Former Real Madrid coach Leo Beenhakker has praised Jose Mourinho for his work at the Bernabeu in the first half of the 2010-11 season and believes that los Blancos are a different team under the Portuguese.
In an interview with Madrid's official website, Beenhakker explained, "We are colleagues, we know each other and we get along very well. I’ve been a fan throughout his career because I like how he does things. He is the current number one.
"How well he knows his job (is what I like about him the most). He has a very strong personality and is temperamental. I like that.
"He always makes a stand for his players, which in turn makes these have confidence in him on and off the pitch. I tried to do the same with my men because I know players suffer from a lot of pressure."
He added "They (Madrid) are a tight side. Mourinho is a fan of good and beautiful football, but he is also very aware of the score in a game.
"He knows how to mix both things and achieves balance between earning a good result and playing a beautiful game."
Reflecting on his time at the Bernabeu in the 1980s, the much travelled and experienced coach enthused, "It was the most important stage in my career. I won three league titles, one Copa del Rey and one European Super Cup with the team.
"We reached the semifinals of the European Cup three times and never reached the final…. That’s the thorn in my side and that of players like Michel, Gordillo, Hugo Sanchez, Butragueño… It was an unbelievable era."