Friday 17 November 2017

Henry Winter: Premier League has missed Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho's wow factor

So that’s what the large clock in Trafalgar Square is doing: it’s counting down to Jose Mourinho’s return. July 27 sounds about right: quick bit of pre-season training, release a few players to the Olympics, organise and motivate the rest and resume the hunt for the Premier League. He’s coming home. Jose’s coming home

Excited chatter about Mourinho considering his future at Real Madrid makes a welcome development, although hardly the greatest of revelations. Mourinho’s a mover and shaker-upper.

He stirred Inter Milan into trophy-winning life but never settled. He never seems comfortable in the court of Castile, his personality and tactics against Barcelona at odds with traditional Madrid sensitivities. The English circus is far more suited to a ringmaster like Mourinho.

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