August 31, 2010
The 2010-2011 campaign got off to a very tumultuous start for Madrid on Sunday night in Mallorca. Mourinho quickly hailed the team's defensive structure, which, in fairness, looks to be the most improved unit on the pitch, but he was quick to rue the opportunities squandered through poor finishing.
It is the beginning of a long season, and Mourinho emphasized the fact that his squad is still developing; however, Madrid faithful know that time is off the essence as slipping too far behind holders Barcelona could prove fateful. Two-time defending champions, the Catalunian club lost only one match last season. Madrid's La Liga fate will not be decided in the coming weeks, but the theme of campaign must be earning results while still coming together as a team.
August 24, 2010
Despite a franchise record 96 league points, last season was one filled with disappointment and underachievement. An early exit in the Copa del Rey to 3rd division minnow Alcorcon set a foreboding tone for the season to follow. A round-of-16 Champions League exit at the hands of Lyon ended European hopes, while Barcelona’s double over Los Merengues allowed the Catalan club to outlast the capital side by three points in domestic competition. Manuel Pellegrini’s magic from Villarreal did not translate to the Bernabeu as Florentino Perez’s new Galacticos failed to raise any trophies. That was last year but, starting Sunday at Mallorca, a new prospect of glory now lies in front of Real Madrid.
August 18, 2010
Overshadowed by Manchester City’s lavish summer spending, Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid have not been, by any means, quiet throughout this transfer window.
Attempting to bring trophies to the Bernabeu for the first time since 2008 (suffice it to say that most other clubs would not be declaring a state of emergency after a two season drought; however, most club’s don’t spend the extravagant figures Madrid does), the Portuguese manager has bolstered his squad with old veterans and World Cup standouts.
With just under a fortnight remaining in the summer window, rumours are still being thrown around the Spanish capital as to who else will be wearing the famed white shirt this campaign; though, like always, it won’t matter how many new stars grace the Bernabeu if the “Special One” can’t transform them from individual stars into a team.