Barcelona are one of the best teams our generation has ever seen and Lionel Messi is the world’s greatest football player of all time.
I considered writing the opening line in Portuguese or Spanish or any other language which Jose Mourinho may speak in a bid to help him understand and comes to term with the facts.
As you probably already know Barcelona defeated Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup 3-2 with Messi scoring twice and Cesc Fabregas making a substitute appearance for his debut in Spain.
But it was the behaviour of Real Madrid’s players and more specifically their coach Jose Mourinho that will almost over shadow a great performance from Messi and his team mates.
The match flared up toward the end as Brazilian international Marcelo hacked down Cesc Fabregas and received a red card for his troubles but the controversy didn’t stop there as Mesut Ozil and David Villa were both sent off for their part in the fracas that followed.
I use the following expression in an apologetic manner toward Barcelona players and fans – The above fracas aside (they shouldn’t be side-lined due to the serious nature of the lack of respect shown by Real Madrid’s players) Jose Mourinho’s behaviour was arguably worse than that of his players as he tugged Barcelona assistant Tito Vilanova’s ear in a provocative way before standing in the background ginning proudly and arrogantly like he used to when he won titles.
Jose wake up, you’re not wining anything, you’re getting outclassed, losing dignity and pride in acting like a schoolboy.
It’s obvious that Mourinho’s plan since becoming Madrid manger has been to get under Pep Guardiola’s skin and to unsettle the Catalan giants. In the early matches he used five midfielders with Pepe, a tough tackling centre-back at the heart to show physical presences on the pitch.
Off the pitch Mourinho takes jibes at the Barca boss and his club and in the wake of yet another loss Mourinho’s schoolboy side reared its ugly head once more as he blamed the Barcelona ball-boys for his club’s defeat.
The once respectable Mourinho explains: “From the first minute of the second half there were no ball boys and no balls. The way small teams do when they are in difficulty.”
His career up until now has been oh so rosy naming himself the ‘special one’ and rightly so for a number of years as he picked up trophies whereever he went including a memorable treble with Inter Milan but his charm and tactical superiority has become unstuck by Guardiola, Messi and co.
Jose is lost, he doesn’t know how to react and resorts to childish, unprofessional behaviour which seems to have rubbed off onto the Madrid players who are picking up red cards like they’re going out of fashion.
It’s about time Mourinho learnt how to accept defeat in a humble manner and appreciate the sheer class that Barcelona ooze. Equally Real Madrid share this class in terms of technical ability as do Manchester United but you don’t see last season’s Uefa Champions League runner up Sir Alex Ferguson running around pinching people and making excuses.
He simply accepts that on the day the winning team were the better team and it’s about time Mourinho learnt to behave himself.