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“Mourinho + Money = Success” is a myth. There are two clubs (Chelsea F.C. and Real Madrid) which blindly believed in this equation. The blame for not-so-successful campaigns of these clubs was entirely on José Mourinho, but the reasons include the players, the fans and the management as well. Club is like a car which runs with the management, the coach, the players and the fans acting as the four wheels enabling a smooth ride. This article will dispel the general thought that the special one is “solely” responsible for the not-so-successful campaigns of Chelsea F.C. and Real Madrid.

Jose Mourinho - Aggression is his forte

Jose Mourinho – Aggression is his forte

1. Players: Players who play at a top club have to focus on the club’s ambitions and place their own interests one step lower than the club’s. This hadn’t happened in Real Madrid.

  • Sergio Ramos didn’t follow the man marking plan in a set piece and then blamed Mourinho for never playing football at the highest level. This is sheer indiscipline and this happens only when the player thinks him above everyone else.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo openly stated that he was sad (The reason for that is not yet known). Such an important player voicing something negativity impacts a club to the highest degree.
  • Iker Casillas and Kaka should be praised here particularly. Though very famous players with good reputation and been benched by Mourinho for long spells, they didn’t complain openly or create any negativity in the media.
  • Álvaro Arbeloa’s post season statement shows that there are players who did put their ambitions ahead of the club’s unlike what Mou did.
Sergio Ramos and Jose Mourinho

Sergio Ramos and Jose Mourinho

2. Fans: The club fans shouldn’t always put a player’s image above the club’s image. That’s what has happened when Mourinho benched Iker Casillas. What happened between Jose and Iker is not known to anyone! But, if the manager thinks that a particular player has to be benched the fans shouldn’t go against the manager and act as a negative force against the team. They jeered their manager who has the potential to shape their club, give a tough fight and topple Barcelona from their domination and their club’s very own player Adan for being played instead of Iker. Such single player worship won’t help any club to achieve greatness. (Media acts both the ways here. They criticize when player power grows stronger in any club and when a manager tries to control it criticizes him for the same. Fans shouldn’t buy in whatever media propagates and act as a negative force against the club). Half the section of the fans chanted his name throughout his last game in charge at Real Madrid. That itself is a success of José.

Mourinho, Gracias por luchar contra viento y marea

Mourinho, Gracias por luchar contra viento y marea

3. Management: José Mourinho received great support from Real Madrid board. Even the removal of Valdano was of great help in Mourinho acquiring greater control. In Perez’ announcement of Jose’s departure, he mentioned that the mutual consented contract termination wouldn’t have happened had Real Madrid won the Champions League (which was missed with a 4-3 loss to Dortmund in Semi Finals). This means that the club board has had their faith on Mourinho till the end (Had Madrid won the Champions League, Iker would be benched till he sorts out the issue with Mou). But this hadn’t happened at Chelsea. Though the special one instilled the much needed winning mentality into the team’s DNA, Roman’s ego went above any reason or logic. By firing Mourinho, he created an imbalance which has impacted the team till now and left the fans wanting him back.

Jose Mourinho and Roman Abramovich

Jose Mourinho and Roman Abramovich

4. The Special One: José accusation of everyone-but-him for the failure is also not true. He is also responsible for the not-so-successful campaigns he had. Remember that Mourinho’s attitude of creating the us-versus-everyone-else-in-the-world image is not under question. That has helped teams come close together and to stand up to succeed in all the competitions.

  • Mourinho’s aggression made him poke Tito Vilanova during a match against Barcelona. That was suicidal. It was one of the incidents which even his die hard fans can’t support. His post match comments too made him the villain of footballing community.
  • Mourinho wasn’t aggressive in his match against Manchester United in the Champions League 2012-13 season. He seemed more like he wanted to be Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor than to be a successful Real Madrid manager. His post match comments made him and the club look so small. That’s one of his all time low points. To say that the opponents were the best team at such an intense match would have given his team members lack of confidence and trust in him.
Jose Mourinho poking Tito Vilanova's eye

Jose Mourinho poking Tito Vilanova’s eye

So, with these four factors discussed, I would like to rewrite the success equation (in the beginning of this article) as follows:

Confident Board + Supportive Fans + Selfless Players + The Special One = Guaranteed Success

Hail Mourinho! Comparison of Jose Mourinho with other renowned managers are on their way. So, keep reading!

 

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José Mourinho can bring success only with money is a myth. He has so far managed 6 clubs (Benfica, União de Leiria, F.C.Porto, Chelsea F.C., Internazionale and Real Madrid). Among these clubs, he has managed one or more full seasons with Porto (2 seasons), Chelsea (3 seasons), Inter (2 seasons) and Real Madrid (3 seasons). Many people think that all the teams that Mourinho ever managed are made with hundreds of millions of money. This articles will dispel that misconception.

  • With Porto, he has won 6 trophies in two complete seasons. Do you think that the club has spent a lot in net transfers spending (total expenditure in buying players – total revenue from selling players)? Not at all. In fact, their net transfer spending is -5.9 million Euros i.e., they have earned 5.9 million Euros during the two years in transfer market.
  • With Inter Milan, he has won 5 trophies (2 league titles, 1 Copa Italia, 1 Italian Super Cup and 1 UEFA Champions League) in two seasons. The net transfer spending by Inter Milan during those two seasons is 39 million Euros (19.5 million Euros per season). For a big club like Inter Milan chasing for Champions League, a spending of approx. 20 million Euros per season is not extravagant. Still, he brought them the success they really aspired for.
  • He was mainly given an opportunity in F.C.Porto because of the results that he produced with Benfica and with União de Leiria (though for a very short term). Those two clubs weren’t pumped with loads of cash either.
Transfer Spending of Jose's Teams

Transfer Spending of Jose’s Teams

Two clubs’ (Chelsea and Real Madrid) management believed that bringing Mourinho and splashing money alone will work. No, it will not. In the upcoming posts, the flaws made by the players, the fans, the management and the special one himself in these clubs will be analyzed.

 

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José Mourinho has been hated by many in the footballing world, but do remember that he would be the only manager whose name is sung by fans after six years of his departure from a club (Chelsea). When he won Champions League with Inter Milan, many Chelsea fans were happily celebrating as if Chelsea had won it. It’s true that he has many enemies in the footballing word, but he has also won a million hearts in the same court. This post details some of his achievements in F.C.Porto.

Jose Mourinho in F.C.Porto

Jose Mourinho in F.C.Porto

  • In the end of 2001-02 season, He promised to win the Portuguese league the following year. Not only did he deliver what he promised, he has won all the trophies (Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal and UEFA Cup – the treble with Europa League) that the team contested in. F.C.Porto won their first ever UEFA Cup under his guidance. He has also managed to get the maximum total points ever in Primeira Liga then.
  • In the 2003-04 season, He has won an unprecedented treble (Primeira Liga, UEFA Champions League and Supertaça – the World Treble). His team also won Manchester United in the Champions League with a goal in the “extra-time” at Old Trafford against Sir Alex Ferguson.
  • Of all the F.C.Porto Managers who have finished at least two complete seasons, Jose Mourinho has the highest number of trophies per season (three per season)

He is indeed one of the most successful managers of F.C.Porto and he is being highly regarded by the club President Pinto da Costa. Mourinho can bring success only with money is a myth. More on that will be brought to you in the following article.

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In my two previous articles, we saw how the top 10 teams in the English Premier League have played, their form, their strengths & weakness, key players and the way forward this season at the end of 5th gameweek. In this article we will analyze the same for the next five teams.

#11 Swansea City (Games Played:5, Points Scored:7):

Swansea started the season with a bang maintaining No. 2 rank for the first 3 games. But with two back-to-back losses to Aston Villa and Everton, they have dropped to 11th rank. In the first 3 matches they scored 10 goals and in the next 2 matches they didn’t score any. In the first two games they didn’t concede at all, but they conceded 7 goals in the next 3 games. The team is capable enough to do well against the teams in the bottom-half and mid-table. If they are successful in exploiting that, there is a possibility that they might be in the mid-table at the end. In the next 5 games, apart from the matches against Chelsea and Man City, other matches are not tough for them. Scoring the same 7 points or more in the next 5 games will put them in the mid-table for sure.

Gameweek Opponent Home/Away Result Goals Current Rank
1 QPR Away Win 0-5 19
2 West Ham Home Win 3-0 9
3 Sunderland Home Draw 2-2 12
4 Aston Villa Away Loss 2-0 14
5 Everton Home Loss 0-3 3

#12 Sunderland (Games Played:4, Points Scored:4):

Out of the four teams with 4 points each, Sunderland has played one game lesser. They have so far drew all the matches. In the three matches with goals scored, Sunderland has lost the lead in all the three. In West Ham’s match they lost in the extra time. This is an area of concern for Sunderland. They have to either bring in their winning mentality and kill off the game by scoring more goals or be solid in the back and defend the lead to win. All the goals conceded have come from the center of the Penalty area which suggests there is some gap in their existing play. In the attack, all the four goals came from Steven Fletcher, which is not good for the team (increased reliance on a single player). In the next 5 matches, they play against Man City which will be very tough. Against the 4 other teams, Sunderland should try to get as many points as possible. If Sunderland wants to enter the top half of the table, they need to get at least 10 points from the next 5 matches.

Gameweek Opponent Home/Away Result Goals Current Rank
1 Arsenal Away Draw 0-0 5
2 Swansea Away Draw 2-2 11
3 Liverpool Home Draw 1-1 18
4 West Ham Away Draw 1-1 9

#13 Stoke City (Games Played:5, Points Scored:4):

Playing Arsenal, Man City and Chelsea within the first five games will be the toughest for any mid-table team. Unfortunately, two of these teams played at Stoke’s stronghold home stadium (Britannia Stadium). Stoke should have won at least one of the draws against 15th placed Wigan and 20th placed Reading to prove their worth in mid-table contention. Stoke should try to reverse this by scoring at least 7 points in the matches against Swansea, Sunderland and Norwich in the upcoming 5 games. The other two matches against the Reds and the Red Devils are very tough.

Gameweek Opponent Home/Away Result Goals Current Rank
1 Reading Away Draw 1-1 20
2 Arsenal Home Draw 0-0 5
3 Wigan Away Draw 2-2 15
4 Man City Home Draw 1-1 7
5 Chelsea Away Loss 1-0 1

#14 Aston Villa (Games Played:5, Points Scored:4):

Aston Villa has not been the same after the departure of Martin O’Neil. They had a poor start to the season. Though they have a good squad, they are struggling a lot. Aston Villa’s performance in 2-4 win against Manchester City in Capital One League Cup is the only best show put up by them. With Given, Bent, N’Zogbia, Agbonlahor and Petrov, Villa should kick-start and catch up with other clubs soon. Sadly they haven’t done that in the first 5 games. And if they are continuing the same form, then it is very difficult for them to even touch the mid-table. In the next 5 games, other than Spurs all the matches are winnable. Hence an improvement in the rank at the end of the gameweek 10 only will tell whether they are in the path of recovery or not.

Gameweek Opponent Home/Away Result Goals Current Rank
1 West Ham Away Loss 1-0 9
2 Everton Home Loss 1-3 3
3 Newcastle Away Draw 1-1 10
4 Swansea Home Win 2-0 11
5 Southampton Away Loss 4-1 16

#15 Wigan Athletic (Games Played:5, Points Scored:4):

Wigan played three teams from the top 10 and lost in all the three. They played two teams from the bottom 10 and got four points. Not a bad result. But they should have been better against Fulham. Transfers of Rodallega and Moses were a big loss for Wigan. But Di Santo and new signing Kone tried to compensate for their absence in the attacking front both scoring 2 goals each. Only 4 teams conceded equal to or more than 10 goals. Wigan is one among them. Defensive strategy change is necessary. Another interesting thing is that Wigan has conceded and scored only in 0′ to 10′, 40′ to 60′ and 80’+ timings. This suggests that the team is nervously energetic around the beginning, the break and the end of the match. Once the match flows they are solidly maintaining 0-0 till the end comes. In the next 5 games, they don’t play any heavyweights. So they have to start gathering more points before they have to play the heavyweights again.

Gameweek Opponent Home/Away Result Goals Current Rank
1 Chelsea Home Loss 0-2 1
2 Southampton Away Win 0-2 16
3 Stoke Home Draw 2-2 13
4 Man Utd Away Loss 4-0 2
5 Fulham Home Loss 1-2 6

Among these 5 teams, at the least 1 team will move into the top half table spot at the end of 10th gameweek. Let’s wait to see the positions then.

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In the first 5 gameweeks, all the clubs had played 5 games except Reading and Sunderland (both clubs played 4 games so far). At the end of gameweek 5, let us analyze how the top 5 teams have played, their form, their strengths & weakness, key players and the way forward this season.

#1 Chelsea FC (Games Played:5, Points Scored:13):

Though Chelsea FC is in the top of the table with 4 wins and 1 draw, the opponents which it faced are currently in 10th, 13th, 15th, 19th and 20th positions. Hence, Chelsea so far hasn’t had any tough matches. Competing for the title, ideally Chelsea should have got all the 15 points. But 13 points is not bad either. In the goal scoring front, four teams have scored more than Chelsea. 4 goals came from defenders, 3 goals came from midfielders and 2 goals came from forwards. This is an area of concern and the Chelsea attack should start scoring much more. In the goals conceded, Chelsea has been one among the two teams (the other being Arsenal FC) with the lowest figure. Hence, defensively Chelsea has been better and Chelsea’s attacking line up and midfield should complement the defensive performance to hold on to the first position. The next five matches are very crucial as Chelsea plays Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United. With these tough fixtures, if Chelsea remains at the top at the end of Gameweek 10, the challenge for title is really on.

Gameweek Opponent Home/Away Result Goals Current Rank
1 Wigan Away Win 0-2 15
2 Reading Home Win 4-2 20
3 Newcastle Home Win 2-0 10
4 QPR Away Draw 0-0 19
5 Stoke Home Win 1-0 13

#2 Manchester United (Games Played: 5, Points Scored: 12):

Though ManU has played two tough matches against Everton and Liverpool, Liverpool’s current position at 18 and the controversies surrounding the match suggests otherwise. And a loss against Everton, doesn’t help ManU’s form either. On the goal scoring front, they are one of the top scoring sides with 12 goals. Forwards have scored 7 goals with Van Persie alone scoring 5 goals. His addition has helped them thwart the risk of Rooney’s injury. But conceding 6 goals in 5 matches is definitely an area of concern, that too with the presence of Vidic and Ferdinand. ManU should concentrate on defense to be present among the top consistently. The next five matches are very tough for ManU with Tottenham, Newcastle, Stoke City, Chelsea and Arsenal. If ManU accumulates more than 10 points in these matches, they will be the strong contenders for the title.

Gameweek Opponent Home/Away Result Goals Current Rank
1 Everton Away Loss 1-0 3
2 Fulham Home Win 3-2 6
3 Southampton Away Win 2-3 16
4 Wigan Home Win 4-0 15
5 Liverpool Away Win 1-2 18

#3 Everton (Games Played: 5, Points Scored: 10):

Playing 2 of the games against the top 5 teams, 2 of the games against the mid-table teams and the rest with 14th placed Aston Villa has given Everton a very good start to the season. Keeping up the momentum built should be their objective now in order to aim for a better position that the last season. 4 goals are scored by forwards and 4 goals are scored by midfielders which is a very good mix. Fellaini being in the current form will be crucial in keeping up with the current streak. In the next 5 matches, only Liverpool derby match will be a tough match. Hence Everton should try to get the maximum out of these matches to be among the lead.

Gameweek Opponent Home/Away Result Goals Current Rank
1 Man Utd Home Win 1-0 2
2 Aston Villa Away Win 1-3 14
3 West Brom Away Loss 2-0 4
4 Newcastle Home Draw 2-2 10
5 Swansea Away Win 0-3 11

#4 West Brom (Games Played: 5, Points Scored: 10):

West Brom has also played very well with seven points out of its three tough fixtures so far (Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton). The attack hasn’t been spectacular, but the defense has done well with 3 clean sheets (Only 4 teams have had 3 or more clean sheets). They have the lowest Goal Difference among the top 6 teams. Attack has to be worked upon. In the next 5 matches, the tougher matches will be against Man City and Newcastle. Hence in such a situation, West Brom should try to make the most out the fixture.

Gameweek Opponent Home/Away Result Goals Current Rank
1 Liverpool Home Win 3-0 18
2 Tottenham Away Draw 1-1 8
3 Everton Home Win 2-0 3
4 Fulham Away Loss 3-0 6
5 Reading Home Win 1-0 20

#5 Arsenal (Games Played: 5, Points Scored: 9):

Many players shall come, grow, shine and leave! But Arsenal has always maintained its status of `above all its ‘made in arsenal fc’ star players`! I have started admiring Arsenal for its running for the title, season after season even after the loss of so many of its key players. Tough the story of them not able to clinch the title is there, any other club with such a situation would have never managed to keep their champions league spot over the years. Arsenal have so far played 5 matches and are in #5 because of its higher goal difference than Fulham and Man City. Their tough matches include Liverpool, Man City and Stoke (Stoke’s physical game has always proved to be tougher for Arsenal). One change to this Arsenal team is that the defensive line up is much better than the previous seasons. With three clean sheets and the way they remained solid without conceding to Man City towards the end (Conceding at the end has been a defining characteristics of Arsenal over the years) is a testimony for the same. Attack was neither spectacular nor pathetic. In the next 5 games, the Gunners have to face the first ranked Blues and the second ranked Red Devils. They should gather a minimum of 9 points in these 5 games to further their position.

Gameweek Opponent Home/Away Result Goals Current Rank
1 Sunderland Home Draw 0-0 12
2 Stoke Away Draw 0-0 13
3 Liverpool Away Win 0-2 18
4 Southampton Home Win 6-1 16
5 Man City Away Draw 1-1 7

Among these 5 teams, at the least 3 teams will retain their top 5 spot at the end of 10th gameweek. Let’s wait to see the positions then.

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Bombay week #7

Going out from air-conditioned office for Lunch in the scorching Bombay weather is not that fun but certainly it is good to go. I went to Hotel Laxmi in Powai near IIT Bombay on one afternoon and to R-City mall in Vikhrohli on another. Hotel Laxmi is a reasonably priced restaurant. But R-city mall is entirely different. The food court is milking money from the customers and the place is always crowded.

This week is almost like Matunga exploration week. I have to cross Matunga every day for reaching home from office. So, I got down at Matunga and started having dinner at Madras cafe, Hotel Sarada, Ram ashray, and Hotel Manis. All these hotels are must-go for any person who loves Kannada or Tamil food. You will love the place if you do so.

The most anticipated Champions League final – Chelsea vs Bayern Munich happened this week and Chelsea are crowned as European Champions. A reason to celebrate for me. The matches incidents like Cech’s goal miss @ 83′, Drogba’s header goal @ 88′, Robben’s penalty miss @ 94′, Mata’s penalty miss @ shootout, and Drogba’s penalty kick which ensured sealing CL gave me momentary shocks and surprises. But ultimately Chelsea won it.

Though a sloppy week, it ended on a high note.

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