But first let’s say a few words about “The Special One”
José Mário dos Santos Félix Mourinho; born 26 January 1963 in Setúbal is a Portuguese football manager and the current manager of Real Madrid. He is commonly known as "The Special One”. Mourinho is regarded by some players, coaches, and critics as one of the best ever coaches in football.
Mourinho started out as a player but he was unable to forge a meaningful career in the game and eventually switched to management. After spells working as an assistant manager and a youth team coach in the early 1990s, he became an interpreter for Sir Bobby Robson. There he worked with him at Sporting Clube de Portugal and Porto in Portugal, before following him to Spanish club Barcelona. He remained in the Catalonian club after Robson's departure and worked with the successor, Louis van Gaal.
He began focusing on coaching and impressed with brief but successful managerial periods at Benfica and União de Leiria
Ernst Happel and Ottmar Hitzfeld. Due to these achievements he won the first ever FIFA Ballon d'Or Best Coach Award in 2010.
Now on to the tactics:
We packed all four tactics into one single file, all you have to do is download it and insert it in your game.
First stop Porto:
Mourinho's big break came when he took over Porto in January 2002. In his two and a half years at the club, he won 2 Primeira Ligas, a Taça de Portugal, a UEFA Cup and a UEFA Champions League. Tactically, this was the most simple of the Portuguese managers sides, but the key to the philosophy here was the ability to act as a unit. The defensive line played high up the pitch, often springing the offside trap. The central midfield three worked as a solid unit, all tracking back to defend where necessary. Deco was the playmaker, and the most important attacking player, making the links between the midfield and strike force (which Mourinho rotated depending on the opposition). This side has been painted as extremely defensive, when in fact it was just a side that worked as a unit to upset the best teams in Europe, well-drilled in adapting to whatever situation arose.
Chelsea our second stop:
The next step for the special one was a trip to London to manager Chelsea where, funded by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, he managed to win two Premier League titles, two League Cups & one FA Cup in just over three years at the club. It was here that he started to gain a reputation as a defensive orientated manager, although at times his counter attacking football was the envy of the rest of England. The defensive line was much deeper than at Porto, although the full-backs were still given licence to roam up the pitch as Cole/Wright-Phillips & Robben/Duff cut inside swapping between on the wings to draw opposing full backs. The central midfield contained the famous midfield V, with Makelele playing the role named after himself and Essien another defensive option to give Lampard licence to roam forward and swap Drogba up front. As a whole this Chelsea team had a more one-dimensional playing style, although it was this philosophy that saw them only lose 1 game in the League during the 2004/05 season, dropping only 2 points at home the following season.
Next is Inter:
Mourinho used almost the same tactic as the one with Porto. Mourinho used pace striker Eto'o and the towering strong Millito as his main striking force. But do you remember the game in semi-final's of Champions League when to surprise to us all, he set Eto'o, his main striker as a right wing back, just so that he can stop Messi on that side. These are just some of the things that make Mourinho "The Special One". His main playmaker was Wesley Snider, man who had all the control of the ball, and same as Deco at Porto he had all the creativity to his disposal. Next is the strong midfield line with Motta, Cambiaso and Stankovic. And lastly the deffence that had one world class right wing back Maicon, commanding central back Samuel, strong central back Lucio and at left Zanetti. Not to mention Julio Cesar between the posts, world class goalkeeper. Mourinho won everything there is with this tactic from Seria A, Italian Cup, Italian Super Cup and Champions League.
Mourinho's latest triumph has been at Real using the 4-2-3-1 formation, which to an extent is just an update od the 4-3-3 (although there are some important distinctions). While the defensive layout remains much the same, the midfield & strike force receives a large revamp. While the more defensive central midfielder moves back into a defensive midfield slot, the attacking players (Ozil & Sneijder) play an almost trequartista-esque role in attacking midfield. The wingers are inverted, so as to favour shooting ahead of crossing, with the Didier Drogba target man replaced by Diego Milito's finishing prowess. There is also the distinction in terms of a change in defensive style: While the team presses much harder, they are easier on tackling, allowing the opposition to hold the ball in their own half without too much pressure.
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