In the 2012/2013 season, José Mourinho experienced huge criticism from Real Madrid fans, who booed him during matches and demanded his departure from their beloved club. The Portuguese coach thus decided to take matters firmly into his own hands and faced the criticism in his own way.
Mourinho arrived in 2010 to restore Real Madrid’s lost glory
After experiencing many successes as manager of Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan, José Mourinho moved to Real Madrid in 2010. Los Blancos’ star-studded squad experienced a dry spell in that period, watching as Barcelona ruled world football.
The Portuguese strategist was thus supposed to be the man to restore the Spanish giant to its former glory. He asked for the patience of the fans in his first season and promised a Spanish title in the next. As he promised, he delivered.
In his very first season in sunny Spain, he won the Spanish Cup. In a memorable final, he managed to beat Pep Guardiola’s well-oiled machine. In his second season, he then managed to win the promised La Liga, earning the respect of all Madridistas.
But in his third season at the club, he had to face angry fans
However, in his third season at the club, he did not build on his previous successes and was unable to keep up with rivals Barcelona in the league. Before the Madrid derby, which took place at the Santiago Bernabéu on the first day of December in 2012, he was 8 points behind second-placed Atlético and even 11 behind first-placed Barcelona.
Thus, many fans gave voice to their dissatisfaction with the manager of their beloved club during the Copa del Rey midweek match with loud whistles and banners suggesting the departure of the Portuguese coach from the club.
Thus, before the said derby, Mourinho directed his words to those very fans in a press conference. He urged these supporters to come 40 minutes before the actual match and if they wanted to, to direct their boos only at him, but to cheer his team in the match.
And again, as promised, he did so. Before the game he walked out of the stadium womb alone and stood proudly in front of the club’s supporters for about 90 seconds. The booing of some fans could be heard from the stands, but this was drowned out by the chanting of the Portuguese coach’s name and a standing ovation. Real won 2-0 that evening.
He won the hearts of many Madridistas that day and showed that he was a real man. Unfortunately for him, he got into a confrontation with the club’s legends, ended the season without a single trophy and, thanks also to his controversial personality, left the club at the end of the season.
Source: Twitter accounts – Real Madrid C.F. and Sir José #Giallorossi
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