Real’s hope of retaining La Liga crown is diminished after falling nearly 20 points archrival Barca, with domestic trophy a distant probability, there’s nothing left to lose for Jose Mourinho but experiments. First is the goalkeeper experiment and now with the midfield. He isn’t sabotaging his team like some thought when he decided to replace Spain’s captain with secondary goalkeeper, but he was certainly failed miserably in that one beside bearing intense criticism from both his players, fans and the media alike. All of these pressing Mourinho start trying and finding some formula that might give him the edge against Manchester United.
Talk about trophy, the UEFA Champions League 2013 highlights that Real Madrid has lusted after continues to be elusive for who know how many years, ironically is the only thing that’s left. The Copa Del Rey, the La Liga, they won’t be forgotten, but they’ll become a ground for tactical changes for Mourinho, relying on the fact that he has enough firepower up front to cover for any mistakes he makes, most of the time at least. Not everyday Cristiano Ronaldo finds a goalkeeper in such perfect form in front of him, drawing two amazing saves from Valencia’s GK.
Yet it’s ironic to think that an entire season will be defined by only a two-leg match that come along so soon, in February. Miss out on making the quarter finals, and it’ll be inevitable but call this season a miserable failure, and let the media festival around Jose Mourinho and the team begin.
It seems that things at Real Madrid, despite the win, aren’t much delighted. From best sportsbook promotions news source, rumors of a loud argument which came close to a more serious bust up between Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho emerged in recent hours, with club president Florentino Perez forced to intervene.
After the 90 minutes, instead of celebrating in the dressing room, the two got into a very vocal and loud argument, with Ronaldo quite unhappy about the way he was treated and talked to by the Portuguese manager. According to rumors, Florentino Perez had to step in and help seperate the two men, who weren’t too far from coming to blows.
It’s also been noted that Mourinho got into a spat with Angel di Maria, criticizing the player for his ability since he signed a new contract, saying you played better when you cost less money. Di Maria didn’t start against Valencia, instead stepping in after 61 minutes.
With another damaging blow to his relationship with his star players, some might wonder if Jose Mourinho will even get to see the end of the season as Real Madrid’s manager.