Despite achieving his directive to halt Barça’s dominance of La Liga in winning Real Madrid a long awaited 32nd title, as well as his personal 7th league title in a 4th country, José Mourinho has never been below a few choice words for FC Barcelona.
On the Catalan club’s style of play, Mourinho claimed he “prefers” Madrid’s “beautiful game” of “direct, dynamic football with powerful transitions [from defense to attack]”. An unnecessary comment perhaps, but fair enough, we are all entitled to a preference.
Pep Guardiola is widely known as the perfect gentlemen whereas Mourinho comes accross to most as his polar opposite. The Portuguese manager had some unsolicited words to say about the departing Barcelona coach: “I’ve never intended to hide my faults. However, there are people that have different personalities, they hide them [faults], but at the end time demonstrate everything. It’s not normal to sell an image of perfection because at the end he [Guardiola] showed that nobody is perfect. I knew him as a player and I helped him. I hold of him good memories. Later, life changes, and people change.”
Mourinho went on to refute any theories that he’s “obsessed” with beating Barça. He said that he shall lend his support for Christiano Ronaldo as the next Balón d’Or, and also quashed speculations regarding his Real Madrid exit.
Image Credit: LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images