Kick off is 24 hours away, and things are getting ugly. Marcotti tweeted this a few moments ago, par exemple:
Wow. AS – actually @AS_Relano – compares Mourinho to Schettino, the captain of the Concordia cruiser who abandoned ship. Gloves off.
— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) January 24, 2012
And Mourinho seems to be (understandably) sandbagging the press. Sid Lowe:
On Wednesday night Real Madrid face Barcelona in the Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg at Camp Nou trailing 2-1 from the first match and the pressure builds on the Portuguese coach. Asked if he was happy at the Santiago Bernabéu, during his edgy, tense pre-match press conference, Mourinho merely shrugged and muttered: “Uh-huh”.
I don’t mean to be all Andrew Sullivan protecting Obama here, but Mourinho’s Madrid is five points clear of Barcelona in the league. Mourinho sure wouldn’t let the press corps forget that either. In response to what it will take for the Spanish press to warm up to him, he responded “Maybe have a point more advantage over Barcelona?”
Children please: this is the league cup for crying out loud. Did Real collectively forget Mourinho’s two successors were Manuel Pelligrini and Juande Ramos? And fans really think Sergio Ramos and Pepe will somehow magically become better than Pique and Busquets if Jose leaves? Or the players will play a streamlined possession-based football with another manager? Who? Are they really dumb enough to think Pep built Barcelona in a day?
Mourinho should resign. Spain doesn’t deserve him.