Mourinho claims to be best Real Madrid manager ever, but does Manchester City boss have a case?

Manuel Pellegrini

In terms of win percentage Manuel Pellegrini is a stronger manager than Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid.

Jose Mourinho is not known for being bashful, or reserved in his self-praise - and this week has been no different.

When quizzed on his time with Real Madrid, he was typically modest and reticent in his response:

"One hundred points, 121 goals, we were champions against the best Barcelona there ever has been. Who is the manager of the best Real Madrid team in history? That’s me. I am the one. My teams are great teams. My teams are built to win. You have to be dominant to win more than not so that is what my teams try to be. My teams are the ones with all the goal records. I am the champion of the League of Records. That is my place in history."

That is a very fair point, the Real Madrid team of the 2011-12 season certainly will go down in history as one of the greatest teams in history - the fact that Barcelona finished in second place with a whopping 91 points tells you everything you need to know about their season.

But while Mourinho can certainly claim the record books, officially he is not the best manager in Real Madrid’s history. No, that mantle actually belongs to a rival in the Premier League - Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini.

The Chilean was only at the club for one season, compared to Mourinho’s three, but had a win percentage at the Bernabeu of 75%, compared to Mourinho’s 72%.

So if you are to take it on who won more games per average Pellegrini is in fact the best permanent Real Madrid manager in the history of Real Madrid.

But I raise this point because a Manchester City fan friend of mine raised it to me … and I shot it down.

Who cares if Pellegrini has a 3% difference in win percentage when you consider he won no major honours at the Bernabeu - while Mourinho brought in three?

Nobody cares, not really … would any Manchester City fan trade in their Premier League title for a better win percentage? 100% not.

Do I agree with Mourinho’s rather lofty and grandiose self-appreciation, I wouldn’t go that far.

But he is certainly stronger than Pellegrini, regardless of win percentages.

Without actually winning something, what is the point?

image: © Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

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