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Jose Mourinho war with media is deliberate strategy, says Guillem Balague

Real Sociedad - Guillem Balague Posted 6th May 2013 view comments

Jose Mourinho will make everybody in England believe that he is hated in Spain. It is, though, a consequence of his strategy.

He has been going to war with the media from the beginning. He stopped them travelling on the plane that used to go to games so they have to stay an extra night after matches or get flights at odd times instead of coming back with the team.

Mourinho: accused of 'child-like' behaviour in press conferences

Mourinho: accused of 'child-like' behaviour in press conferences

He closed down the training ground and didn't allow the players to talk to the press as much. He basically went to war with the media because that's what he's done everywhere. He did that in England, in Italy and even in Portugal and of course there are people who dislike that sort of approach.

Also, there is a general conclusion that Mourinho has been a lot of noise without much product. For one league title and perhaps two cups there has been too much controversy and too much tension between the two sides.

There must be something behind his child-like behaviour in press conferences and there are different points of view on this. Some say he's trying to force Real Madrid to sack him and that's why he said that in the last 10 to 20 years Barcelona has been a better team than Real Madrid and things like that. Other coaches have been sacked for less than that.

The problem is Real Madrid don't want to sack him because they would have to pay 10 million euros of his buy-out clause. The agreement at the moment is that if he goes then whoever gets him may have to pay 10 million euros. All of that will be negotiated and it means that Mourinho will stay until the end of the season.

The most interesting twist in the last week is that Pepe had a go at his own manager. There is a civil war whereby the technical staff are on one side and the players are on another; the players don't understand Mourinho and his methods any more.

There was a fantastic front page on my newspaper AS that said 'Mourinho I: The Semi-Finalist' because he was showing off that he had managed to get to three semi-finals in three years - but he was bought to get the 10th European Cup!

Players looked at that cover and enjoyed it because things have broken down for good. We'll discuss all of this further on Revista de La Liga on Tuesday night.

Guillem answers your questions...

Got a question for Guillem? Then send it toskysportsclub@bskyb.com or use the feedback form below, and then look out for his answer next week.

IS RON GONE?
Hi Guillem, I have read in papers that Man Utd are planning to move in for Ronaldo if and when Madrid decides to sell him. What is the likelihood of this happening? Also, are Madrid trying to sign Bale to replace Ronaldo? Thanks. Novin Singh

GUILLEM REPLIES: Let's make this clear once again. Real Madrid have no intention whatsoever of getting rid of Ronaldo this summer. But then again, if they don't renew his contract he would only have two years left so it would be an interesting proposition. They say 100% that he is not leaving this summer.

THE CALLEJON CONUNDRUM
What has happened to Jose Callejon during this season? Last season he hit double figures with crucial goals, and this season his has disappeared into the background, sort of like Kaka last season. I know Real Madrid's forwards bar Ronaldo haven't been performing, but he isn't even getting playing time. Surely he would have been an ideal man to bring on in Dortmund 2 weeks ago, as he is a fighter? Thanks Elliot Berry

GUILLEM REPLIES: This is one of those situations at Real Madrid that nobody understands. Callejon could have been given more time at the start of the season, but has not been given the chance by Mourinho. Some say that he has been getting away from Mourinho and instead of being one of his warriors has been getting close to the Spanish contingent there, which has worked against him.

REAL RETURNS
Hey Guillem, I was wondering what are the chances of Madrid's cantera products coming back to play in first team next season? I am referring to players like Daniel Carvajal (right back of the season in the Bundesliga) and Javi Garcia of Manchester City. Seeing as how Mourinho may leave, Michael Essien may leave with him, and the Chelsea-loaned player has been used as a back-up for both right back and defensive midfield roles this season, Carvajal seems like a no-brainer, and Javi Garcia hasn't seen many minutes this past season with City. Could we see a more Spanish Madrid next season? Javier Pineda

GUILLEM REPLIES: The idea is to bring Carvajal back next season. He is considered to have been one of the best right-backs of the season in the Bundesliga, as you say, and they want him back.

WHO WILL BARCA BUY?
Hi Guillem. In the wake of their recent defeat by Bayern, are there any plans for Barca to strengthen their squad? I believe athletic, powerful and skilful players like Gareth Bale and Matts Hummels would be ideal additions, giving the team a more physical presence, and in Bale's case, an athletic player who should be well suited to bringing back the pressing game. What do you think? Ben Seymour, Barcelona fan.

GUILLEM REPLIES: There's two ways of looking at this. The board would like a bigger revolution in the squad with big names going, but Tito Vilanova and Andoni Zubizarreta, the director of football, would prefer a more conservative approach so there will only be two or three signings if they get their way. That of course includes a new striker because David Villa will probably be sold; a centre-back (they prefer Thiago Silva to Mats Hummels); and perhaps a physical midfielder. Gareth Bale is not in the equation because Barcelona are trying to convince Neymar to come this summer.

BIG-TIME BOSSES?
Hi Guillem, What will managers like Quique Sánchez Flores or Unai Emery need to do to become potential candidates for future vacancies at Real, Barca and the Spanish national team? Peter Nicolaides

GUILLEM REPLIES: Quique Sánchez Flores is out of the equation now because he's gone to Dubai and prefers to continue his career there, which is perhaps a sign that he thinks his time has passed. Unai Emery perhaps lacks the personality of a former player or the international name which sometimes is what is needed to get to Real Madrid and Barcelona nowadays want somebody who understands very closely what the club is all about. The national team, though, could be a possibility for both of them at some point.

HOW WILL PEP TALK?
How will Guardiola communicate with Bayern players and with the media? I've only seen Robben and Boateng making interviews in English, so they do speak English well, but majority of the team doesn't. Hispanic players speak Spanish, but they don't have that many of them in the squad. So is he going to learn German or will he have an interpreter? Will he have an assistant who speaks German and also either English or Spanish? Peter Halasa

GUILLEM REPLIES: He has been learning German since the summer and plans to do his press conferences in German. He also plans to talk to the players in German.

WILL SOCIEDAD SELL?
Hello Guillem. It looks increasingly likely that Socieded will be playing Champions League football next season. If they do, what are the chances of Inigo Martinez, Carlos Vela etc staying at the club or are they likely to be poached by bigger clubs? Also is it true that Guardiola wants to bring Inigo Martinez to Bayern next season? Thanks, Abdirashid Osman

GUILLEM REPLIES: Inigo Martinez is wanted by both Barcelona and Real Madrid, but Real Sociedad say they are not selling anybody. Financially the club seem to be ok and they want to keep hold of everybody to play in the Champions League. Also, Carlos Vela does not want to go back to Arsenal. He didn't enjoy London as a city, it wasn't so much the club, and he hopes that Arsenal don't buy him back, even though they have an option to do so for about five million euros, I believe.

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Samuel Parlachi (Arsenal fan) says...

Hi Guillem. What does the future hold for Roberto Soldado? I was looking at his record - 137 games for Valencia (113 starts) 77 goals - and was quite amazed that he isn't linked with many clubs. As an Arsenal fan, I feel he'd be perfect for us next season. His buy-out clause I've read is £29m, but realistically, how much would he cost? Thanks.

Posted 09:25 7th May 2013

George Sanchez (Manchester United fan) says...

Is Mourinho maybe tired of dealing with the media or actions of the players? I'm just saying he has help Madrid get some decent silverware and defeating barca several times...also is Manchester United planning on buying a perfect defensive midfielder?..because they just buy strikers

Posted 07:32 7th May 2013

Dan Mwachura (Chelsea fan) says...

mourinho should come back to chelsea and come along with luka modric to fill the void in the midfield.

Posted 06:51 7th May 2013

Ishy (Barcelona fan) says...

Hi gulliem I been watching n enjoying ravista since 2005 and you guys are doing a great job giving insight on spanish football I have asked a question before so if you could answer I would be greatfull... As a life long barca fan only question I have is barca rumours keep coming up saying we buying neymar n hummels n etc but how much true is in those rumours and do barca have enough money to actually buy them I know they won't be cheap! Also so happy to see mourinho go I don't respect a man who has his head up his backside and can't recognise the acheivments of great del basque also don't you think he diverted all the attention from madrids elimination away n drawn the whole world to himself. And how can people call our season a faliure we won the title(important 1) and we defied cancer not one but twice! Gracias senior visca el barca

Posted 22:01 6th May 2013

Ad S (Manchester United fan) says...

besides this fiasco. the media is hyped on changes. probably because that is what everyone is demanding after the anger of big semi final losses. i think it would be over reacting especially at barca, who have such an entrenched ideology pervading their dressing room that any new signing will make it worse before they make it better. look at all the new signings and how they have impacted the style, efficiency and the overall mood of the team. alot of the younger players that have come in seem to like a joke and play up for the cameras, including pique and fabregas, so i think they have alot more to work on internally before they go buying and selling. plus working on players that have been there for 2-3 years already will surely be better than starting at 0 with 3-4 new players coming into to replace them. madrid are getting a new manager and system so they can do what they want. buy buy buy. your thoughts?

Posted 20:08 6th May 2013

Hamza Shahid (Manchester United fan) says...

HI Guillem, I was just wondering whether you think gareth bale will have a future with Madrid? He seems like the type of player Madrid seem to buy.

Posted 19:41 6th May 2013

Kiko Callier (Manchester City fan) says...

Dear Guillem, Love your column, you make many valid points in specific in regards to Mourinho. I think not having the media around creates a better teaching atmosphere and unites the team into one opinion and work ethic. The media so frequently distorts commentaries made by players, that any misquote could turn into controversy. DO you positively believe his time in Madrid is done?

Posted 16:16 6th May 2013

Victor Nogueira (Arsenal fan) says...

Hello, there have been a lot of talk about the money Arsene Wenger will have in the summer to buy new players. Since spanish players have been a sucess at Arsenal, If he really have that kind of money, what spanish players do you think he should buy?

Posted 16:12 6th May 2013

Stephen Kanasha (Barcelona fan) says...

Barca coach, has a very big task to work on in is team. Otherwise its performance wil continue going down, the defence of the team is just to pathetic,hence they is need to buy players like david luis of chelsea and sagna of arsenal, buy gareth bale on any other striker or attacking mid fielders because they fail to perform well due to players like javi and inesta those guys who are stuck to only one system of playing,a good exaple is fabregas,alexis and danny elvis.

Posted 15:38 6th May 2013

Paul Linton (Manchester United fan) says...

Hi Guillem, I was wondering have you heard any more about falcao and man utd?

Posted 14:33 6th May 2013

Al Beech (Liverpool fan) says...

I wouldn't like to see Mourinho back at Chelsea. I can see why the fans would love him back as he revolutionised them into a European force and is a very successful and charismatic manager but, honestly, I think he's worth more than a 'comforting' step back. PSG would be a great move to redeem himself and manage a better calibre of team and a more unified club in general - Why would anyone choose to work for someone like Abramovich? He's the reason (to my understanding) why Jose left in the first place and now he wants to 'use' Jose again. Chelsea are not a respectable club and while the fans keep singing "Champions of Europe", bragging about a cup they didn't deserve to win, they'll continue to be an embarrassment to good football and a great demonstration of a cut-throat business. Even as a Liverpool fan I'd go to PSG and wait for Alex Ferguson's call to take over a real stable, quality football club.

Posted 13:43 6th May 2013

Keith M (Manchester United fan) says...

Hello Guillem. Is it true that Barcelona are willing to sell Cesc Fabregas, to fund their transfer targets? If they are what clubs are looking at him? He was great at Arsenal but I doubt they could buy him back with their strict transfer policy. Although he is loyal to Arsenal money talks! So could you see a move for him to United?

Posted 13:23 6th May 2013

Richard Cajero (Real Madrid fan) says...

Who will Madrid buy this season ?

Posted 12:50 6th May 2013

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