Jose Mourinho’s final game in charge of Real ended 4-2 at the heart of Santiago Bernabeu, against Ossasuna in Madrid’s last game of the La Liga season.
Unable to stage a repeat of the league title winning feat of last year, Mourinho is out of the Benabeau and we expect his family to hear the first confirmation of his move to Chelsea any time soon, before the official announcement as suggested by the tactician himself.
In his first season at Real, Mourinho lifted the Spanish Cup and in his second, the league, but couldn’t replicate the form in the just concluded season.
Higuain connected with an Angel Di Maria pass ten minutes to the interval before Ghanaian export, Michael Essien, who Mourinho has signed twice, doubled Madrid’s lead on the 40 minute.
Roberto Torres and Alvaro Cejudo settled a 2- all score after the half- time break. But Karim Benzema and Jose Callejon ensured Real earned a victory.
The reception at the Bernabeu brought back the memories of the Portuguese’s triumphant entry in 2010, this time, in the midst of some fractionalised supporters. A few sang his name intermittently; some others blazoned ‘gracias mou’ on their banner.
‘Forward Madrid,’ was the ‘special one’s’ parting line before kick- off, Mourinho said: “I wish all of Real Madrid’s supporters much happiness in the future. I want to thank many fans for their support, and I respect the criticism of others. I repeat, happiness to all, and above all, good health. Hala (Forward) Madrid!”
The ex- Porto boss couldn’t have missed much of the action before he summoned the courage to step on the pitch and settled into the dugout. He waved at the fans and immediately went down the tunnel after the final whistle. The emotional farewell was soon over and might have ended abruptly.
The Portuguese manager enjoyed a fractious relationship with the Madridistas in his three- year stay at the club. His fall- out with veteran goalkeeper Iker Cassillas stirred up ripples around the Bernabeu.
It felt like everyone was moving on. And you feel the Mourinho vacuum wouldn’t be long lived; since the Portuguese did fail to win the Champions League. Let’s hope he won’t be leading Chelsea FC to the Bernabeu anytime soon.