion: he entered into Real Madrid family as a successful manager already, left some good memories, got his name scarred in our history-book permanently, didnt win as much things as expected, then left a broken team behind < it seems pretty much usual, repeated once again in his manegerial career fortunately or unfortunately with our beloved Real Madrid invlvd

  23. Shambhab says:

    First of all, Greatest article m seeing from a Madridista “in favour of Mou”

    Mou is 1 of the greatest of all time, ucl win with Porto, then treble-win with Inter, no coach cud match that ever
    but there is a term like ‘legacy’ exists, after Mou’s exit, the whole Inter team collapsed physically n mentally, they dont even finish in top 4 now, after 49 years or so they are today finishing a season with securing they cant compete in any european competitions next season, innumerous coaches changed, even Stramaccioni is also on the verge of getting sackd in few days
    his days of Chelsea-reign was backd up on few senior players, he didnt even try to exploit new talents, and his chelsea-exit is also markd with physical-deformation of the squad, and his relation with some senior players also collapsed, may b not commpletely as in Madrid but yeah to a greater extent
    let’s come to our team, the spirit he endorced in us, the fighting mentality he installed, the spirit he created is irreplacable (may b that’s why when he benchd Saint unnecessarily, whole team stood up for IKER)
    But what we all forgot, his similar story continues here too, 2nd season- a burst-out season, all players was dyeing to achieve something, 3rd season came, as usual all unity, all striveless trying collapsed, he solved the great mystery of how to defeat Barca, but it seemed that it was his only goal to achieve, similar, when he defeated Frank Rijkaard, n in the next stage got schooled by Rafa Benitez, here he got schooled by bottom teams of Liga, by Jurgen Klopp, by Diego Simeone ( u’ll brag about 3 woodwork-hit n ozil-higuain misses, but accept the truth we were defeated at home after 14 PRECISE YEARS ) he used concept of just-defending against barca with Inter, after his departure, this tactic simply sinkd their treble-ship, they are now no greater than a mere boat only! ( and they dont hav Russian-black-money, so they cudnt install their winning-spirit again )
    Here, he was given unprecedented power like never before.
    U think about how Perez sackd
    VDB for no reason after a champions’-league win!! ( ofc for mere classico-loss )
    then Queiroz, Capello etc came and with their misplaced-defensive tactics, just finishd our team-play, natural flair, we became a piece of star-studded lump, no clear destiny, no clear intention
    then in came Schuster, won Liga, won Classicos, knocked out of round of 16 but with much sparks, n potential shown from a team which were going through their dark patch of time, then he told some mad words about clasico only to get sackd the very next day
    Pellegrini had to deal with a whole new team, against a formidable Barca team, which defeated us 6-2 or 5-0

    so tell me, which manager actually got this much time, security, power to handle all internal-things, n unfinishable resources all together in Perez-era (even calderon era), none.

    Now talk about success, u’ll say under mou we won incredible percentage of matches, then there is Pellegrini who had better winning-percentage in his short tenure, even in no particular season, mou crossed those records, and we expected more than just 1 liga n 1 copa del ray ( both being two of most historic wins in our history )
    Constructive Criticism: he didnt create a strong back 4, Arbi getting old and making too much mistakes in a match to match our level, still not confirmd- our CB-pairs, only gr8 progressive change has occured in left of the defence
    attack: our attack has been poor in penetrating solid defence of small teams with keeping fruitful possession at least, players had gr8 fluidity in both of his debut n 2nd season, but has successively lost fluidity as well natural-flair in his 3rd, we are now solely dependent on Cristiano, which we were not that much in previous 2 seasons, Benzema n Higuain scored important goals, thus he failed to bring out the flair from them that was needed

    now to say about Canteranos, he used some of them who are worth to b given chances, but not during his 1st or 2nd season, he gave them ample opportunities only during his 3rd season, after securing his tenure for a few more years (at least he thought this).. No manager before him, except VDB was given this much time n security to use cantera this much fruitfully [because perez wanted instant success off them, and they knew relying on canteranos too much will bring a ‘sack’ in their fate] and we all saw how Perez interfared in internal affairs during VDB-tenure, created Hierro-Makelele problems, and then continuously contradicted and fell with VDB for no reason, creating enough reason for VDB not to apply chance-factors like using canteranos

    conclusion: he entered into Real Madrid family as a successful manager already, left some good memories, got his name scarred in our history-book permanently, didnt win as much things as expected, then left a broken team behind < it seems pretty much usual, repeated once again in his manegerial career fortunately or unfortunately with our beloved Real Madrid invlvd

    • rmadridgirl says:

      Thanks for that. He is the manager with the highest games won % in Real Madrid’s history. It is a shame that he didn’t win those that mattered the most, like the semifinals and it is a bigger shame the way we exited… almost tasting victory but almost doesn’t win you anything. I would not say he got schooled by Simeone. At all. Mourinho won every single derbi except for the Copa del Rey final. Every single derbi in 3 years. How is that getting schooled by Simeone? Furthermore he beat Atleti on the game prior to the final using youngsters. You can’t blame him for “breaking” the team. He defended the institution like no other manager had before. Tons of lawsuits are in place as Mourinho did not let the press say whatever shit they wanted about OUR Real Madrid. He cannot help it when a player goes and leaks information to the press, that is, by no means, his fault. What is he supposed to do when a player back-stabs him? Support him? What is he supposed to do when a player gets injured and another one outplays him? Play him to please a small 5%? Play a player because of his name to please the media? No way Jose.

  24. ShadyRabbs says:

    After reading this , and with your understanding of the game and your love for Madrid ,all I can say is , Will you marry me???

    • rmadridgirl says:

      Hahaha thanks for your support! Cheers

      • ShadyRabbs says:

        We would like you to post an article about yourself, what I mean is that I’m sure many ppl like me who read you blog and follow you are and would be very interested to know a bit more about YOU, like what’s your real name? What do you do (profession)? How did your love for Real Madrid start? What inspired you to start blogging and giving words to what fans like us ,who always failed to put front our views with such clarity.? We would really like to know who @rmadridgirl really is as a person!! And lastly would You marry me ?? :D.

      • ShadyRabbs says:

        Just read your tweet “”Today I went to an interview where I was cut off and asked “How old are you?”, when I said 21 she said, “sorry you have no life experience”” I can’t believe it !! I’m 21 as well 😀 is this a sign ??? Lol my bdate 19.10.1991

  25. Vipin says:

    Awsum article I feel d same way n 4rm nw iim no longer a madridista 4 d horrid treatment d players gave him 3yrs frm nw we wil beg n cry for his return juz lyk chelsea

  26. BoogiCR7 says:

    That made me tear! beautiful words and so true! Thank u for a wonderful article.

  27. Sara says:

    this is the best article i’ve ever read. thankyou so much and hopefully the special one will come back to Madrid.

  28. ladele says:

    We made simila error with the sacking of Del bosque and Capello in the past, now this. Mourinho’s work and worth would be appreciated after he is long gone. I hope whoever comes in knows that if we fail (I pray not) to at the very least get to next years’s UCL semi-finals, the “Ghost of Mourinho” wil haunt him!

  29. Prince Adekunle says:

    Tears was rolling in my eye when I read dis d most truthful message because I felt betrayed as if am d one mentioned here I also feel 4 d only one which I mean Jose Mourinho. Dis man done a great job 4 Realmadrid but what our people only looking after trophy but they never sit d player & d coach together 2 settle all d controversia media caused 4 dem. Even d president allowed media 2 intervene in his team he spent d most of his career 4 no protection 4 d player or coach, look @ d Barcelona issue of Messi & David Villa but dey never allow media 2 get close 2 dem so why Madrid cannot do d sametin when king Ronaldo said he’s unhappy but d club know d reason so with all dis reason why only Mourinho got affected. I pray our team not be like d inter millan bcos any team Mourinho leave dey wouldn’t be as d same it was when he was there. Dis is Realmadrid sha. Hala Madrid till I die

    • rmadridgirl says:

      Thank you, the problem definitely got out of hand and was not dealt with as it should have. It’s a shame what we have lost but let’s hope things get better

  30. Mr. John says:

    Respect# The Special One, you are indeed the Special One, though am Chelsea fan and will 4ever be, but i supported you when you were @ Inter, and throughout your stay @ Madrid. Because of you, am now a combination of THE BLUES and the Madridistas.
    THANKS THE SPECIAL ONE, THE COACH OF THE COACHES!!!

  31. Nouran says:

    A great Article as usual, one that touches the heart. I want to cry 😥
    Mourinho has done so much for Real Madrid and unfortunately some Madridistas do not realize it
    I never wanted Mourinho to leave but El7 we do not know what the future has for us and maybe it is the best for both parties.
    Mourinho has returned Respect to Real Madrid. Luck was not on our side in the past two years in the Champions League and we went out with our heads held high.
    The period between the 1st and 2nd legs of the semi-final was amazing, the feelings and the belief that we WILL come back again as usual, Mourinho helped us believe, he made Real Madrid a team that is feared World Wide, he finally made us cease fearing Barcelona, made us Madridistas stand face to face with them (especially me since my brother is a Barca fan, he could no longer tease me about how ggggrrrreeeeattt they are)
    I thank Mourinho from the bottom of my heart and I wish him Luck wherever he will go with people who respect him and value him.
    ‘You do not know What You have until It is gone’ that is what I fear the most.
    And as you mentioned, I really want to see Mourinho and thank him for everything he has done.
    I do not blame him for this season, Luck was not on our side.
    Thanks for reading (I know I write too much 😛 )

  32. Excellent article. As a Chelsea fan, I look forward to seeing him back, but I’ve not been able to understand why Mourinho was treated so badly by a section of the media/fans in Spain, especially when he was up against the “unbeatable” Barcelona. I think managing to win La Liga last year against a Pep-lead Barca has to go down as one of the greatest league champonship wins in history.

    • rmadridgirl says:

      They are very manipulable and many think of Casillas as someone who is on top of the institution which is a shame. Not to mention his destruction of the “almighty” Barcelona did not sit well with the press as to the press, there was nothing bigger than Barcelona and to see Mourinho destroy them in such a short period of time, hurt their pride.

  33. tawdih says:

    Words cant describe how mourinho means to me as a football fan, ever since i saw him run the field at old trafford leaving sir alex speechless and to see him coach the team i love was like….dont think words could describe it but i will go with blessed. Through everything, All I can say is THANK YOU SO MUCH MOURINHO for bringing My Team to the status it deserves, you are indeed THE ONLY ONE.
    Yes am not ashamed of being a fangirl and say am going to like every team you coach, aside real madrid of course, YOU CAN CALL ME A BAND WAGONER, DONT REALLY CARE.
    GRACIAS MOU,just hope the supporters at the bernebeu have a little bit of love to show him on his final day, will be looking forward to that. Good luck on your next project and Finaally, I love you rmadridgirl, keep up the good work, infact you’ve kept me sane through all this nonsense.Thank you

  34. EMPEROR says:

    personally i think JOSE still remain d only 1 bcos he has same record as old men like van gaal and cryff @ just 50yrs pls give him cuddles and hugs.he still remain d best coach apart from fergie.pls give him some respect

  35. Madridista says:

    Your Article left me speechless! Your article left me even sadder of mourinho’s depature!! If only all these madrid so called fans were like you! or atleast think like you!. Difference between madrid and any other club in the world! we are unfortunatly run by the press and a few shameful individuals that ruin the club status day after day!… R.I.P to the great team mourinho created! period

  36. Agni says:

    Right from the start, Mou didn’t have much support from the press and some of Madridistas.
    It’s so unfair when people blame everything towards Mou just because he’s “Mou.”
    I think in the end, no matter how hard he’d tried, it’s never gonna be good enough for Mou haters. Moreover, when he couldn’t make “La Decima”.
    Hope this article gonna make them see that it’s not easy to be a Real Madrid manager, and it’s definitely not easy for Mou.
    Really gonna miss that lil black book though.
    Thanks for writing this, Carito 😉

    • rmadridgirl says:

      Exactly, he was never given a chance and when he proved everyone wrong, they would hold on to the way he styled his hair or something ridiculous to hate on him. What can you do, people recognize who is on top 😉

  37. heryor says:

    Short of words. Bravo!!! Mou was jst d best

  38. Abel says:

    A very nice one. Of course we all know that spanish press were not fair to mou since he came to madrid and expecially when he collected full power from joge voldano all the same its all well. Mou we always be in our heart. Hala madrid

  39. bikash gurung says:

    Ohh,, what a beautiful article.. It just made me realise the truth even more… I just wish all the people who claim themselves the real Madridistas would realise this truth… But the are so biased that they think the players are bigger than the club.. plastic fans.

  40. Rohit says:

    Great article. Fantastically written. That was the first time I have visited your blog & now I’ve bookmarked it. 🙂 Looking forward to reading more of your work.
    Cheers.
    Rohit [Chelsea supporter]

  41. Haider Ali says:

    Thank you so much for writing this!!! This is what we all true madridistas felt inside!! Thank you for giving our thoughts and feelings a voice!! Jose will always be there and his name should be carved in the bernabau!! He was the one who turned it into a fort for us otherwise we had lost it!!! Spanish media just destroyed what could have been our future!! But it is part of football!!! After the announcement of his leaving the first thing i wanted to do was to go to jose and tell him how much we all love him, how much we care about him!!! The bernanabau faithful should sing his name in the next match for what he has done for us!!! He loved us in every way but we did not deserve him for what we have done to him! Jose may u have a great and succesful career ahead and may you return to your white fort one day!!!

  42. sahil says:

    It gave me goosebumps..great article
    Mou best in the world

  43. ZM_Hamdana says:

    It’s a very good article though I think it is kinda biased. I know that you are a firm believer in people and I respect that but honestly Mourinho created some of his problems. He got into too many fights. Antagonized too many people and created some many enemies. He poked Tito’s eyes, accuzed referees, talked against his own players and insulted so many people. As a father, as a coach and as a winner, you can’t always speak your mind. You can’t say want you want. For example, the management advised not to go for a press conference yet he didn’t. He is an excellent coach but he’s surrounded by serious controversies. His leave is the best for both parties.

    • rmadridgirl says:

      Of course it is biased, it is my opinion and as any opinion you will find they will always be biased. He is honest and people can’t handle honesty, that’s his biggest sin. Look at the fights, he never started one

  44. hi says:

    Ok,I just read this and i’d to say great job girl!it really made me feel sad ,José deserves better than this,and I actually wish he could read this and know about madridisras who are so grateful to him, I was wondering ,do you think it’s Iker’s fault in any way?

  45. Panthera Tigiris says:

    Am a Dortmund fan, bt its dat Fact u wrote. Hw i see it s all of SPAIN come together as 1piece jus to send him away. Hw can u talk for som who s nt part of ur team i mean d likes of XAVI INIESTA DELBOSQUE its goes on. Never seen such. Sayin he has disrespect CASILLAS. I dont understand.

  46. Angelo says:

    This is the best blog I have ever read hands down you deserve some intergalactic award for the truth is out there some where and if I see u one day ill shake ur hand and say the truth is always real !

  47. scott says:

    This is the first article am reading in ur blog…also the best article I’ve read in a very long time..am. A chelsea fan (I also support madrid too 😀 ). A very emotional article, I had a tear in my eye

  48. damyshow says:

    oh well… MOU did great @ Madrid , no dispute about that , the GAP was well covered #Respect !!! ….. but dnt forget the things he said about his own players lik ‘casillas, pepe’ , that goes a long way nd also affects their morale .. all d same no1 is Perfect ! #halamou #halaMadrid … nd from what ave bin thinkin abt him, he just proved it again …. moU is after his own personal achievements *shrugsoh well… MOU did great @ Madrid , no dispute about that , the GAP was well covered #Respect !!! ….. but dnt forget the things he said about his own players lik ‘casillas, pepe’ , that goes a long way nd also affects their morale .. all d same no1 is Perfect ! #halamou #halaMadrid … nd from what ave bin thinkin abt him, he just proved it again …. moU is after his own personal achievements *shrugs* ! Impressed wiv ur article miss… Great STUFF oh well… MOU did great @ Madrid , no dispute about that , the GAP was well covered #Respect !!! ….. but dnt forget the things he said about his own players lik ‘casillas, pepe’ , that goes a long way nd also affects their morale .. all d same no1 is Perfect ! #halamou #halaMadrid … nd from what ave bin thinkin abt him, he just proved it again …. moU is after his own personal achievements *shrugsoh well… MOU did great @ Madrid , no dispute about that , the GAP was well covered #Respect !!! ….. but dnt forget the things he said about his own players lik ‘casillas, pepe’ , that goes a long way nd also affects their morale .. all d same no1 is Perfect ! #halamou #halaMadrid … nd from what ave bin thinkin abt him, he just proved it again …. moU is after his own personal achievements *shrugs* ! Impressed wiv ur article miss… Great STUFF ! (y)

  49. Benjamin says:

    Very, very well said. As a Chelsea fan, I know Mou will do ANYTHING to shield his team. All those crazy press conferences were an attempt to shift the spotlight onto him and keep his team from receiving flak. He’s an amazing human being. I was sad to see him leave us when he did and I’m hoping a second coming is in order. He’s got this knack of putting people in their place and he just does it so well. I’m sad Madrid are losing him but I’m happy we are gaining him. I don’t like the way he’s being treated.

    • rmadridgirl says:

      Indeed. He is a great human being and it’s a shame people couldn’t see this or were brainwashed into thinking otherwise. I hope you guys have a successful second round with the mister.

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