Thursday, 4 June 2009

[2008] Mourinho's eleven

this post was published exactly one year ago:

Catalan sports paper El Mundo Deportivo has today a report on how Barcelona would have looked like if new Inter Milan managerJosé Mourinho would have taken over.

During a meeting with Barcelona officials earlier this year (read more here), Mourinho asked for the total control over the technical organization, the medical staff and the transfers. The Portuguese didn't think many transfers were needed and wanted to focus on changing structural things like the preparation.

Former Barcelona player and probabe future Barcelona B manager Luis Enrique (38) would have been his assistant. Both would already had met to discuss the project (read more here).

Mourinho counted on Messi and Eto'o, wanted to have a talk with Deco and Ronaldinho and would have tried to sell Henry. He didn't like Abidal, Touré, Giovani and Pinto and knew little on Bojan.

Mourinho agreed with the transfer of Alves and would have brought in a decent back-up for Valdés, a left back defender and a left winger. From his former club Chelsea, he wouldn't have tried to bring Drogba, but was interested in Carvalho, Lampard and Essien. Keita was the alternative for Essien.

This could have been the Barcelona XI under Mourinho:


Alves - Puyol - Milito - Maicon

Essien (or Deco) - Iniesta - Lampard

Messi - Eto'o - Ribéry

Read more 4 June 2008 news:
New shirts for Eto'o, Ronaldinho and Deco
Barcelona monitors Ronaldo events
Mancini alternative for Alves


one year ago, readers said...

djoef said...

Looks good but those five new guys would all five be very hard to get and if so, for huge prices. Probably ending up somewhere between 150 and 200 million euro.

Anonymous said...

Next seasons eleven NOW seems like it will be:
Alves Pique Puyol Milito

Keita Xavi Iniesta

Messi Ibrahimavich Henry

This is a far better squad then Mourinhos supposed eleven.
I think by choosing a man who knows the club well is a good choice.

Anonymous said...

noooo wayy that he would be able to get Ribery.

Anonymous said...

i live in sweden but fuck zlatan,
we should get benzema


alves milito poyol abidal

silva inista xavi
messi bojan henry

Anonymous said...

Complete bullshit. Mourinho would've never let gone players like Giovani, Abidal and especially Yaya Touré. I remember an interview with him during the African Nations Cup on TV, where he said that he admires Yaya for his strength and because he is such a complete, elegant player.

Anonymous said...

OMG! Maicon and Alves also play in right back position????

FCB Forever said...

Next seasons eleven NOW seems like it will be: Valdes. Alves; Abidal; Puyol Pique. Xavi;Iniesta;Messi;Quaresma. Henry;Huntelaar

BlaugranaIRE said...

id take xavi over essien or lampard any day. mourinho is a defence minded asshole

groga said...

Well, he had Iniesta on Touré's spot...

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