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Mourinho's 10 commandments
by Paul Kennedy, December 8th, 2011 10:23PM

TAGS:  barcelona, real madrid, spain


[REAL MADRID-BARCELONA] What will it take for Real Madrid to beat Barcelona in their much-awaited Clasico on Saturday at the Bernabeu Stadium (TV: Gol TV, ESPN3, 4 p.m. ET)? Real has beaten Barca just once in seven games since Coach Jose Mourinho took charge last year, but, according to the pro-Real Madrid sports daily Marca, Mourinho gave his players a list of 10 secrets to success ...

Mourinho's 10 commandments
1. Don't give up a goal. Or at least not in the first half.

2. Let the fans make the Bernabeu Stadium hell for Barca.

3. Don't worry about the referee. But be careful about picking up cards.

4. Take advantage of Real's aerial superiority.

5. Don't lose sight of the ball for an instant.

6. Shut down the space Barca players have and pass on the marking.

7. Intensity, Pressure, Verticality and lots of rhythm.

8. Work hard to tire out Barca.

9. Concentration and coordination of movements.

10. Believe in yourself. Don't be anxious.

  1. Efrahim Fernandez
    commented on: December 9, 2011 at 8:07 a.m.
    Real will beat Barca.. This year they are strong, faster and all around better.
  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: December 9, 2011 at 10:23 a.m.
    Love #8, 'work hard to tire out Barca'...makes sense if RM controls 60+% of possession, which it has never done in the last couple of years. The only solid point made by the 'special one' is #4, RM aerial superiority, most other points are typical areas of execusion in order to win.
  1. Amos Annan
    commented on: December 9, 2011 at 11:36 a.m.
    I prefer the Real Madrid style and the play of Christiano
  1. Mike Maurer
    commented on: December 10, 2011 at 4:56 a.m.
    Seems like common sense to me. Mourhino is a great disservice to the game. Buy the best, most expensive players in the world and set them out to play defense. That is a very pesimistic strategy. The only chance he has is that he hopes Barca miss thier chances and that the one or two that they have on the counter go in......And Barca with Pep as Coach have never had less than 50% possesion in any match.
  1. Karl Ortmertl
    commented on: December 10, 2011 at 12:18 p.m.
    Mourinho's strategy will evolve over time. I personally believe he is a soccer savant. Someone who sees the game much better than the rest of us. To me, he's the soccer equivalent of a Bobby Fischer, only with a bit more personality. I believe that Mourinho will eventually turn the tables on Barcelona and be the aggressor. So far, to me, Mourinho has been feeling out Barca like a great prize fighter feels out his opponent in the early rounds of a fight. Once he's determined his opponent's weaknesses and how he will exploit them, he'll move in. A couple of things - Mourinho has a tremendous ability to impart how to execute his strategy to his players. And, once he devastates Barca, he will quit. It would be interesting to see him stick around after he ultimately defeats Barca, to see how he adjusts to their adjustments, but he never does.
  1. vincente Delboski
    commented on: December 10, 2011 at 4:34 p.m.
    This is the man on his own.
  1. Kenneth Barr
    commented on: December 30, 2011 at 5:07 a.m.
    This may be 20-20 hindsight but I don't think the SO obeyed his own 10th Commandment.

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