Mourinho Facing Toughest Challenge Yet At Real Madridby Mick Bates / 25 August 2010, 09:39Tweet
Jose Mourinho has earnt himself a reputation as the best Manager in Europe in recent years with the 'Special One' bringing trophies to every club he has managed. He had great success at Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan but he now faces his toughest challenge yet as he gets ready for the new La Liga season with Real Madrid. Mourinho left Inter Milan in the summer after leading them treble glory which culminated in Champions League glory in May, he has decided to leave Italy though and take on the mammoth task of unseating Barcelona as the top team in Spain.
Madrid have been through Managers like socks in recent years with Mourinho the next man in line to bring success back to the Bernabeu, it will not be easy though as Madrid have struggled in recent years with the Champions League proving particularly elusive to them in recent years. The Special One has won the Champions League with both Porto and Inter Milan in the past but doing it with Real Madrid will be his toughest task, they have failed to get beyond the last 16 since 2002 and a 10th European Crown is top of their wish list. The club have spent millions and millions in recent years with the likes of Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo and Xabi Alonso joining the club without success, Mourinho will need to find a way to get the best out of his big players whilst trying not to dampen the attractive football that the fans demand.
Real Madrid will know that if Mourinho can not take the team to Champions League glory then no can so he should be allowed a little bit of time to build his squad, at the same time though he will know that he will need to hit the ground running as soon as possible. As well as focusing on the Champions League, Mourinho will need to half an eye on usurping rivals Barcelona as the top team in Spain as they have not won the title for a couple of years, the Catalan club have just been too good in recent times and that will be something that Mourinho will want to address.
So far in his career Mourinho has had the golden touch as a Manager but he looks to have a tough task on his hands at the Bernabeu, if he can lead the team to success both domestically and on the European front it would act as his greatest ever achievement. He has already brought in a couple of stars of the World Cup in Mezut Ozil and Angel Di Maria and they should fit nicely into the squad, if he can bring all the players together there is no doubting they have the talent needed to succeed. His toughest task though will be in organising the defence rather than the attack, they have leaked goals in the big games and that will need to be put right by Mourinho as soon as possible.
We know that Mourinho does not like to stick around too long in any job so we are likely to see The Special One give everything for a couple of years before heading back to the Premier League, if he can turn Madrid into the dominant force in Spain and in the Champions League during that time it will be the crowning moment of an already successful career for Jose Mourinho.