The Portuguese coach will leave Real Madrid after “the worst season” of his career, having won the Supercopa of Spain against Barcelona, but without any of the three major titles this season-La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League-, reaching a balance of only three titles of a possible eleven in his time on Los Blancos white bench. His tenure at the Bernabeu started with the clear objective of dethroning Barcelona.
After a bad season with Pellegrini, Madrid fans put their trust in Mourinho, who had just lifted the Champions League with Inter Milan. But the first meeting between the two could not have had a worse outcome as Barcelona trounced Madrid 5-0 in a loss that left an even worse image than the result indicated.
That defeat dealt a major blow to the new regime led by Mourinho. But despite being outclassed by Barca in La Liga, Real Madrid got the Cup win after 18 years of drought in the competition, precisely against the Catalans in the final. However, two weeks later Barca doubled up Madrid in the semifinals of the Champions League, defeating the main objective of the Portuguese coach.
After a bittersweet first season, a second season came in which he had to produce results, with the foundations already laid. After losing in the Super Cup, a minor title under Setubal, league play was soon underway, even though he had to begin after his visit to Camp Nou. In the end, Mourinho’s Madrid team would be called “The League of Records”, after totaling a record 100 points. However, Mourinho saw his Champions League journey end in the semifinals, this time against Bayern Munich. Barcelona crossed his path in the Copa del Rey quarter-final, easily eliminating them. Two titles were the result of his first two years, but the goals of removing Barcelona’s supremacy and winning the Champions League hadn’t been accomplished, and the resignation of Guardiola as coach would score it as an achievement. In return, Mourinho would have a third chance.
The 2012-13 season began with optimism after achieving, this time, a Supercopa win against Tito Vilanova’s “new” Barcelona. But a shaky start in league left him with little chance to win the league, so the Champions League and the Copa del Rey became his focus. In the national tournament made it to the final, but saw Atletico Madrid snatched it with a victory they had gone 14 years without achieving. Furthermore, in the continental competition, for the third time, he was eliminated in the semifinals by Borussia Dortmund. Hence,” The Special One”, the coach who came with two Champions trophies behind him, who came to save Real Madrid and put them over Barcelona, leaves the “White House” through the back door, with only three titles in three years, none of them Champions League, blowing up the Bernabeu with his latest statements and thirteen points behind Barcelona in the standings, the team he came to topple. Little legacy given the magnitude of such a famous coach.