Club Focus – Real Madrid – Perez hails “Madridismo” Mourinho as focus shifts towards Lyon

Real Madrid made light work of dismissing La Liga minnows Hercules on Saturday night as club President Florentino Perez hailed current Coach Jose Mourinho as a true “Madridismo”. Perez addressed honorary Madrid members at the clubs inaugural Insignia presentation in which the 64-year-old paid tribute to the capital team’s 109 year history, but more interestingly to the Portuguese himself.

Even though Mourinho has only been at the Santiago Bernabeu helm since May 2010, it is unusual for a Coach to be individually recognised particularly as the ex-Chelsea man has yet to make a distinguished mark on Madrid’s wondrous history. Nevertheless, Perez, the man who started the infamous ‘Galactico’ culture back in 2002 seems to have lost that ruthless touch shown to previous managerial incumbents. He said: “For many years, this institution has showcased what we’ve come to define as ‘class’. Class is earned by acknowledging the merits of our opponents, but also by defending what we believe is just. Class is also earned by denouncing irregular behaviour both on or off the pitch. “It is also an example of true Madridismo to defend Real Madrid from what we believe to be unjust, irregular or arbitrary. And that is exactly what our coach, Jose Mourinho, does. What Jose Mourinho says is also an example of Madridismo.”

Such faith could be seen as a last resort by Perez to employ confidence in a Coach, in which he sees as the only man to marshal a Madrid charge back to the upper echelons of world football again. In what is Perez’ third term as Club President, the Spanish businessman is no doubt anxious to see a return on his and Madrid’s lavish spending in past seasons in the hope to break Barcelona’ monopoly. An in-form Mourinho onside is integral to this.

To date, it is hard to criticize Mourinho’ record in the Madrid hot seat. Los Blancos are indeed starting to gel as a prominent force and perhaps the Portuguese is nearing a precise plan to topple Pep Guardiola’ remarkable achievements. This weekend’s home triumph over Hercules will not win any accolades for entertainment value, but the Bernabeu crowd now seem more content than previous years to contend with substance over style. Two Karim Benzema strikes against the relegation battlers, which incidentally were the Frenchman’s third brace in succession, sewed up a comfortable win.

Real Madrid attention now turns in earnest to Wednesday’s critical Champions League second leg home tie against Lyon and Mourinho called on the Bernabeu crowd to act as a “twelve man”.He said: “Every game you fail to win is a harsh blow, but you obviously can’t win all the time and you must be eliminated from the Champions League at some point. “I think we will play a difficult game against a difficult opponent. The key to me will be playing with a twelfth player. It would be much easier. If the Bernabeu responds we will have won much in advance and we will also be stronger.”

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