Jose Mourinho has an interesting legacy at Real Madrid. Yes, his spell at Santiago Bernabeu might have ended in tears and left a bitter taste in the mouths of many supporters. But at the same time, nobody can deny what the Portuguese manager brought to the club during his three years in the Spanish capital.
When Mourinho arrived at Real Madrid, Barcelona were very much the dominant team in Spanish football. Los Blancos would go on to win La Liga in record fashion just a couple of years later though.
The entertainment factor is something that cannot be overlooked either. El Clasico became the centre of the footballing world during those years. Yes, the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were in the spotlight and rightfully so. But Mourinho’s rivalry with Pep Guardiola was a major attraction as well.
On top of that, players like Luka Modric, Casemiro, Raphael Varane, Angel Di Maria and more arrived at the club during Mourinho’s spell as manager. The Portuguese tactician might not have won Real Madrid the Champions League. But the foundations for their future successes in the competition were laid back then.
Real Madrid fans will be happy with Mourinho’s comments
"“I have always been a Madridista and always will be.”"
Mourinho might not have left the club under the greatest of circumstances. But over the years, it has felt like the fans’ stance on the manager has certainly softened and his time at the club is remembered fondly these days.
Mourinho has enjoyed a career resurgence at AS Roma in recent years. And it would not be a surprise if he finds himself back in a top European job in the near future.