Jose Mourinho was introduced at the Bernabeu as the new coach of Real Madrid after signing a four-year deal with the Spanish side Mourinho becomes the ninth coach at Real Madrid in the last six years.
In introducing Mourinho, Real sporting director Jorge Valdano said:
“It’s an honour to have with us one of the most prestigious coaches in the world. We are delighted to have him here with us. The best thing for our club right now, is to have Mourinho with us.”
Mourinho was not as brash in his press conference as when he moved to Chelsea saying:
“I don’t know if I was born to coach Real Madrid but I was born to be a football coach. I love important challenges. My attraction to Real Madrid is due to its history, its frustrations in recent years and its expectations to win. It’s a unique club and I believe that not to coach Real leaves a void in a coach’s career. The beauty is not so much to train or play at Real, but to win at Real Madrid.”
And win is what the “Special One” was hired to do. Wrestling the La Liga crown away from Barcelona will not be enough. Mouriho has to win the Champions League within the next four years. And I expect him to do that.
If any manager can reclaim the European glory for Real it is Mourinho. Winning the 2004 Champions League with outsiders Porto was a great triumph but giving Chelsea their first English title in 50 years and leading Inter Milan to an unprecedented Italian treble and their first European Cup since 1965 were also stunning. He is the best coach in football period.
La Liga now has the three best players in the world as well as the best manager. The question now is what other superstars will be attracted to the star power of La Liga?