is under the spotlight again, as according to Spanish newspapers, Marca and La
Vanguardia, his relationship with Castilla’s (Real Madrid’s B Team) coach, Alberto Toril, is far from good.
In the press conference the evening before Madrid’s Wednesday night Copa del Rey clash against Alcoyano, Mourinho however projected himself as being the coach that has given youngsters a chance in the first team.
“The criticisms towards me make no sense as I am the champion of giving players their debuts” he said to defend himself.
There is however a twist to this statement in that even though he has given the opportunity to some young players to make their Real Madrid debut, some people are saying it’s not about quantity, it should be about quality. If we look at the facts, in more than two years in charge, Mourinho has given 14 different young players debuts for the first team, of whom only five have played more than once (Adán - seven, Morata – three and Joselo, Jese & Nacho - two each). The remaining nine players haven’t played more than 15 minutes with the first team.
In recent times, a debate has opened up between arch rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona “Cantera v Cartera” (Reserves/Youth players v Wallet). Both teams have resorted to buying players in the past years, however Barcelona have clearly put more trust in their young players, most notable Isaac Cuenca, who played a total of 1,340 minutes last season, 527 more minutes than the combined time spent on the pitch by Mourinho’s debutants.
When you look at the players that have come up through the Real Madrid ranks: Juan Mata, Soldado, and Negredo (to name a few) it is evident that in recent years Real Madrid have failed to hang on to many great players that have gone on to win International honours with Spain whilst representing other clubs. This does not reflect well on Mourinho and his youth policy and could yet contribute to seeing the Portuguese make one of his infamous swift exits.