Read of the Day: The Coup

The actual Champions League final has evaporated from our memories — a inconvenient puddle destroyed by sunshine, “a kind of valedictory footnote to one manager’s triumphant career move.” What Mourinho has done to football this week is probably historic — his defiant, high-wire media acts have made him not only “a Houdini of his own rhetoric, an absolutely compelling personality,” but have supplanted style, risk and flair on the pitch. Or rather: The game is now an extension of Mourinho’s heedless public persona. Football with The Special One seems at once more charged and more distant than it really is. (Brian Phillips/The Run of Play)

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