The match tonight between two giants of world football, Real Madrid and Manchester United, has been billed as the game the world is waiting for, among other things. For the players, coaches and everyone involved with the clubs, there is massive importance on this first leg at the Bernabeu.
For Jose Mourinho, however, it holds an extra incentive. The Portuguese manager has spoken before about how he enjoyed his time in charge of Chelsea and how he would like to return one day. He has spoken about it again in the build up to this Champions league double header, and has hinted that he would consider moving back to the Premier league in England sooner rather than later.
“After Real Madrid, I’d like to manage in England.
“You will see when that will be.
“Normally it will be my next step.”
Former United players have told the media this week that Jose will not be replacing Ferguson when the 71-year old Scot finally retires, and the special one has said the same, suggesting that he expects Ferguson to carry on for years, but that is unlikely. The United manager is likely to have a large part to play in who becomes his successor, and he has great respect for Mourinho.
If the Real Madrid coach can knock United out, and go on to become the first coach ever to win three European cups with different clubs, his stock will be sky high and he could be sought by Manchester City and Chelsea, whereas if Madrid lose, his reputation will be tarnished and he may find it harder to get a job at a top English club.
It seems as if he will be leaving Madrid at the end of the season whether he wins or not, but for his own sake he is desperate for some success this year. If he can do it, then Real Madrid fans will always have some respect for him, even though he is not exactly popular.