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Rob Burnett: Devilish Jose Mourinho will revel in getting Falcao firing again

28 Jul | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Rob Burnett: Devilish Jose Mourinho will revel in getting Falcao firing again

A genius like Mourinho constantly needs new ways of proving he’s the best - succeeding where Louis van Gaal failed gives him just that chance

Brian Clough once said: “I wouldn’t say I was the best manager in the business, but I was in the top one.”
 
As the modern-day Clough, Jose Mourinho doubtless believes he now holds that mantle.
 
Just like Cloughie, Mourinho is not short of confidence in his own ability – after all, walking into the Premier League as a relative unknown and calling yourself “special one” in your first press conference is making a gigantic rod for your own back, unless of course you are that special.
 
And he was, winning the title in his first season in the English top flight – and not even Clough managed to do that.
 
The trouble for someone like Mourinho is that he constantly needs new ways to prove he is the best.
 
In his first big job at Porto he won a treble of league title, domestic cup and the UEFA Cup in his first full season. In the next, he retained the title and won the Champions League.
 
Then to Chelsea – a much bigger stage. No problem: league titles and domestic cup success followed.
 
At Internazionale, another treble, including the Champions League again. At Real Madrid, he wrestled the title back from Barcelona’s grasp.
 
Then back to Chelsea. Another league title, another cup win.
 
But what next? It must niggle with him that he has yet to lead Chelsea to that ultimate triumph of football, the European Cup. Yes, that one needs ticking off the list. But a man of Mourinho’s confidence will be almost certain that he will achieve that.
 
Trophy success is all well and good, but he has bucketfuls of them. Now he needs some other way to prove his genius.
 
And he just might have it.
 
Last season Radamel Falcao scored just four goals for Manchester United. His lowest return in a season by far since an injured-plagued spell at his first club River Plate in 2006-07.
 
The result? Manchester United declined to make his loan deal permanent and sent him packing, with the prevailing view at United’s Carrington base seemingly that whatever Falcao was capable of in Portugal, Spain or France, he was not up to it in the Premier League.
 
Enter Mourinho. Needing a replacement for Didier Drogba, Chelsea swooped to bring Falcao to Stamford Bridge on loan for the season.
 
It’s a win-win situation for the Blues boss: as a loan deal, there is no huge, headline grabbing fee to add pressure to the striker if he doesn’t net bagfuls of goals immediately.
 
And after his dreadful year with United, there is no real expectation for him to be a world-beater. If he returns another four goals? Well, it was a worth taking a chance on him, no harm done.
 
But a quick look at Falcao’s goalscoring record suggests last season was the anomaly, not the norm.
 
After that injured hit 2006-07 and excluding last season, he has netted an average of 27 goals a term. And he is only 29, so hardly over the hill and in terminal decline.
 
“If I can help Falcao reach his level again, I will do it,” Mourinho said before signing him.
 
“It hurts me that people in England think that the real Falcao is the one we saw at Manchester United.”
 
And of course, if he does start blasting them in from all over the park, Mourinho will be the one picking up all the credit – especially since his former mentor Louis van Gaal couldn’t get Falcao firing at United.
 
What better way to remind everyone just how great you are than succeeding where Van Gaal – one of the world’s greatest and most successful coaches – failed?

25/1 – Radamel Falcao to be Premier League top goalscorer

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