Before Jose entered the picture, Real's struggles could be pinned on the loss of Makalele. That DM role was never really filled despite their attempts with several others who were not fit for the role and certainly not as good as Claude (though has there been anyone even close? He really redefined the position)
With Mamadou gone there wasn't anybody left really as a true deep lying disruptor, though sometimes Pepe was played there. I guess this is Jose really putting his stamp on the team. He has seen his control grow stronger each season, and now it looks like he's el numero uno. The only difference is the fans at Real (despite being fascists
) actually like the sport and seeing it played elegantly, a word. That does not exist in Mourine's vocabulary. I look forwad to the jeering and whistling after 1-0 counter attacking wins.
BTW the velodrome is a fantastic atmosphere, OM is a great club, and the city is a N African colony