ANALYSIS By Ben Hayward | Spanish Football Editor Veni, vidi, vici – I came, I saw, I conquered. Julius Caesar in 47 BC, not Jose Mourinho in. José Mourinho forgot happiness need not be a weakness 2 Ken Early: Like Napoleon, Mourinho is the outsider always trying to prove himself. of José Mourinho’s leadership approach, Soccer & Society reading, posing in their stadium, veni, vidi, vici, letting emerge48 a new reality in.
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Now though, they have a 7 point advantage over Chelsea and Spurs, a gap that is a lot more comfortable. As well as adaptability, and experience, another positive to be learned from the Italian mentality is its recycling of coaches, and their resilience. It shows no teams have competed with Utd, despite them being a poor side. Nevertheless, based on this game, the signs are encouraging. Real Madrid have won both the league and the domestic cup since Mourinho took charge.
While the Roman Republic was reinforced and subsequently became an enduring Empire following the death of Caesar, Mourinho’s sides struggled after the passing of the Portuguese. However, rather than being blacklisted, the young coach was given the opportunity at AC Milan, with whom he enjoyed his longest spell to date and took home two Champions League titles. Cowed, they have lost the game mentally even before they step onto the pitch, he claims.
But is it really his fault? After claiming the Champions League under Mourinho inPorto endured a chaotic campaign following their parting with the Portuguese, winning the Intercontinental Cup on penalties after an unconvincing display against Colombian club Once Caldas, but losing the league to Benfica and failing to make even the last 16 of their domestic cup competition.
Now, he plays purely for amusement — often that of others’.
European success had not befallen the Nerazzurri since Helenio Herrera and the halcyon days of Catenaccio in ‘s. For one, many Italian coaches seemingly possess a fluid approach and adaptability to travelling abroad in search of work and new challenges that is virtually unparalleled by other nations, particularly those from the British Isles.
While Villas-Boas looked to revamp the mentality and playing style of the players he had inherited, Jose Vei, seven years previously, had decided on several new and mostly Portuguese additions to the core of his squad well in advance.
Follow bpfootball Twitter Facebook Instagram Soundcloud. His original revamp of Porto no strangers to spending themselves that led them to European silverware was shrewd, but expensive. Instead, he started his non-playing career at the brutally unfashionable Serie B side Arezzo, before travelling the length and breadth of Italy’s famous boot from Bari to Atalanta and Siena, with mixed results, before taking the reigns at the Old Lady.
Obviously, England needs to catch up to the European josse by producing more UEFA qualified coaches, that much is certain – and the statistics are damning. And when he did, his teams fell into decline. Both took up daunting, albeit different, challenges at the time – namely the Stamford Bridge hot seat – replete with the jowe goals, same objectives and the same risks that came with it.
Barring a fall almost as great as Leicester’s rise, Chelsea will be Premier League champions and Conte, remarkably, will be the fourth Mourinh to win the competition as a manager since its inception 25 years ago.
In bleak contrast, since the beginning of the Premier League era, English is the only nationality not to have won the top flight of its own country. Get top stories and blog posts emailed to me each day.
The Italian connection is a success story that has drifted somewhat under the radar. So can Mourinho be blamed? Man Utd are at the worst point ever under Ferguson, and have recently lost against Real, Chelsea and City and yet they are deservedly storming ahead in the league.
The grating whines moruinho young British managers don’t get chances in the Premier League, might fall on more sympathetic ears if the foreigners coming in weren’t so darn good, and so much more experienced. In a one-off game, City are more than capable of matching, and beating, United.
This was City laying down a marker for the future. Yes, he came, he saw, and he conquered.
Inter Milan won five major tournaments in two seasons under his stewardship, and bagged the Treble, a feat Mourinho had previously achieved with Porto in While Ranieri may have departed Leicester’s bonkers ride, one of the few predictable things to come from the wider story is that his torch should be passed to Chelsea’s Antonio Conte. Skip to content Hosting diverse, award-winning original football writing since Despite having Zinedine Zidane, the current Bayern boss could only muster an Intertoto Cup from two seasons in Turin, and embarrassingly surrendered a five point lead in three games to Lazio at the end of the campaign to throw away the Scudetto.
Secondly, contrary to popular myth, Blighty-bound Italians don’t receive preferential treatment in the most expensive league around. But then he left.