Good thing for Los Blancos that they won earlier today because if they had not then the entire starting XI would have been “dead to” Jose Mourinho. At least that is what the Special One claimed a few weeks back when his Real Madrid side faced off against lowly Murcia for the first time. Mourinho was so focused on winning the opening Copa del Rey match that the coach claimed that if his side lost then they would be “dead to him”. Two weeks later Mourinho voiced a similar warning to the club claiming that this was a must win match and the “most important game” of the season so far.
Well Madrid hasn’t won the Copa del Rey since 1993 and they did lose in the same round last year to Alcorcon, so I suppose there is a method to Mourinho’s madness. And apparently that bizarre all or nothing approach to motivating the locker room has worked for now. Madrid now only defeate the Segunda B Real Murcia club, they embarrassed them. Los Blancos won the match 5-1 to secure the two match aggregate victory by the same score and five different players would score for the La Liga powerhouse in route to the dominating Cup win. The five footballers that scored for the All Whites were: Esteban Granero, Gonzalo Higuain, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema (penalty) and Xabi Alonso.
And as I said yesterday, this win is certainly not any more special than any other, but losing such a match would have been extremely humiliating to a club that hopes to be the world’s best by the end of the season. Mourinho is one of those strange breeds of coach though, that desires to win at all costs and is even willing to play his best players in such a match despite the fact that his side hasn’t lost all season and it would take a miracle for such a lowly club to defeat the red hot club at the moment.
But the man “who is not Harry Potter” sure knows how to win and treats every single match as if it might be his last as coach. And knowing how Mourinho enjoys a new challenge nearly every other year, I’d say his Madrid side should treat each match as if it might be there last with Mourinho as well.