History lesson for Jose
- Sun 09 Sep 2012, 9:51AM
- Posted by David Clayton
With the mouth-watering clash with Real Madrid on the horizon, the talking has begun and Jose Mourinho is never behind the door when it comes to mind games.
The fact that he has begun so early, suggests he is worried about City and knows he is faced with a man who managed to take on one of the best mind games masters in the business – Sir Alex Ferguson – and win. No mean feat!
For City fans, there is only one Special One, and he’s Italian, not Portuguese.
Simon Mullock in the Sunday Mirror believes Mourinho is wrong to point an accusing finger at City and the Blues’ buying policy. After all, Real haven’t exactly been prudent in buying the likes of Ronaldo, Kaka, Ozil, Modric… the list is endless.
So it was nice to see a balanced piece looking a little deeper into the statement Mourinho came out with recently.
Mullock writes: “It was a bit rich of Jose Mourinho to tell Manchester City that they can't buy history. After all, this is a man who works for a club that has done just that.
“Real Madrid are one of the biggest clubs in football, with a record nine European Cup triumphs and 32 La Liga titles. Arguably, they are THE biggest, thanks to a world-wide fan base that only Manchester United and Barcelona can compete with.
“But scratch beneath the surface of Real's success and you wonder whether all those triumphs and trophies are worth boasting about.
“This is a club that were founded in 1902 – 22 years after City were formed as West Gorton FC – that won just two titles in the first half century of its existence.”
Mullock goes on to add: “But when Madrid play in Manchester in November, I would advise Mourinho to give former City historian Gary James a call so that he can fill in the glaring gaps in his education.
“James has just launched a book that gives an astonishingly detailed history of the Premier League champions called 'The Manchester City Years.'
“At the book's launch, James told me: ‘Since Sheikh Mansour took over at City, rival fans have tried to paint City as a club with no history.
“’Every club has history – both good and bad – but if you are measuring heritage purely in terms of success than I'd like to point out that when City won the FA Cup in 1904 it was the first time a major national trophy had been won by a Mancunian club.
“’City won a trophy four years before Manchester United, 26 years before Arsenal and 51 years before Chelsea.
“’They won the FA Cup 61 years before Liverpool and were the first English club to win a domestic and European trophy in the same season.
“’This is the club that was playing in third tier of English football as recently as 13 years ago, but once drew a Maine Road crowd of 84,569 that remains the biggest attendance at any English ground outside of Wembley.’”
History? We’ve got it by the bucket-load, Jose.