One of the most eventful eras in Real Madrid’s history was the three years Jose Mourinho spent there in the early 2010s.
A record-breaking team led by The Special One planted the seeds for some of the greatest individual football careers of the decade.
Speaking to Corriere dello Sport, Mourinho reminisced about his time with the Los Blancos, expressing his love for Madrid and discussing Carlo Ancelotti’s tenure.
A Madridista through and through
From 2010 to 2013, Mourinho spent three seasons at Santiago Bernabeu and won three trophies: the Liga title, the Copa del Rey, and the Spanish Supercup.
Despite his relatively short tenure, he did not ignore the opportunity to show his loyalty toward the Royal Whites.
“I am a Madridista, I always will be. On the streets, the Madridistas always treat me well,” the Portuguese tactician and the current AS Roma manager said.
In typical Mourinho fashion, the coach also spoke about his achievements in the Spanish capital.
Mourinho stated, “The team I worked in the least tactically was Real Madrid. The result was 100 points, 34 wins, 2 draws, 2 losses, 121 goals scored, and more than 88 goals difference. I was working on discipline and game principles.”
Mourinho’s Real Madrid time consisted of icons like Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos, Mesut Ozil, Xabi Alonso, Marcelo, and Karim Benzema, among several others.
Known for his admiration for the intangibles of the sport, his ideologies undeniably coincided with Madrid’s philosophy.
Appreciation for Ancelotti
Ancelotti, archetypal to Mourinho’s ideals in some senses, has also enjoyed success at Madrid, with ten trophies to his name while in charge of the Merengues.
Mourinho rhapsodized about his peer and wished to see him continue plying his trade in Madrid, amid the Italian’s links to the Brazil national team.
“I hope, as an Ancelotti fan and Madridista, that Carlo will stay in Madrid for the long term.” the Portuguese said.
Drawing similarities with the Italian coach, he shed light on the ever-changing landscapes in the football sphere and how taking risks entices people into making pre-mature assumptions.
“Me at Roma is like Ancelotti at Napoli, when we accept a small risk, people think ‘it’s over’. From there, Carlo went to Real Madrid and won everything there was to win,” Mourinho expressed.
Real Madrid very happy with future star Endrick, eagerly awaiting his arrival in 2024 – Romano
Real Madrid’s attacking unit has been crippled by the loss of Karim Benzema earlier in the summer, which was followed by the loss of Vinicius Jr due to injury.
Although Vinicius has returned, there is much left to be desired from the Madrid frontline as we progress through to the season.
Real Madrid, though, are waiting on the arrival of Endrick. The young Brazilian is set to join the Real Madrid squad in the summer of 2024 when he turns 18.
Real Madrid impressed by Endrick
Endrick has already started his preparation for his pending move to Santiago Bernabeu, having performed exceptionally well in his native Brazil this year.
The youngster is constantly working on his game, in order to further improve himself as an attacker. It has left Real Madrid quite happy and eager for his arrival, reports Fabrizio Romano.
The journalist claims that Real Madrid have been keeping close tabs on everything Endrick has been doing, on and off the pitch, at Palmeiras.
And they have received very good reports on the 17-year-old, with the club impressed by how he is putting efforts to improve himself both performance-wise and in other facets.
Despite there being some question marks over his performances, the teenage forward is starting to showcase his potential, having scored five goals in five starts for Palmeiras.
Endrick also learning new languages
Endrick is not only just working on his performance. In fact, the Brazilian is also learning other languages in order to quickly settle into life in Spain.
The youngster can speak Portuguese, but he may have to master Spanish during his time at Santiago Bernabeu.
As mentioned earlier, Endrick can already speak Portuguese, which should go a long way in helping him team up with fellow Brazilians Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo.
Even Eder Militao can speak Portuguese, which should make it easier for Endrick to adapt to life in Spain, at least for the next year or so.