With Jose Mourinho stating his ambition to “help” Radamel Falcao and Chelsea rumoured to be in talks over a move, all signs point to the Colombian wearing blue in August. Four goals in 29 games for Manchester United has left Falcao’s career in tatters as the 29-year-old looks to be on an irreversibly steep decline. That said, if there is one man who can stoke the fire that still flickers in the belly of El Tigre, then that man is Mourinho. While Mourinho is known for his tactical nous and cool whit, this multidimensional character is fuelled by passion. From a fleet-footed sprint and leap down the Old Trafford touchline, to an emotional and tearful goodbye to Marco Materazzi, the Special One is bound by emotion and as passionate as they come. Falcao in comparison shares similar traits, he is a player born out of faith, ambition and a fiery desire to win and shows his passion no matter the crest on his jersey. Combine the two and given time, Mourinho and Falcao could be a match made in heaven.
In 2009, Mourinho brought a then 29-year-old Diego Milito to Internazionale from Genoa. In his first season at the San Siro, Milito enjoyed a treble winning debut campaign which was capped off with a brace in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich. Prolific in his time at Genoa and Real Zaragoza before, Mourinho had brought the best out of the Argentine on the grandest of stages and set the benchmark for what a coach can do with a senior striker like Milito. Falcao, although beset by a troublesome knee, has the opportunity to be moulded by Mourinho like Milito before him. The two South American strikers share a similar style of play, one not based on pace but a deeply engrained intuition and ability to find the back of the net. While Falcao may still be lacking ballast and retaining a wayward radar, the foundation is still there, with Mourinho just needing to tweak and toggle the instruments.
Jose has become synonymous with condemning the hierarchy of both domestic and European football officials for erroneous decisions against his team. Whether it was launching career-ending accusations at Anders Frisk in 2004 or more recent comments of dissent in 2015 directed at Premier League referees, Mourinho has a habit of accusing officials of having his team hard done-by. Right or wrong, Mourinho has almost had the last laugh, winning countless trophies everywhere he goes by using a ‘them versus us’ mentality to motivate himself and his players. This righting a wrong is a hallmark of Mourinho and it looks set to be used again in his fight to return Falcao to his brilliant best, should the Chelsea boss get his hands on the striker. “It hurts me that people in England think that the real Falcao is the one we saw at Manchester United,” stated Mourinho in an interview with DirecTV Sports. The ex-Real Madrid manager clearly feels Falcao has been misinterpreted in his time in England and it’s a misinterpretation Mourinho is looking to set straight. It is man management and motivation at it is best and is one that could pay dividends for Chelsea, Falcao and Mourinho.
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