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Real Madrid continue to flounder as Mourinho receives dreaded vote of confidence

Photo: Denis Doyle/Getty Images Europe

Photo: Denis Doyle/Getty Images Europe

It is hard to imagine that there have been many worse weeks in Jose Mourinho’s coaching career than the one which he has just experienced, and the odds of him staying at the helm of the Spanish champions beyond the end of the season grow longer with each passing day.

Marca’s ceasefire did not last long; having praised Mou’s courage last weekend with regard to his frequent defensive tactical switches to secure the three points against Valladolid, Madrid’s biggest selling sports daily went back on the offensive after Wednesday’s Copa Del Rey loss at Celta Vigo. Florentino Perez then gave him the dreaded vote of confidence, insisting that his club was in the hands of ‘the best coach in the world’, and the week finished with an extraordinarily careless sacrifice of two points against Espanyol.

The comparisons with last season’s all conquering heroes make for sobering reading for all ‘merengue’ fans; one more defeat already in all competitions, and eleven points dropped away from the Bernabeu compared with just five that were surrendered last season on the road. Indeed more points have already been dropped overall than in the whole of the 2011-12 campaign.

However it is surely too simplistic to lay the blame squarely on the shoulders of the coach. Extraordinary sums have indeed been invested in the team over the last five years, but few of the obvious weaknesses which were identified over the summer have been properly addressed by new signings.

It is no coincidence that the team have continually been found wanting at set pieces, given the lack of any reinforcements to a defence which already demonstrated this weakness even whilst it was ending Barcelona’s domination of La Liga. They have also been unlucky with injuries, with the full back positions being particularly problematic in this regard, and any club side in the world would struggle to cope with the absence of both Higuain and Benzema, as was the case at the weekend.

The biggest failing of the Special One has been his inability to keep the dressing room united, although with so many big personalities under one roof, many would see this as an almost impossible task. Clearly someone from within is leaking information to the press on a regular basis, and this was in evidence again this week, when reports surfaced of a training ground bust up between Fabio Coentrao and coach Rui Faria, and even in the announcement of the starting eleven for the Celta encounter on various websites before the club had even released it officially.

Mourinho’s reaction to this has been to distance himself ever further from the players, with Faria and Aitor Karanka doing most of the coaching nowadays, and also to criticise them openly when they have underperformed. Given that his strength has always been to create the kind of team spirit and togetherness which allows his sides to overachieve, it is hardly surprising that the same set of players which tasted glory so recently have been unable to live up to expectations.

With Barcelona already long gone over the horizon in La Liga, there now seems likely to be several months of killing time on and off the field before the only big objective left for which to aim, the elusive Champions League title, looms into view again.

One Comment

  1. football

    18 December, 2012 at 04:07

    First and foremost you have to find the judas hole inside the team.
    People informing the press undercover are doing much more damage to the team as only providing a team selection they are undermining the moral
    of the team and the relationship with the coach.
    Everybody could be the one. So you have to find him and sack him.
    Mourinho beating Barca with Inter and winning the CL title and beating Barca twice for a Spanish title with Real shows that without any doubt he is the best. Replacing him with the junk coach Wenger would be an insult towards Mourinho and all Real fans and could only be compared to the waiter appointment at Chelsea.
    Mourinho imore than capable to win the CL with his team this year.So trust him support him because he is human and needs some love like anybody else who is sad.
    Last but not least Real is missing Marcello a lot, an important player
    who as we see now is much more valuable than assumed.

    Real has great team a great coach and great fans and everybody knows
    that they are capable to win any given game at any given time.
    Not many clubs can claim this for themselves.

    See all fans in London next year

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