Despite not winning trophies galore, current Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will be remembered in Spain for a very long time for the affect that he had on the Spanish game.
Real Madrid’s rivalry with Barcelona hit an all-time high, whereas Real Madrid president Florentino Perez’s expensively-assembled squad were being put through the paces by the ever demanding Mourinho.
During Jose Mourinho’s third year in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu, the club was marred in controversy as a number of reported fall-outs had taken place and the Portuguese boss himself was dreaming of a return to the Blues and the Premier League.
Mourinho left a lasting impression on the Madrid stars, and in an interview reported by the Spanish press AS, current right-back Alvaro Arbeloa recalled one particular incident where he let fly on each player – including Ronaldo and Kaka - which spoke volumes of the authority in which he commanded.
“We realised who Mourinho was one day during pre-season. The Spaniards were coming off the back of winning the World Cup and we got together in Los Angeles. There, we played a game against LA Galaxy and at half-time we were 2-0 down. The words that came out of his mouth! He shouted at everyone, and we quickly learned who he was.”
He added: “You don’t imagine Pellegrini shouting at Cristiano [Ronaldo]. We remembered Mourinho’s speech, he said 'you don’t run? No problem for me, bench. You neither? No problem for me, get out of here.' He said those things to the World Champions, to Kaka and to the squad.”
Since leaving, Mourinho has taken up the reigns at Chelsea and guided the West Londoners to the Champions League semi-final where they were defeated by Atletico Madrid.
Ahead of the last game of the season, the Blues are likely to finish in 3rd place behind Manchester City and Liverpool. Next season, Mourinho will be hoping with some extra firepower upfront he can return the Premier League trophy to Stamford Bridge.