REAL MADRID need an answer, but Jose Mourinho is not it.
That’s the verdict of ESPN pundit Alejandro Moreno, who doesn’t think Mourinho is the same guy from his early days at Porto and Chelsea.
Real boss Santiago Solari is highly unlikely to remain in the post beyond the end of the season after crashing out of the Champions League at home to Ajax on Tuesday night.
After picking up a 2-1 win at the Johan Cruijff Arena in the first leg, the Dutch side thrashed Los Blancos 4-1 at the Bernabeu to end their recent stranglehold on the competition.
Back-to-back defeats at home to arch-rivals Barcelona prior to their European exit plunged Solari’s future into doubt, but now it is difficult to envisage him remaining in the hot-seat next season.
“Let’s not forget what the latter days, the last days of Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid looked like”
Some Real fans are calling for Mourinho to make a shock return to Madrid, while several reports suggest president Florentino Perez wants the Portuguese back, yet Moreno doesn’t understand why that is the case.
“Let’s not forget what the latter days, the last days of Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid looked like,” he told ESPN FC.
“A lot like the last days at Chelsea, a lot like the last days at Manchester United, where he’s fighting with everybody around him, where there’s malcontent in the locker room, where it feels like the club is going in no direction but a tailspin.
“Why do you want that in your life?
“This Jose Mourinho, today’s Jose Mourinho, is not the Jose Mourinho from Porto and early days at Chelsea. There is some lustre that he has lost.
“It’s not the same sort of guy we’re talking about and he hasn’t had the same amount of success.
“Lately there’s been more questions about his management and what he has produced on the field than there was ever before. Unless he becomes that guy again, I wouldn’t touch him.
“So therefore, if I’m Real Madrid I’m finding my answer somewhere else. They need an answer, but I don’t think he’s it.”
It has been a disastrous week for Real, who are now out of all cup competitions while trailing Barca by 12 points in La Liga.
But Solari insists he doesn’t intend to quit.
“I did not come to the club in such a difficult moment to give up,” he said.
“What we must do is remain as calm as possible in such a difficult moment and take it on with the best character.
“Madrid is bigger than any of us – it always returns – and returns even stronger.”