Jose Mourinho’s time at Real Madrid may be drawing to a close, and it seems to be coming to a suitably messy conclusion should that be the case. Atletico Madrid conquered their city rivals 2-1 in the Copa del Ray final. For it to be done in their own back yard will be nothing short of unforgivable for those attending the Bernabeu, and the Special One’s stock will have fallen ever further. His sending-off paints the picture of a man on the brink.
For such a bad-tempered match, it is perhaps inevitable that both sides ended with ten men. Ronaldo saw red for appearing to flick a boot at Gabi’s face. Ronnie’s red was one of frustration and desperation; Gabi’s was one of conservatism, as he encroached at a free-kick, earning himself a second yellow card as he undoubtedly tried to waste a few seconds.
With two games to go in the La Liga, and the title already heading to Barcelona, even if Mourinho wants to stay at Real Madrid he may find that decision taken out of his hands after a barren trophy-less season. He is not used to such a lack of success, although it is no disgrace coming second to Barcelona. However, what will concern fans and the board is that the points gap between third and second is smaller than the gap between second and first. Also, should Mourinho depart, what star names will follow him?
It is a tricky time of transition for Real, and they can hope that Barcelona continue their perceived decline next season or they risk being left behind once again. As you will see from this video, Mourinho’s own frustrations are beginning to boil over.