Thursday, May 26, 2011

Mourinho's Empire Consolidated

With Valdano out in Real Madrid and the Special One in control of everything from player selection to the tunes low-level staff may whistle on their way to the bathroom, now seems a good time to remember that much-maligned Manuel Pellegrini's Real, despite the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo for several weeks, outperformed Mourinho's in La Liga in 2009-10.

Here's to a sweep of the Clasicos for Barça and an early exit from the Champions League for Real in 2011. Plus, another embarrassing meltdown or six.

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