Final, semi-final, quarter-final, semi-final, final and, for the time being, Mourinho has another quarter-final under his belt. ‘Mr Fix It’ would be a more fitting moniker than ‘The Only One’. Of all his achievements at Madrid, the most praise worthy has been his ability to exorcise the ghosts that have haunted the team in knock-out competitions.
Before his arrival, Madrid was going through a Calvary in the Cup and Champions League. Since Real Madrid won the most prestigious European competition for the ninth time back in 01-02 season and, with the exception of the 03-04 Cup final, the club has suffered one let down after another, some of them extremely painful.
Mourinho has put an end to all that. The team’s progress has changed radically for the better, going from being knocked out at the first hurdle to being in the final stages of competitions.
One of the most significant changes has been Madrid’s return to form in the Champions league,making them a team you don’t want to meet. Mou has given the club back some of the prestige lost in Europe following six consecutive years of being knocked out in the last sixteen. Juve, Arsenal, Bayern, Roma, Liverpool and Lyon all ripped the dreams of a tenth title.
Mourinho has put Madrid back where it belongs as a force to be reckoned with in the Champions League
. In his debut season the club reached the semi-finals, falling victim to Guardiola’s all-conquering Barcelona. Last year, Madrid knocked on the doors of the final but fell to Bayern Munich in an epic semi-final. Currently in the quarter finals of the Champions League,the big question is would he remain at the club at the end of the season?