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he’s either the bravest man alive…

February 28, 2011

… or the stupidest (though I’m leaning towards the former) because Chendo is the only known person to have questioned José Mourinho’s orders so far.  (By the way, for those who don’t know, Miguel Porlán aka Chendo is a former Madrid player – the only team he has ever played for – and has been the team’s match delegate for the last decade, which he started doing as soon as he retired in 1998.)  The task given to Chendo this season by Mou is to pressure the fourth referee, something which is at odds with his personality and beliefs, because he’s considered one of the most educados madridistas.  From the time he entered the cantera of Madrid in 1977, he was taught to ignore the referees.

Earlier in the season, in Anoeta, the players saw Chendo question one of Mou’s decisions.  Mou had asked him to protest the decisions of the referee and Chendo retorted, “in Madrid there are some things that don’t function as you think.  Here, this is not done.”  In addition to arguing, he also employs another tactic: he goes up to the referees as per Mou’s orders, but instead of questioning their decisions, he asks them things like “what time do you have?” or “is El Corte Inglés [a Spanish department store chain] open today?”

34 Comments leave one →
  1. Natasha permalink
    February 28, 2011 16:37

    uh oh. Una, Is this a good thing, or a bad thing?

  2. May permalink
    February 28, 2011 16:45

    I love Mou. I really do. But this is the thing about him that I can’t stand. The complaining about refs (even when deserved) gets old. Yes, referring across the board in every league is bad, sometimes scandalously so, but complaining about it and openly challenging refs has never worked. Not once. Ever. Stop it. I just makes you look bad.

    • Maddi permalink
      March 1, 2011 04:08

      I agree 100% with your comment.

      “is El Corte Inglés [a Spanish department store chain] open today?” Haha, at least something funny comes out of this…

  3. Pam permalink
    February 28, 2011 16:56

    You know, there is a very fine line between “brave” and “stupid”. If it works, you are called brave. If it explodes in your face, you are called “stupid” 🙂

  4. Pammie permalink
    February 28, 2011 16:58

    he’s keeping it classy!

    I love Mou, but all the complaints about the refs are getting a bit old. We have to win regardless of how the refs officiate the game and laying the blame on others isn’t the way to go. It’s not like it’s going to change the score. All it does is making him a target for people calling him a whiner.

  5. February 28, 2011 17:08

    I have no problem second guessing Mou’s tactics… however, RM won’t return my calls… ;-p

  6. Mani Thangadurai permalink
    February 28, 2011 18:39

    I think Mourinho should have spoken to each and every one of his staff members before laying down the law as it were. There should have been a clearer understanding how how things work in Spanish football and how Mourinho operates as a manager. I think it’s fair to say that the club was almost easily seduced by Mourinho’s CV before hiring him, and without the level of understanding the relationship certainly looks to be a little rocky. A clear case of both sides failing to do their homework on each other!

    Fair to say that the decision to get rid of Pellegrini appears a little hasty, eh? 🙂

  7. Proudculé!!! permalink
    February 28, 2011 20:08

    And you’re proud? Pathetic to say the least…

    • February 28, 2011 22:53

      Where does it say I’m proud? And I would tell you what I think is pathetic, but I don’t think that needs to be said.

      • Hala_Madrid permalink
        March 1, 2011 04:11

        I hate when culés come to REAL MADRID blogs and find everything so offensive. UNA I don’t know you but just by allowing their comments here I can tell that you’re such a nice and respectful person. I love your blog and thanks for taking your time to write such wonderful posts =)

      • Mani Thangadurai permalink
        March 1, 2011 08:13

        Why don’t you just block his comments Una? It’s as simple as that!

      • IsaBella permalink
        March 1, 2011 08:34

        I would say exactly the same thing. Grande Una! 🙂

    • ToujoursPetite permalink
      February 28, 2011 23:17

      I’m sure you have more productive things to be doing than to be trolling a Real Madrid fanblog. Lay off it, man.

    • juliefromparis permalink
      February 28, 2011 23:50

      Woaaaaa, why being so agressive??? I usually just dont pay attention to your comments but this is ridiculous and inappropriate.

    • Jules permalink
      February 28, 2011 23:54

      Ay, I’m a lifelong cule who sneaks a peek at this blog (mostly for the shirtless men) and you’re making us all look bad. What’s being posted has nothing to do with Barcelona. I can see coming to our team’s defense but now you’re making us look childish and petty. Please stop instigating; what makes us cules is what we’re proud of, our style of play, our history, our values, not what who we’re not.

    • Jenny permalink
      March 1, 2011 04:32

      Mourinho adores his boys and views them through rose-tinted glasses. That is something to admire not disdain. Like anyone who acts out of love, he may be foolish sometimes, but you can’t attach any serious blame.

      And he does love them – we know this because of the force of their love for him. Just look at Ibrahimovic’s comments of this past week – and they only worked together for one season.

      No one is being harmed. Mourinho sends someone to tell the fourth official “to talk more respectfully to my boys” and that person, wisely, ignores him. Mourinho’s happy thinking he’s defending his boys, the ref has to check the time or remember department store hours. Everyone’s happy!

    • March 1, 2011 05:30

      and meanwhile, I’m sitting here wondering why you even care. it’s not like we go on cule blogs just to comment on how things could be handled better there.

    • browneyedgirl permalink
      March 1, 2011 15:33

      Ok, what is a cule doing here?
      Anyways Mou is starting to bother me.

    • Hazel permalink
      March 1, 2011 16:47

      If you’re a cule out to insult other teams, particularly Real Madrid, then there really is no point in you visiting this site. I definitely agree that your comments make us cules seem bad and rude as a whole. I think you should take some notes from Pep and just not say anything offensive about other teams.

    • Mani Thangadurai permalink
      March 2, 2011 19:50

      Guys, this person is a troll who has nothing constructive or intelligent to say. Just ignore him and don’t reply to his comments.

      Better still, Una, I think you shouldn’t approve comments such as these.

  8. IsaBella permalink
    February 28, 2011 20:33

    The bravest. Though I wonder how the fourth referees feel having Mou constantly staring at them with that gaze. I would have to be on some serious tranquilizers.

    • juliefromparis permalink
      February 28, 2011 23:55

      Haha!! this. And i would be this other ref constantly coming to you and going like ” is he still looking at me?? is he?? IS HE??”

  9. Margie permalink
    February 28, 2011 21:38

    I agree with you that he is the bravest man alive rather than the stupidest… I like Mourinho overall but some things I can’t accept… I don’t like how, in an interview, he said his fault was “not being a hypocrite”, but is actually hypocritical when he puts pressure on referees and then claims that referees have different standards for Madrid and give Madrid more yellow cards then the others. I don’t understand how he can say that referees are biased against Madrid if he tries to pressure the referees into being biased towards Madrid. Isn’t that hypocrisy?

    • Ana permalink
      March 1, 2011 00:13

      I agree I don’t like it when he complains about the referees but I don’t think he’s, at least imo, trying to pressure the referees to be biased towards us.

      • Margie permalink
        March 1, 2011 10:49

        Well, to be fair, he probably wants the referees to be objective, but, of course, being the coach of Real Madrid, his idea of being objective is probably a little different than another coach’s. Also, the referees have the job of being objective, not the coaches, so they are not going to listen to a coach, whose job is not to be objective.

        So, whatever his purpose is, talking about referees as much as he does and putting pressure on them is:

        1. not the right thing to do
        2. does not work

  10. jean permalink
    February 28, 2011 22:16

    Cant wait to see Mou’s reaction .

  11. February 28, 2011 22:40

    In Spain are El Pais and Diego Torres seen as neutral re football? I find their coverage more deep than the football press.

    Do you know if Chendo is close to Valdano? Did he play under him?
    It’s strange to sign someone as aggressive as Mou and then expect them to be different because they’re at Madrid. Either accept them as they are or don’t sign him, like Barcelona.

    Because Mourinho has been the same wherever he’s been. He draws on conspiracies and being us against the world. He was the same at Barcelona but the other way round. The thing is (despite initial scepticism) at Inter the players and especially the fans bought into this world view. At Madrid, with a much different history, according to the press anyway the players are more sceptical about Mou. In your experience are Real Madrid fans equally sceptical about what he says, or do they buy into his allegations?

  12. amouria permalink
    February 28, 2011 23:44

    Its not about being brave or stupid. If in a club like RM, decisions regarding tasks are ‘publicly’ not respected, then we are in crisis. Regardless of your agreement of disagreement with Mou, these issues should not be known or seen by the public, because, they simply undermine the credibility of the team and the coach.
    See this video of the guy, I don’t like him and do not like those who contribute to the weakness of our team. It is now, more than any time, that the team needs our support, unity and love. TO DEATH WE STAY TOGETHER. This should be the slogan.

  13. mema permalink
    February 28, 2011 23:45

    Sorry but i think some of the referees are arrogant, like the one fourth ref in the deportivo game. to those kinds of refs u should never bow down to them. i don’t care what spanish federation says or what people think. sometimes u have to take a stand especially when errors are being made and when there is technology that enables people to make the right calls like they are in every other major sports played in the world. foot ball needs to get behind technology so many games are effected because the refs to not make the correct calls or sometimes aren’t really as objective in their calls as one might think.

  14. ana permalink
    March 1, 2011 00:53

    Ugh. Here Chendo is right. That being said, Diego Torres himself lately developed “fijación obsesiva” on Mourinho, suddenly or not but it’s really sad to see.

  15. Jenny permalink
    March 1, 2011 04:18

    I love both styles. Mourinho adores his players – and they love him back. Wesley Sneijder said he’d “kill for him” – so did Marcelo! And so did Ibrahimovic (just this week) while criticizing Guardiola. So Mourinho’s outrage is genuine – he genuinely believes his beloved boys are in the right and will defend them (also) to the death.

    Chendo is just doing his gentlemanly thing – and that’s good too. The refs don’t hear the abuse, Mourinho is happy, Chendo is happy.

    Everyone wins. It’s a question of conflicting styles that cancel each other out.

  16. March 1, 2011 05:47

    Really appreciate the article, Una. I linked it and copy pasted it on my website if you dont mind. If you do, please inform me and i will take it off. Keep up the good work!


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