Real Madrid coach José Mourinho will aim for a special farewell to his time in the Spanish capital on Friday when Europe’s most glamorous club faces neighbours Atlético Madrid in the Copa Del Rey final at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.
The Madrid derby kicks off at 3.30 pm and will be carried live and exclusively on DIRECTV Sports Ch. 610, Sports HD Ch. 1004/611 or via live stream on www.directvsports.net.
Real Madrid has already conceded the La Liga title to Barcelona and was eliminated in the Champions League semi-final by Borussia Dortmund. The Copa Del Rey is the last chance for Mourinho to take silverware in the 2012/13 season while it would be his second success in this competition in three years.
The enigmatic coach is widely tipped to leave Spain in the summer and return to the England Premier League where his former employer, Chelsea, is believed to be at the head of the queue for his services.
Mourinho must tame a possible future signing first. Colombian star Radamel Falcao García is Atlético’s most dangerous player and is another Latin star coveted by Chelsea. Falcao is supported by a strong South American contingent with Uruguayan Diego Godin and Argentines Cristian Rodriguez, Daniel “Cata” Díaz and Emiliano Insua also at the club, which is coached by former Argentina World Cup player Diego Simeone.
Atlético Madrid will play with the DIRECTV logo on their uniforms due to their recent sponsorship agreement. The capital’s second team has won the Copa Del Rey nine times before but is yet to win a domestic title in this millennium.