July 20, 2010
Los Blancos made another big summer splash in the transfer market again, however, this time it was not another play-maker making his way to the Bernabeu but a brash, successful coach. Moments after winning the UEFA Champions League on Real Madrid’s home soil, it became apparent that the Portuguese manager would take the reigns at the capital city club come the summer. Treble winning Inter Milan were suddenly without a coach and one can only wonder what Manuel Pellegrini, who lead Madrid to the second most points in La Liga history (unfortunately it was three points behind Barcelona), was thinking in the aftermath of the impetuous insinuation during the Champions League post-game press conference. Weeks later Pellegrini was sacked and “The Special One” hired for the Spanish giants. Ending Madrid’s recent European futility at the top of his list, Mourinho will take the helm of a talented Madrid squad looking up at an impressive, experienced Barcelona side.