Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is not the Spanish media’s favourite coach in the world by any stretch of the imagination.
Whilst at Real Madrid, the Portuguese coach was treated as an enemy by the Spanish public, though the two-time Champions League winning coach can only blame himself for that matter.
It all started during his first season in charge and notably before Real Madrid’s Copa Del Rey success over then-boss Pep Guardiola’s glorious Barcelona side. Mourinho told his players exactly what Barcelona think of Madrid and the rest of Spain for that matter, and that friendships don’t exist between the Clasico rivals.
Mourinho’s comments drove an unmovable wedge between the two clubs, and it soon became apparent from the on-field behaviour from the likes of Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso and the Spanish-based Barcelona stars that the sporting rivalry was edging towards a situation far more unpleasant.
The biggest losers, thereafter, was indeed the Spanish public as the national team was placed under threat leaving likeable boss Vicente Del Bosque in an almost impossible position.
Jose Mourinho’s reign in the Spanish capital ended on a sour note, as he himself was distracted by the Premier League and a possible return to Stamford Bridge, not to mention his media omission, whereas his Real Madrid team ended the season trophy-less after an agonising 2-1 defeat to city-rivals Atletico Madrid in the Copa Del Rey final.
At Chelsea, in his opening press conference, the self-proclaimed Special One asked the English press to now call him the Happy One, such was his happiness at returning to the Blues.
That tag, however, has been questioned on a number of occasions as the Chelsea boss has often cut a frustrated figure on the side-lines, perplexed at his striker’s failure to finish teams off.
As the Premier League season entered March, things were looking rosy for the Blues as they held top spot in the league and progressed nicely in the Champions League. However, disappointing results towards the end have resulted in Jose Mourinho now going two successive seasons as boss without winning any silverware.
Not one to relish at the expense of others, but after the strains Mourinho caused during his tenure in Spain, writers for the Spanish press El Confidencial couldn’t stop themselves from mocking his current predicament and gave the Special One a whole new nickname in the process.
“Since leaving Porto, Mourinho has won as a result of the huge financial backing of transfers – in his first stint at Chelsea, then Inter Milan and Real Madrid. He is a good coach when the chips are down, and he gave himself the nickname ‘The Special One’. After his two seasons without a trophy, now they should start calling him ‘The Special Zero’."
Does Jose Mourinho deserve his new criticism?