April 18th, 2011
04:29 PM ET

Is Real Madrid's Mourinho the master of mind games?

Mourinho (right) will be looking to get the better of Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola (left) in their next three meetings.
Mourinho (right) will be looking to get the better of Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola (left) in their next three meetings.

Love him or hate him, but you certainly can’t ignore him. Jose Mourinho commands attention wherever he goes. He loves to be the center of attention and he proved it again before and after Saturday’s El Clasico against Barcelona.

Leading up to the game, he decided not to talk to the media prompting journalists to walk out of a press conference by assistant Aitor Karanka. Following the battle at the Bernabeu, Mourinho refused to talk to reporters from the newspapers who had boycotted his colleague.

Most people may believe Mourinho says and does controversial things just to grab the headlines. That is not the case. Those who think he is a loose cannon would have it all wrong. There is definitely method to his madness.

I have watched Mourinho closely since his first season at FC Porto, and nothing that he says or does surprises me anymore.

It amuses me incredibly, but it doesn’t shock me because I know this is a man who studies mind games and plays them better than anyone else around.

What we need to understand is that in his life as a coach, Mourinho is acting out a role. Ever since he started his career as a manager, Jose decided that he was going to create an alter ego who would make an impact in the world of footballl.

He decided he was going to play the role of a general who would lead his troops through thick and thin, doing everything necessary to win every battle.

Mourinho set  the tone early on in his career. Taking charge at Porto midway through one of the most tumultuous years in their recent history, he had the audacity to claim in his inaugural press conference that his team would be crowned league champions by the end of the following season.

His prophecy came true.

While his team won games on the pitch, Mourinho continued to talk a good game off it – a strategy that worked even better, perhaps, than he could have ever imagined. 

As promised, in his first full campaign not only did he go on to win the league but also added the Portuguese Cup and the UEFA Cup in what was a historic treble. In the following season, the coach added the Champions League title to his resume.

When he moved to London, Mourinho upgraded the character he was playing. Under the bright lights of the English Premier League, the Chelsea manager definitely turned his game up a notch.

Just a few miles from the West End, which is known worldwide for its plays and musicals, Jose put on a show.

From announcing that he was the “Special One” to criticizing or entertaining anyone and everyone who was in his way, he clearly became the protagonist in what was a story of success at Stamford Bridge.

Fast forward a few years and the Mourinho we see in Madrid is still very much the same.

His philosophy hasn’t changed. It may have shifted slightly in order to fit in to a southern European mentality, but it is just as important as it has always been.

He may have become more dramatic and more emotional perhaps, but the games are still the same.

The role he plays is still to take most of the attention away from the players and place it on himself. As the pressure rises, so does the intensity of his actions and words, so don’t expect anything to change anytime soon.

So, as the climax to Real’s season approaches, what can we look forward to?

Definitely more mind games, more outrageous comments and more entertainment from the Portuguese general. He wouldn’t have it any other way.

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  1. Moses

    He is d bst

    April 18, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Reply
  2. kila John

    Definitely the master of mind games. I knew Mourinhou would destroy the Barca midfield when he refused to talk to the press. And yes we did see a show of brilliance from Pepe. Go Mou and prove to the world once more that Barca can be defeated!.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Reply
  3. arti

    Mourinho is a very good and obviously very successful coach. No doubt about that! But it really bothers me that in defeat he has never conceded that the opponent was actually better. Not even when Real lost 5-0 against Barca. In that respect Wenger and Furguson are similar, but Mourinho is the worst.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Reply
  4. jorgerosa

    "It amuses me incredibly, but it doesn’t shock me because I know this is a man who studies mind games and plays them better than anyone else around" All said, it´s "part of the game", he is indeed a genius in his profession. :)

    April 18, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Reply
  5. Diego Peretti

    I'm argentinian but I think that Mourinho is the better soccer coach ever exist!!

    April 18, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Reply
  6. Diego Peretti

    sorry...the best ever exist!!!

    April 18, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Reply
  7. samuel

    He is the master or mind,MADRID will win both COPA DE LA REY and CHAMPIONS then expect a TREBLE next season

    April 18, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Reply
  8. zlba

    I true that.

    April 18, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Reply
  9. Diana

    I admire Mourinho so much. He has done, and will do, wonders at Madrid- Benzema being a prime example of this.

    I think people should only criticize if they've done half of what he's achieved.

    League, cup, and Champions League at Porto.
    League, cup, and Champions League runner up at Chelsea.
    League, cup, and Champions League at Inter.

    FIFA Coach of the Year 2010. Among more.
    All by age 48.

    No matter if you like his methods or not, you have to admit they work.

    Mourinho, simply the best.

    April 18, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Reply
  10. paul bugoye

    He knows when the stakes are high, nerves chip in on the players. In this case mind games will always prevail. Go torment Barca!

    April 18, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Reply
  11. Spain

    stupid, stupid, stupid, incredibly insane! I don't understand the news media obsession with this guy. He was employed at Madrid to play FOOTBALL not MIND GAME, OK? So far he is only playing legs and going around running his mouth, and yet they called him the best. WTF! yes he won the CL with Inter but anyone admiring his his style of football is either new to the game or has no taste of good football, period.

    April 18, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Reply
  12. dani

    Mourinho is really genius. His mind plays better than the feet of his players. What I hate about him, though, is he never demonstrate his appreciation to his opponents when he is outclassed. Barcelona players are capable of destroying any team. Yet, if there exists a team that can stop them, It is Mourinho's Real Madrid. Simply because he can beat Barca in a very odd and unpleasant manner, i.e. Negative football !

    April 18, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Reply
  13. Nigel

    Will the special one get special treatment? Loose to Barcelona in the Champions League and cup and any other Madrid manager would be sacked.

    April 18, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Reply
  14. Ronald Watson

    Mourinho gave Spanish journalists exactly what they deserve: as the worst in Europe, they have proved it time and again! Polanco has left an indelible stigma that cannot be shaken off. Will the Spanish media in sports and politics ever wake up to their legacy? It is even worse than Franco's propaganda, to say the least.

    April 18, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Reply
  15. Nguengo Joao Bondo

    Pedro Pinto is portuguese. I´m sure that Mourinho likes to be in the headlines and he is not humble!

    April 18, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Reply
    • Marley From Nigeria

      I am not a big fan of Munrinho but I've picked interest in his rules of engagement for sometime now. These rules, if studied carefully, any battle be it in football or life can easily be won. I think Munrinho is more than "a master of mind game". He will be limited if placed at such level alone. I seen Munrinho to possess the following qualities that are unmatched with any other coach:
      1. Munrinho is a great planner: he take time to study his opponent's strength and weaknesses.
      2. Munrinho imbibes the skills of a lion: when it is out to hunt down it's prey, patience and patience alone deliver it's prey into it's hands.
      3. He work his talk
      4. He will never use same weapon possessed by his opponent to attack.
      From the above, I think it makes him a great tactician

      April 21, 2011 at 12:54 am | Reply
  16. Paulo Amorim

    I must say that I like his methods. The man is a genious, who understand the game and studies the "what-ifs" of the 90 minutes like no-one else. Nobody gets where he is by pure luck!

    April 18, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Reply
  17. Sherif Saleh

    compared to his generation , he may be a splendid and a unique couch but overall, i simply see Sir Alex Fergsun is much better than him, i consider him a couching legendary that Morinho could be the next in the line after him, But still Mo is a special one

    April 18, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Reply
  18. Joao

    Mourinho is a genius and an extremely hard-worker hence his overwhelming success...

    April 18, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Reply
  19. autobots diesel

    morinho is king

    April 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Reply
  20. hugo

    i believe madrid is going to copa de rey..

    April 18, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Reply
  21. hugo

    i believe real madrid is going to win copa de rey

    April 18, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Reply
  22. Johhny

    Agree with the article. He is the best coach in any sporting code and only the truly smart journo's understand him. He will rewrite the record books and we love watching how he defends his players and gets the team to perform. He will get Real to be better than Barcelona and then leave because they have treated him poorly.

    April 19, 2011 at 12:33 am | Reply
  23. stan

    He's truly the special one without an equal

    April 19, 2011 at 1:12 am | Reply
  24. alehandro

    Yes, Pedro, but his mind games didn't win him the game did they? Barca got a draw AT the Bernebeu, and Real had to come from behind to even get that. So how succesful were his "mind games" when his team got just one point from a possible 6? I'm sure Guardiola and all Barca fans are happy for Mourinho to be as Zen as he wants if the next 3 games end up in draws or Catalan victories.

    April 19, 2011 at 3:08 am | Reply
  25. Ademola/Igwesebo

    Jose Mourinho is a good coach,But Barca will win both CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and COPA DE LA REY ...All barca fans,we are all born to win and to rule..LOL...

    April 19, 2011 at 4:56 am | Reply
  26. Ademola/Igwesebo/Sagamu Nigeria

    Truly Jose Mourinho is a good coach but Pep Guardiola is better coach than Mounrinho and is now a special one....People should stop calling Mourinho a special one,Say the truth and the truth shall set you free...Pep Guardiola is the special one not Jose Mourinho...Bcuz Mourinho can never beat Pep 5-0 in Bernabu and come to Camp Nou and draw...people should take a good look at this.Pep Guardiola is the master and will continue to be Mounrinho master LOL.

    April 19, 2011 at 5:10 am | Reply
  27. Yunus

    He's indeed a character,amusing one for that matter. I like everything he says and does.

    April 19, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  28. musah fifa

    what is special about Mourinho? if there is somebody to be called special one then he should be Pep Guardiola not Mourinho, or is't because Pep doesn't talk too much? and again who gave him that name? he gave him self, he called him self the special one, and if there's something special i think is from Pep who beat Mourinho, him hans down, since pep start coaching he has meat Mourinho 6 times, he beat Mourinho 3 times draw 2 and loose one, they first meet in the champions league last season group stage, Mourinho draw with Pep in Milan and loose 2-0 in Barcelona, and again meet in the semi final, first leg in Milan, Mourinho won by 3-1, and the returning league in Barcelona he loose 1-0, and when he came to Spain their fist meet is La Liga he loose again by 5-0, and returning league in Madrid ended draw, now tell me who is the special one brtween the two?

    April 19, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Reply
  29. Alex

    @musah fifa Well all that may be true but Mourinho is still the Special One!!! Barca fans just hate it that hes the reason they couldn't repeat history by winning the Champions League Two Times in a Row!!!

    April 19, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Reply
  30. Samgy

    True a great coach. I hate & admire him at the same time.

    April 19, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Reply
  31. steve

    Disagree......all these "mind games" are nothing more than media interest......cant see any connection with this and on field performance?

    yes a good coach...would he less successful if he did speak at press conferences? the media love him because it gives them something to write about.

    mind games with the media maybe.....mind games that effect opposition players.....really that is a stretch

    April 19, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Reply
  32. impressed.

    Not a master of mind games, just a d-bag. VISCA.

    April 19, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  33. BONNEY

    I am die hard mourinho fun.I think he is miles and years ahead of his colleagues he is a living legend,every where he goes he breaks records.

    Watch out BARCA we are coming after you tomorrow.

    April 19, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Reply
  34. DANIEL

    I HATE PEOPLE WHO JUST TALK AND THINK THEY ARE MAKING THE OTHER TEAM,COACH ............ NERVOUS AND TRY TO WIN A GAME WITH OUT DOING ENOUGH THAT IS THE REAL MADRID COACH .........KEEP TALK-EN AND YOU ALWAYS LOOSE ............................
    THOSE ARE STUPID PEOPLE WHO LISTEN TO SUCH KIND OF PERSON

    BUT PLAY LIKE BARCELONA FC AND PEP DID EVERY EVERY BODY WITH HEALTHY MINED WILL LOVE YOU

    April 19, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Reply
  35. Joao

    Mourinho has won trophies in 3 different countries with 3 different mentalities. 2 Champions League titles with 2 different clubs one of them with a very small budget (Porto). Several times national Champion in Portugal, England and Italy. UEFA cup, a bunch of cups from Portugal, England and Italy. Which coach in the World has managed to do this? WHich manager has won the Champions League and the UEFA cup with a budget as tight as he had in Porto? Alex Ferguson and Guardiola are without a doubt great managers, but in their own clubs and their own environment. To go out there out of your comfort zone and be able to win, there is not a lot of people in the World with this courage and excellence.

    April 19, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Reply
  36. from Gambia

    Playing defensive tactics is what pedro is calling a good or mind game. Real madrid is a big team and we dont expect them to play a sit and wait game and depends on counter attack. Please let Mourinho teac them how to play a good fotball. Football is not only about winning . If all the coaches play or used the same tactics Mourinho is using, then is better to stop watching football ,because all matches will end up draw and becomes more boring to watch. Thanks to barcelona, thats why many people are watching football.

    April 19, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Reply
  37. teeqqi

    Thanks Pedro for your blogs on Jose. I can't get enough of this guy, i don't care what ever his haters say, to me he is the most entertaining manager in football that ever live. Long live Jose and to hell w/your haters.

    April 20, 2011 at 1:00 am | Reply
  38. Udi

    First, to be frank, I am a Barca fan for many years, so my criticism should be taken in that context as well. I think "Mou" is a great coach. The record 9-years without losing a home game is simply staggering. Of course, he has also won major awards with several teams. These alone make him one of the greatest coaches of all times. However, that's where my praise ends. His whole attitude in Football is anything but what I enjoy about the game: He is arrogant, self-absorbed, a cry-baby, and while some people may enjoy the "color" he adds to the football world, I much prefer coaches who preach humility and respect like Pep Guardiola, not to mention the fantastic attacking Football of Barca which made me such a great fan of that team in the first place!

    April 20, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Reply
  39. david

    Playing defensive is what we call mind games. Madrid is a big team .We dont expect Mourinho to play like that, let him train Madrid how to play good fotball, even if they are losing. Football is not only about winning or playing for draw.

    April 20, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Reply
  40. Gerald

    Thrashed 5:0 at Barca struggled to get a draw at home in Bernabau, yet Madrid is better than Barca???? Please...

    April 20, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Reply
  41. dona

    cruyff: mourinho is not a football manager..
    a portuguese writing about another portuguese???
    c'mon guys....

    April 20, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  42. dona

    "The football Barcelona played at the Bernabeu was simply brilliant. Their superiority was clear," said Di Stefano, reports Sport.es.

    "Madrid played against a Barcelona side who dominated throughout the whole game. It's clear Barca are superior to Madrid who are a team with no personality.

    "Their approach was clearly wrong."

    April 20, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Reply
  43. JUDE-FRANCK

    Well, Mourino is a great coach but he need to prone his arrogant character. Let him learn from the greater coaches like Alex Faguson , Pep Guadiola and Arsen Wenger. It's very important.

    Jude-Franck
    Malabo-E.Guinea

    April 20, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Reply
  44. Beaujolais

    Plays ultra-defensive, no fun to watch. Fields 7 defensive players in a home match against Barca.......that's just disgraceful when you're Real Madrid. Özil, Madrid's best player on the bench.....

    Mourinho is a joke. Like Cruyff said: a prize-fighter, not a football coach.

    April 20, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Reply
  45. Fidel

    What is good football? the end result is what makes the difference in football.
    Mourinho is a STAR any where he goes.

    April 21, 2011 at 3:18 am | Reply
  46. alehandro

    So, Mourinho's "mind games" delivered the Copa del Rey, but I think the Meringues might just have teed themselves up for a Champions League drubbing, and that's what Jose should have on his mind right now.

    April 21, 2011 at 4:02 am | Reply
  47. nidhi

    he is the best by far

    April 21, 2011 at 6:18 am | Reply
  48. John

    Arti you are wrong. When he lost 5-0 against Barcelona he admitted that the other team played better and deserved the win.

    April 21, 2011 at 6:31 am | Reply
  49. nosha

    go mournho go u a da bst in the field

    April 21, 2011 at 7:03 am | Reply
  50. ABIODUN

    Firstly, let no one forget that all sports including football are a form of entertainment and this could be provided by any member of the team (including the coach) and this could be done on or off the pitch.

    Having said that i believe that JM is arrogant, proud and a very sore loser and ..... but he is an excellent football coach. Football like most team games is unlike chess in that is has a lot of tactical underpinnings and if you don't know that then you do not know football at all.

    At the level of CL, La Liga & Copa del rey (include the WC, Euro cup and African nations cup in that list...) it is strictly not about entertainment but about winning. To win in football you really don't have to entertain if you can't but you plan to score more goal(s) than your opponent.

    Currently there is no team in the world that can defeat Barcelona by playing an open, expansive and entertaining type of football (Just ask arsenal and wenger!) and it is not only illogical but suicidal to try and defeat your opponent by playing a game that he is better than you at. YOU JUST CAN'T WIN.

    I am sure JM does not mind entertaining (see his first season in england) but he is a realist and he knows that he definitely cannot defeat Barca by playing their kind of games and of course mesut ozil amd sami khedira are really not iniesta and xavi by any stretch of imagination. i hope you see what i meant....

    Finally, let the team that score the most goals win and if they entertain us while doing that we take it as a plus else... the show continues LOL

    April 21, 2011 at 7:31 am | Reply
  51. ABIODUN

    i meant to say footballl is not unlike chess above.....

    April 21, 2011 at 7:33 am | Reply
  52. bosco

    viva mourinho

    April 21, 2011 at 8:37 am | Reply
  53. Name*Akwei Richard

    I just luv him than even real madrid

    April 21, 2011 at 8:40 am | Reply
  54. Olga

    Mr. JMourinho , Gracias , gracias, muchas gracias!!! He is a winner. His personality took him to the top always. But please do not forget all those who made possible the goal: Di maria y Marcelo. Spanish clubes have best footbal ever... Thanks you always

    April 21, 2011 at 8:58 am | Reply
  55. Maibam Louremba Meetei

    Jose Mourinho is simply the BEST!!

    The way he plan his GAMES is superb – that's how people win in this world.

    Keep it up Mr. Especial – you deserve this title.

    April 21, 2011 at 9:50 am | Reply
  56. francis

    Genius Mourinho!!!! Mr Cryuff u were the better player of your time...but not a better coach as the GENIUS on the block.

    VIVA MR. SPECIAL ONE!

    April 21, 2011 at 10:55 am | Reply
  57. musah fifa

    @Abiodun i agree with you 100%, i hate Mourinho very well but for yesterday's match i gave him plus for his tactic, because if you watch the game very well then you will give Mourinho plus, although am Barca fun but we have to said the truth that mourinho is better than Pep Guardiola because if it's Mourinho that have the team of Barcelona he would have destroy that of Madrid,so for that i gave Mourinho plus, kudos for Mourinho and Real Madrid.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:21 am | Reply
  58. aloysius okereke

    if u must criticis smbody pls try to objective & constructive. for obvious reasons many av lost their sense decency in d name of just being a fan of one club or another. nobody stops u from loving and supporting whoeva u choose to. All pinto is highlighting is d ability of one man to study, at all times, the strengths & weakneses of his opponent putting his study into good use thereby always producing results. And if this is repeated with different management & players, and, smtimes, with near-impossible odds, my friends this man deserves our respect and criticism. if mourinho did praise himself or even sarcasm in intimidating or harasing opponents, i dont think there is smthing wrong with that, wrestlers & boxers do d same, it is also part of d overall entertainment football lovers crave for. So far he is d best thou i respect pep & fergie even guus that lays d golden egg shld not b forgoten. they all good coaches but jose mourinho is simply d special one. DBEST PLS COME BACK TO CHELSEA OR VISIT NIGERIA SOKOTO TO BE PRECISE

    April 21, 2011 at 11:22 am | Reply
  59. Ben

    Jose is extra-ordinary, a very good splendid and inovative coach. He is making the best record ever made in coaching history. He showed he had a workable plan last night, you could see it all through the game. Keep it up good COACH JOSE

    April 21, 2011 at 11:44 am | Reply
  60. akomolafe julius

    he is the man of the season, he possess a good mind towards every challenges

    April 21, 2011 at 11:53 am | Reply
  61. Kach22

    Errr We all forget one important detail, Mourinho's biggest asset is not his mind games or technical knowledge which no doubt he got in abundance, it is the fact that he always coaches the most expensively asssembled club in any country he goes (FC Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real madrid ) In the final of the copa del rey, Guadiola had no foward on the bench while Mourinho had 3 !
    Sorry, the Wengers and the Guadiolas will always be the best for me.

    April 21, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Reply
  62. evelyn Tounta

    I really don't understand why people are launching scathing criticism over Mourinho's recent tactics against Barca as if he was the only one to play that way. Remember the clasico between both teams three years ago in Camp Nou which ended 2-0 FOR Barca. It was Guardiola's first clasico as a coach of Barca and goalscorers were Eto'o and Messi. That Clasico was marked by Real Madrid hard defensive formation and tactic. They played all the time in defense waiting for counter-attacking opportunities which paid off till the 80th minute of the game. Real Madrid were dominated head over shoulders by Barca which finally broke the deadlock. Nobody criticised Ruande Ramos for his tactic. It's unfair

    April 21, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Reply
  63. Don

    The great World Cup teams of West Germany and Italy always put more importance on defense. That's how they gained recognitions as great teams and great soccer nations, and won World Cup many times.

    Jose Mourinho is doing a fantastic job at Real Madrid. Give the man the respect he deserves. Gracias!

    April 22, 2011 at 1:16 am | Reply
  64. Leslie Nissi

    Like it or not Mourinho just makes things happy.

    April 22, 2011 at 3:45 am | Reply
  65. austin o nnametu

    He always makes me proud,he is my king in football,I like what he did to mesi and barca who believes football is only named after them

    April 22, 2011 at 4:15 am | Reply
  66. jorgen friis

    Jose Mourinho for sure is the "Special One". Love him or hate him makes no difference to the Special One. What counts is the bottom line and no
    one can deny that the Special One has accumulated results that are the envy of other coaches. He can shoot off his mouth with some outrageous
    comments and statements as he frequently does but they all serve a purpose. The bottom line is that he for sure is entitled to the moniker The Special One. Could he be Alex Ferguson's successor?

    April 22, 2011 at 4:35 am | Reply
  67. joe ackon

    I am a Ghanaian and certainly have different appreciation of football culture and even less so appreciation of the rivalry between Barcelona and Real Madrid. And yet I find your comments about Mourinho and his tactical approach to every single match rather intriguing. Mourinho whether you like him or not is in the process of revolutionalizing soccer phylosophy. Soon and i am sure many coaches will adopt his game plan. The Football is a gamel about winning, and it depends on how you execute your plan, if you succeed it means your plan woks. I will rather have a thousand Muorinhos than to look for pretty football without trophies

    April 22, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Reply
  68. ochuko

    HE IS A LIVING LEGEND. YEARS AFTER,TALES WILL STILL BE SAID ABOUT HIM

    April 22, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Reply
  69. dony

    I really feel afraid when I see every day the media being more focused in the football managers than the players, I remember an article 8 years ago about the dead of the beautiful football and the risk of the modern football coaches, followers of Helenio Herrera, like Lippi, Capello, Benites and now Mourinho, well honestly I do not have any interest in knowing if Van Gaal is better than Robson, or Guradiola than Mourinho ( they are only coaches), I want to see more in the media about players analyses ( how many new football fans know that Ronaldo in his first year at Barcelona had the same style than Pele), or the regista have practically disappeared in European teams (probably the last is Pastore), an for poeple who only want to win , please buy the newspaper the next day because for you is not necessary to watch the games; finally, a over hyped and mediocre King's Cup final ( how many millions cost every team??), was a joke in comparison with the great game between Colo Colo vs Cerro Poprteño or Arsenal vs Tottenham , the same day, but of course they did not have the media circus:((((((((((((

    April 22, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Reply
  70. glenn banda

    I like soccer and what the coach of Real Madrid is doing is absurd.Luckily sometimes he has the man who is in charge of the game on his side.If you take a good luck at Real Madrid you will see that this team is not a whole.They are individuals.They are not playing soccer.They are hunters.They are on the pitch simply to destroy players.The method of the coach of Real Madrid is simple: it does not matter how you win a game you just have to win.And if necessary by any means.Look at Pepe for example: he just runs like a dog give Messi "the punta pie.It is just disgusting.But in the end it will all be good.Real got their price and believe me,this will be the only one.did you see how it fell of the bus an d got demolished.The dream is starting to become a nightmare.Talk to me in the final.

    April 23, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Reply
  71. Sr Futbol

    His tactics are boring... I don't like him.

    April 24, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Reply
  72. eddie

    I dont understand how playing solid defensive and swift flowing rapid counter attacking football is ugly football? To me the counter attack is just as beautiful as any other football tactic if not more beautiful. Barca's possession and attacking football is beautiful football but to play to Barca's strength is utter stupigdity. And Mourinho is not stupig, he is a genius.

    Let's see Barca remain true to their kind of so called beautiful football and keep on losing to Mourinho and dont change their original style to stop the bleeding. Then I say Barca is a courageous team true to their convictions. If not and they stop playing their possession attack game to stop losing to Madrid, then Barca and all their fans are true hypocrites.

    April 25, 2011 at 5:56 am | Reply
  73. rudy sadiki

    he is the best of all the coatchs in the world because he know how studies her adversaire for him battle, and now i think to morrinio

    April 25, 2011 at 10:13 am | Reply
  74. rudy sadiki

    it is very wonderfull this cotch

    April 25, 2011 at 10:23 am | Reply
  75. Vlad Putin

    Mourinho has been a very good fooball coach all these years,but what he's playing currently with R.Madrid mostly against Barcelona isn't football,it's absolutely "RUGBY"...If he play Barcelona the way he played Valencia it will definately be a beautiful game to watch..If he(Mourinho) continues with this Rugby style with his players,I wonder where it will lead them after he's left..

    April 25, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Reply
  76. Marco

    No, Mourinho is not the master of mind games. He is the master of Anti-Football, the kind that we don't need for the beauty and the good of the game. He's killing the sport and the reasons why we go to the stadiums or why we sit in front of the tv to watch. It's a shame that Real Madrid, with all its past glory and talented players and coaches through its history is playing like a little team, one with no personality and with fear in their eyes. They are more like a group of hit and run guerrillas appealing to dirty warfare rather than a professional army fighting with pride and courage.

    April 25, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Reply
  77. bilal suleiman

    jose morinho is the best couch in the world of foot ball, weather you like or not. no one like him in the world of football, let go back to the record there is no any couch win four trophy in the different countr,

    April 25, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Reply
  78. ismaila horoya ali

    yes he is

    April 26, 2011 at 5:14 am | Reply
  79. anslem

    Indeed Jose is good,but against barca he is a distant second,lucky he got away with the kings cup,he will draw tomorrow's cl first leg and loss to barca in the second leg.he does not have the courage to play good football.football is changing you cant always win with negative football.

    April 26, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Reply
  80. amaechi

    Jose Mourinho is a good coach no doubt about dat ,,

    April 27, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Reply
  81. Rolando

    Lots and lots of brilliant coatchs here!! LOL
    He is, by far the best coach in the world. Defensive? Yes, when he has to!! But Real scores more than 3 goals in 50% of its matches. Only a stupid coach will use an offensive tactic agains Barça. He tryed it and lost 5-0!! An inteligent coach adapts his tactics depending on who the adversary is. I want to see Guardiola winning the Champions and the UEFA cup with a portuguese team, plus the tittles for Chelsea and a "Triplete" with Inter Milan. Guardiola just took the team from Cruijff and added Villa! How can you loose with Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Piqué, Valdez, playing together for how many years??

    April 27, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Reply
  82. Adrian

    are you kidding me? are there really that many people that like mourinho? he complains so much about ANY ref, the only time he shuts up is when they win a game. he is not noble or humble, or respectful. i don't care if it's mind games.

    April 28, 2011 at 12:39 am | Reply
  83. Babayo Umar Kabir

    As a madrid fan i will really appreciate it if the football world focuses more on the game between real and barca than on coach mourinho..he has a lot of work to do to get back in the game in the return leg in camp nou next week..he needs all the time and space to re-set his team and lead them to victory..not giving press briefings..

    April 29, 2011 at 12:23 am | Reply
  84. JJ

    Whatever the decision is, in the end it's the results thats important. Mourinho is a brilliant coach, he has the potential to take on the game, nevertheless...Messi,Iniesta and Xavi makes the difference at front mostly. Pep is nothing without messi magic...the Coach haf to standby every problem no matter what it is. I Love Barca but I admire Mourinho alot...he has an outstanding characteristic :)

    April 29, 2011 at 8:30 am | Reply
  85. Dr. Cajetan Coelho

    Senhor Jose Mourinho has plenty of stamina for coaching. Football needs such characters to make the game broad based.

    May 1, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Reply
  86. adiga triumph

    talk here,talk there some of the talks are not even resonable(sorry to say)bt i think some people do no watch or know good football.Gorch for crying out loud pep coaches 1 of the best type of football a coach can ever coach.Where as mourino can't coach a team like madrid,because madrid's players are not that strong like chelsea or inter.A team like madrid needs strategical coach like frank reigkard,pep gadiola etc than mourino after or even pep gadiola won both uefa,laliga & every other league that came his way on his 1st season in barcelona.

    May 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Reply
  87. Pele

    Mourinio is a fool and will be remembered as such. He has overplayed his hand in destructive "football". He is going down now.

    Bye Bye jose!

    May 3, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Reply
  88. c.menns

    Talk about real and good coach and you have Sir Alex Fergurson . The longer you stay with a club and the more the team improves makes you a good coach . Ask me for more details.

    May 8, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Reply

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