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Theres no story. The atmosphere at the Sheraton was gloomy that night, with contradictory rumours from England circulating about the retirement of Ferguson. The online pages of the Mirror and Sun offered a disturbing picture. Mourinho was certain that if Sir Alex had taken such a decision he would have at least called to tell him. But there had been nothing. According to the people from Gestifute who lent him logistical support he had not received as much as a text message. The hours of anxiety were slowly getting to him, and he made calls until dawn to try to confirm the details with journalists and British friends.
Mendes heard the definitive news about Ferguson straight away from another Gestifute employee but did not dare tell Mourinho the truth that he had never stood the slightest chance. Mourinho was tormented by the memory of Sir Bobby Charltons interview in the Guardian in December The verdict of the legendary former player and member of the United board had greatly unsettled him.
When asked if he saw Mourinho as a successor to Ferguson, Charlton said, A United manager would not do what he did to Tito Vilanova, referring to the finger in the eye incident. Mourinho is a really good coach, but thats as far as Id go. And as far as the admiration Ferguson had for Mourinho was concerned, the veteran said it was a fiction: He does not like him too much.
Mourinho preferred to believe the things that Ferguson had personally told him rather than be bothered by what a newspaper claimed Charlton had said. But that night, the venerable figure of Sir Bobby assaulted his imagination with telling force. There would be no more Manchester United for him. No more colossal dreams. Only reality. Only his decline in Spain devouring his prestige by the minute.
Only Abramovichs outstretched hand. In the morning he called Mendes, asking him to get in touch with United urgently. Right until the end, he wanted his agent to exert pressure on the English club in an attempt to block any deal.
It was an act of desperation. Both men knew that Mendes had put Mourinho on the market a year ago. David Gill, Uniteds chief executive, had held regular talks with Gestifute and was aware of Mourinhos availability but he was not interested in him as a manager. He had told Mendes in the autumn of that Fergusons first choice was Pep Guardiola and had explained the reasons.
At Gestifute, the message of one United executive seemed particularly pertinent: The problem is, when things dont go well for Mou, he does not follow the clubs line. He follows Joss line. What most frightened Mourinho was that public opinion would conclude he had made a fool of himself. He felt cheated by Ferguson and feared people might stop taking him seriously. For years, the propaganda machine acting on his behalf had made quite a fuss of the friendship between the two men; this was now revealed to be a fantasy.
To make these latest events seem coherent, Gestifute advisors told him to say that he already knew everything because Ferguson had called to inform him. On 9 May someone at Gestifute got in touch with a journalist at the daily newspaper Record to tell them that Ferguson had offered his crown to Mourinho four months ago, but that he had rejected it because his wife preferred to live in London, and for that reason he was now leaning towards going back to Chelsea.
Meanwhile, Mourinho gave an interview on Sky in which he stated that Ferguson had made him aware of his intentions, but never made him the offer because he knew that he wanted to coach Chelsea.
The contradictions were not planned. For two weeks he disappeared from the public eye and barely spoke to his players. For the first time in years, the Spanish and the Portuguese press watching from a distance agreed that they were watching a lunatic.
The preparation for the game made the players anticipate the worst. The sense of mutual resentment was overbearing. If Mourinho felt betrayed, the squad saw him as someone whose influence could destroy anyones career. If he had jeopardised Casillass future, the most formidable captain in the history of Spanish football, how were the other players to feel? A witness who watched events unfold from within Valdebebas described the appalling situation: the players didnt mind losing because it meant that Mourinho lost.
It didnt matter to Mourinho, either, and so they lost. On 16 May the manager showed up at the team hotel with a sketch of a trivote under his arm. Trivote was the term the players used to describe the tactical model that Mourinho claimed to have invented. It was executed by different players according to the circumstances.
The plan, presented on the screen of the hotel, had Modri, Alonso and Khedira as the chosen trio in midfield. This meant that the teams most creative player, zil, was shifted out to the right to a position where he felt isolated.
Benzema and Ronaldo were up front. Mourinhos team-talks had always been characterised by a hypnotic inflammation. The man vibrated. Every idea that he transmitted seemed to be coming directly from the core of his nervous system.
That day this did not happen. He had spent a long time isolated in his office absorbed, sunken-eyed, pale, melancholic.
The players were at a loss as to why. Some interpreted it as sheer indolence, others saw 6 CRYING him as quite simply lost, as if he were saying things he did not understand. He looked like a hologram, recalled one assistant. All that was missing was a yawn, said another. The room fell into a tense silence. The coach was proposing something on the board that they had not practised all week. Incomprehensible, maybe, but a regular occurrence in recent months.
He told them that after years implementing this system they should understand it so well that they didnt need to practise it. They would have to content themselves with understanding how he wanted them to attack. As usual, the most complex job was allocated to zil. The German had to cover the wing when the team did not have the ball. When possession was regained he had to move to a more central position and link up with Modri. The players understood that to gain width and get behind Atltico the logical thing would have been to put a winger on the right, somebody like Di Mara, leave zil in the centre and drop Modri back into Khediras position.
But the coach believed that because Modri lacked the necessary physical attributes, he needed to support the defensive base of the team with Khedira. No one spoke up against the plan. For years the communication between the leader and his subordinates had been a one-way street.
This time, however, it was because there was just nothing to say. The team-talk was brief. The players were left wondering why on earth they had to defensively reinforce the midfield with Khedira against an Atltico side who were hardly going to attack them. But, mute, they merely obeyed. For the club with the largest budget in the world, the Copa del Rey was a lesser objective. Finding out that the final would be played in their stadium distressed the directors.
After losing the league and the Champions League, the season had little left to offer. The joke had been doing the rounds since the team beat Bara at the Camp Nou to qualify, that the president had been heard to say that a final in the Bernabu against Atltico was about as attractive as a punch bag.
The ticket prices fixed by the clubs and the Spanish Football Federation set a new record. The shape, though, was a minor detail alongside the style.
This pressure would be done as a team, and not only one or two players. Mourinho would always present his team with dossiers on their opponents. Did he have a tendency to get many cards? What kind of movements did he make?
So we already knew what to do when he did it; we were completely prepared for it. That also happened … so we knew what to do and got a narrow win. When Chelsea beat Paris Saint Germain in the quarter final of the Champions League in , for instance, John Terry revealed that they had practiced for various different scorelines, even down to the heavily attacking system they ended up using for the final 10 minutes as they chased the vital second goal.
Specific preparation is key; as little as possible is left to chance. The flipside of that is his relationship with his own squad, a capacity to create remarkably strong bonds. That, perhaps, is an aspect of Mourinho that is often overlooked, that while he can be grouchy with the media, while he pursues feuds with rivals and can fall out with his own players, he is also capable of inspiring devotion.
There are stories of players in tears as he hugged them goodbye on his first departure from Chelsea. Performance was what counted, not relationships. In , Mourinho made another step up and was appointed manager of Chelsea. Given the rush of success that followed, given how Mourinho charmed English football in his first season, it is easy to forget now that his first weeks at Chelsea were faltering — at least from a tactical point of view.
In his first six matches, Chelsea conceded only one goal and picked up 14 points, but they only scored six goals. Against Middlesbrough in September , though, he changed shape to the that became characteristic of that period at Chelsea, and everything began to click. Lampard fell back into a shuttling midfield role in which he excelled, specialising in those late runs into the box that brought him 13 goals that season.
Mourinho was more cautious than he had been at Porto. Remorselessly, relentlessly, Chelsea swept to the title.