In the modern world, at least at elite level, José Mourinho stands alone. He was at the greatest coaching seminar the world has seen, when the game as we know it was shaped, but he did not draw the same lessons everybody else did. x x x The paradox is that if Mourinho really has allowed his philosophy to be defined in opposition to Barcelona – he is that which they are not – then he is still allowing Barcelona to dictate terms, creating a dichotomy where there could be multiplicity. x x x Mourinho cannot escape his upbringing as a coach; even as a rebel, it is Barcelona he is rebelling against.
If Beckham is in attendance maybe he can take the time out post-match to explain the complexities of these most fickle supporters to the man who now runs up and down that same right wing, has won far more in far less time, but is still struggling to gain anywhere near the same affection.