Jose Mourinho‘s stay at Real Madrid was believed by critics to have been a failure, considering the standards by which coaches at the club are judged, and Raul Gonzalez admits the tactician made great contributions to the team on the pitch but destroyed it in the dressing room.
Image: Jose Mourinho
Raul feels ‘The Special One’ was truly great for a few years with his management style and philosophy. However, the former Spanish footballer said Mou is to blame for Iker Casillas’ painful exit from the club.
The Portuguese coach created division among the players, but only Iker Casillas knows what happened to him before he decided to quit the club. In order words, the media got it all wrong.
Casillas who was the Madrid captain left on a free transfer to Porto in 2015, after losing his envious position as a leader and first choice goal-tender under Mourinho.
Raul told AS that Mourinho did a very nice job as a coach at Los Blancos but chips in that, he also created a negative atmosphere at the club.
The clubs former president Ramon Calderon would go with Raul’s opinion, having said at the time that ‘Jose Mourinho struggled to adapt to the pressure that came with being manager of Real Madrid’.
Mourinho spent three years at the Santiago Bernabeu, from 2010-13, but despite winning La Liga and the Copa del Rey, he was a nearly-man in the Champions League with Spanish side, getting knocked out at the semi-final in every season at the club.
And Calderon believes that even Mourinho, who is renowned for turning up the heat on his rivals, could not cope with the pressure that was heaped upon his shoulders while at the helm of Madrid.
“The image of Casillas leaving was…difficult. The only ones who what happened are Casillas and the club, and the rest see it from the outside. If you see a Madrid legend say goodbye it shocks you, of course,” Raul told AS.
“Mourinho did a great job. The first two years were very good. The team was competitive and defeated the best Barcelona at that time.
“In the third year, the divisions began, ones you feel from the outside and you can perceive. But to know what to think you need to know the root of the problem.
“When I was there a lot of people said things that didn’t correspond to reality. But the division Mourinho created was clear. There was division. Although, the work he did on the pitch was very good.
“There are many ways to get where you want to be, I always say, and you have to find a strategy so the team is united. Then everyone has their preference.
“I respect all of them, but I’ll take the sporting aspect: Mourinho competed well with the best Barcelona.”
Jose Mourinho (top) is thrown into the air by his Madrid players as they celebrate after winning La Liga in 2012.
There were too many confrontations and pressures from superstars who wouldn’t spare a moment in letting their anger flare in Mourinho’s direction for one reason or the other.
The Portuguese coach had reportedly argued with Ronaldo in the dressing room at the end of a cup tie against Valencia and famously said of Benzema, “I don’t have my dog to go hunting with so I will have to take my cat” ahead of a game in which he had been forced to pick the striker.
Ronaldo appeared to turn to the bench and shout “f— you” in Portuguese after scoring against Malaga in May, while Pepe publicly criticized Mourinho’s treatment of Spain goalkeeper Casillas, saying: “He should have shown him more respect.”