Jose Mourinho reveals the one defeat that made him cry during his managerial career. The Portuguese has opened up on the moment he was reduced to tears.
Jose Mourinho has had a fantastic career as a manager winning trophies in several countries. He has won the European treble twice with Porto and Inter Milan. His success with the later earned him the opportunity to lead Real Madrid.
In Spain, Mourinho was charged with the herculean task of stopping Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona on their tracks. The Portuguese managed to do so, emerging as champions in the 2011/12 season; amassing 100 points and scoring an astonishing 121 goals in the process.
However, Mourinho has revealed, that the only time he has ever cried after a match was when he was the manager of Los Blancos.
Jose Mourinho reveals the one defeat that made him cry
Real Madrid were expected to win the Champions League along with the La Liga. However, their campaign came to an end against Bayern Munich in the Semi-final. The German side went ahead to the final on penalties and Mourinho has revealed that the defeat left him in tears.
“Cristiano, Kaka, Sergio Ramos. They are three monsters of football, there is no doubt about that. But they are also human. That night is the only time I have ever cried after a football match,” Mourinho told Marca.
“I remember it well: me and Aitor [Karanka] parked in the car in front of my house, crying. It was very hard to take because in that 2011-12 season we were the best team in Europe.”
Despite the loss however, Mourinho fondly looks back at that record-breaking season
Mourinho said, “Yes, I remember that expression well. We had a very clearly defined playing identity. We were always very well organised defensively above anything else on the pitch and everyone knew exactly what they had to do.
“There was also lots of discipline and organisation behind that team’s game. And we were capable of making transitions that were very explosive, quick and direct towards the objective, always looking towards the goal with connections that were almost unstoppable.
“They were great players who played like a true team. In the end, that was the key to everything.”
‘It’s very difficult for me to say if that was the high point or not. But since then, I’m sure that it was a very important moment because it came in a special period of dominance for Barcelona.
‘Ending that Barcelona dominance and doing it by achieving a record points tally and a record goals tally like that makes it even more interesting and important because we did it in the best way possible. It wasn’t only that we won LaLiga, it’s that we did it in a way that made history.’
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