Former assistant to Jose Mourinho during his 3 year tenure at Real Madrid , Aitor Karanka , who has also managed Nottingham Forest in the recent times has spoken out on how good it would be for Madrid to have signed Jose Mourinho after sacking Solari.
“Either of the two options would have been great, but you have two different profiles,” Karanka told MARCA.
“It seemed that[Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer had fixed everything done badly by Mourinho at Manchester United, but now they are out of the Champions League.
“In Jose’s first season at the club, he won three trophies [the Community Shield, Carabao Cup and Europa League].
“Football moves so quickly that people forget the good things somebody does and only speak about the bad things.
“Jose will return to the level that we’re used to see him manage at.”
The footballing careers of Karanka and current Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde overlapped at several points.
“My father coached him and we were teammates,” he explained.
“He is a little bit older than me, but my father coached him as a child and then, as professionals, we spent two to three years at Athletic (Club).
“After that I returned to Athletic and one year later, Ernesto became my coach.
“I’m glad that everything is going well for him at Barcelona.”
On being asked about Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, Karanka said things that most football fans would easily agree on.
“It would be easy to say that Real Madrid miss Cristiano or that Cristiano misses Real Madrid, but they were hard decisions for both sides,” he noted.
“Life goes on and so does Real Madrid.
“I do believe that Cristiano and Messi are a level above the rest that compete in world football.”
Being an admirer of Zidane’s work , Karanka also spoke about the changes at RM after the appointment of the Frenchman.
“The return of Zidane has brought calmness [back to Real Madrid],” said Karanka.
“After losing to Ajaxand twice against Barcelona, there was a lot of noise [coming from inside and outside the club].”
“It has been a difficult season and I’ve experienced similar situations; it’s tough to keep fighting when you have nothing to play for or win.
“Real Madrid is the only club capable of winning three consecutive Champions Leagues and be in crisis inside [the space of] seven months.”