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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly; José Mourinho is José Mourinho

Posted by Marzia Hazra Wednesday, February 10, 2021

José Mourinho.

Everybody has an opinion on the self-proclaimed “Special One”. Whether you love him or loath him you can’t help but getting affected by whatever comes out of his mouth - that is, if you follow the beautiful game of football.

Why? Because the Portuguese mastermind plays one of the lead roles in football - and there’s no way around it.

Some call Mourinho an obnoxious quoting machine while others call him a managerial mastermind.

Both are obviously correct, but this article will be focusing on the latter.

Despite only being 47 years of age, Mourinho has won more than any coach can ever dare to dream of. And by the looks of things, the Inter Milan coach seems set to collecting yet another Italian league title his merits.

The kind of tactical knowledge the Portuguese has showcased over the years had made the ‘Special One’ one of the most highly regarded tacticians.

When Mourinho took over the reins after the dismissal of Roberto Mancini, many claimed that the Inter coach won his first Scudetto with his predecessor’s team.

That was soon to change.

Massimo Moratti splashed the cash during the summer in order to make a genuine push for the Champions League, but it was Mourinho’s job to integrate the five arrivals consisting of Diego Milito, Samuel Eto’o, Lucio, Thiago Motta and Wesley Sneijder into the starting eleven.

The tactician made a superb job. Inter is no longer the one-man show it tended to be with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the centre, instead the team now function as a cohesive unit who steamroll their opponents more often than not.

Not only do the Nerazzurri boast with the best offensive record, but the best defensive as well. Inter are nine points clear at the top and is the only team in Serie A with a positive double digit goal difference. On top of that, they made it into the final 16 in the Champions League from a group consisting only of domestic champions and let’s not forget that the Beneamata also are excruciatingly close to securing a place in the Coppa Italia final.

Mourinho’s abilities can only be matched by a few in the game and some of his most defining characteristics are his winning mentality, bold riskiness, instinctive feel and complete lack of fear. The Portuguese is notorious for his hunger to win and isn’t afraid of throwing in five forwards if the occasion calls for it - despite leaving the defense extremely exposed and vulnerable in his desperate quests for three points.

Wesley Sneijder made his debut in the Nerazzurri shirt less than 24 hours after his arrival - in the derby against archrivals AC Milan. How many coaches would dare to take that sort of risk in a game as prestigious and important as the Derby della Madonnina? In short, the gamble paid off as the Dutchman ran the show and played a part in each of the four goals Inter produced on that memorable night.

However, Mourinho tends to get too caught up in the moment at times, such as his dismissal against Juventus or his many disputes with media and other coaches, but would you rather have him standing completely immobile by the sidelines? In all honesty, most of us probably enjoy his antics more than they would like to admit.

Despite the team’s domestic success, Mourinho’s own success will be dependent on how the team performs in their double fixture against Chelsea - especially considering it is in the Champions League the team’s shortcomings has been exposed during the past couple of season. However, how well the tactician copes with his former side still remains to be seen.

No matter your opinion on Mourinho, whether it be good or bad, it’s easy to see how passionate he is about the game. Although he may be downright unbearable at times with his “in your face” attitude and infuriating smugness, his prize cabinet truly speaks for itself.

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