SUPERCOPA: Why Real Madrid Dominated Barcelona - A Display of Jose

From the days on leading from the start, I knew that this was a big match for Madrid for more reasons than just being the clasico. Over the last three seasons Los Merengues have been absolutely dominated by their rivals Barcelona, especially at their home ground of the Bernabeu with multiple 5+ goal defeats. Knowing Mourinho from his days at Chelsea, I knew that he was going to change the mentality for this match, because he knows Barcelona’s only collective strength is also their only collective weakness

If you pressure Barcelona by man marking, they will have no room to pass or receive the ball. It worked the whole match. The whole match. But Barcelona are especially lucky because they happen to have two of the indisputable best strikers in the world David Villa & Leo Messi, what other players can pull out what they did out of nothing. With that said:

I’ve never seen Pep Guardiola look so worried. 

Barcelona were getting bossed by Madrid, it seemed that order had been restored in the Capital. They had done everything right. But… Messi… and Villa… Mourinho was frustrated too. They had the perfect game plan that was being executed perfectly. They went up a goal, they saw majestic performances from each & every one of their players including Ozil, Marcelo, young Fabio Coentrao & Jose Callejon, Benzema, Higauin, Ronaldo. His forwards were tracking back to defend, his midfielders never stopped moving their feet (when Xabi Alonso scores - everything is working for you.) For the first time in a long time los merengues moved as one on the pitch, pressuring, getting physical, looking English? But still there was Messi & Villa.

I don’t think Mourinho could have been more frustrated either, he did everything right, he saw his players perform the best they have in years, not only with him, but still they did not win. I know Jose must not have slept much that night. His 26 training sessions, & multitude of preseason matches were training his squad to be victorious in this symbolic moment. And they were in every way but on the scoreline and that just isn’t good enough. It was clear this match meant a lot more to Real, than Barca, but then again, a loss would have meant more to them too. Although the losers of the Supercopa with always say it doesn’t really matter, for the victors it is vitally important for the mentality of the team going into the new campaign. The mentality that Mourinho is having sleepless nights trying to alter & change.

This was a start, a masked & silent victory. I think now he knows, it can be done & they will do it again. After all, Barcelona play like Barcelona, they have no plan B. It’s a fact to be exploited if only someone knew how, it’s a race to be the one who does it first on the biggest stage. Expect more of the same on Wednesday, and a bit more tweaks by an adventurous & determined Jose.

special thanks to umakoo for backing up my useless twitter posts with video evidence online - thank you