Being a Madrid and Real Madrid biased newspaper is one thing, but actually giving Jose Mourinho the Miguel Muñoz award, establishing, at least to its readers, online and on actual paper, that he was the best head coach in the La Liga for the 2010-2011 season is an absolute joke.
When the headline first crossed my eyesight, I thought it was a The onion kind of joke. But it wasn’t. The head coach who lied, made excuses all year long, even asked for more players after getting €56.5 million to spend on Di Maria, Canales (loaned out to Valencia now), Pedro Leon (loaned out to Getafe now), Sami Khedira (relative failure), Ricardo Carvalho and Mesut Ozil, while already having Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuain, Karim Benzema, Xabi Alonso, Kaka and others in his squad, was the best in Spain?
For What? For finishing second, behind Barcelona and Pep Guardiola? For failing to beat Barcelona, making it six league matches in a row without beating their greatest rivals? For getting thrashed 5-0 at the Nou Camp, something that hasn’t happened in 16 years?
Real did finish with 92 points, “only” four points behind Barcelona. But most of the Spanish league is a joke, and in the two horse race he lost. Were the garbage time victories over Sevilla, Villareal, Almeria and Getafe an indication to who is mastermind ability to navigate through the difficult minefield that is the La Liga? I thought it was an opportuinity for Cristiano Ronaldo to boost his scoring record.
By the way, Ronaldo got the Pichichi trophy in the same ceremony, for something objective – Most goals scored. Mourinho? Subjective, and clearly biased. Marca couldn’t lie about the di Stefano award, giving it to Lionel Messi for a third straight year. Ironically, Alfredo di Stefano was the one who awarded Mourinho his coaching award.
Jose Mourinho was pretty quiet during the summer, but everything exploded after the Super Cup loss to Barcelona, peforming amateurish eye surgery on Tito Vilanova and later apologizing only to Real Madridistas, talking about how he hates hypocrites and what not. A true knight of justice and truth. I know the Marca support Real Madrid, and in Spain it’s all about Barcelona backing newspapers and Madrid backing media outlets. So what. Why lie to your readers and soccer fans, who clearly know there’s no way Mourinho deserves the best coach of the year award? In other years? Sure. With Inter, with Chelsea, with Porto. He might be the best in the world, a soccer genius.
But not last year. Last year, as all of the last three were, belonged to Barcelona, Lionel Messi, and Pep Guardiola.