Real Fans Still Split On The Special One
28 November 2012
It was left to Real Madrid’s ‘Ultra’ fans to defend Jose Mourinho last night, when the polemical manager was jeered by a portion of the Bernabeu crowd.
The shouting match between the two strands of Real supporters took place as Los Blancos cruised into the next round of the Copa del Rey against minnows Alcoyano.
But the comfortable win was not enough to assuage the ill feelings of many Real fans, who have still not warmed to The Special One, despite the fact that he led their team to La Liga glory last season.
Real’s run of patchy results this time around has emboldened Mou’s detractors to express their dissatisfaction with his perceived spiky attitude.
When the Ultras broke into a chant of Mourinho’s name, they were drowned out by whistles and boos.
Later during the game, the Ultras chanted in defence of Mou, singing: “Antimadridistas” and “Mourinho, only you defend the team”.
But they were again met with derision by a section of the crowd, suggesting all is not well in the court of the Spanish champions.
After the match, it was no surprise that Mourinho opted not to meet the press, who were licking their lips at the chance to rub The Special One’s nose in his apparent unpopularity, without alluding to the game itself.
Instead, he sent his second in command Aitor Karanka in to face the music.
Even though it is not the first time that Real’s success-addicted fans have vented their spleen at Mourinho, Karanka insisted the Portuguese medal machine is not distracted from his task.
"The fans come to the stadium and have the right to express themselves," said Karanka.
"The coaching staff just have to do their work. There will be people who like the coach and people who do not.
“What is clear that he is a professional. You hear a lot of things on the bench, but I do not talk about chants.
“I can just repeat that Mourinho gives everything for Real Madrid."