Posts tagged Jose Mourinho
Posts tagged Jose Mourinho
Iniesta, Messi and Xavi!
FIFA coach of the year finalists: Del Bosque, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho
UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body has issued several fines and suspensions for Real Madrid coach Mourinho and players involved in the staging and deliberately receiving red cards during the Champions League game against Ajax.
Real Madrid will be fined €120,000.
Mourinho has been suspended from coaching activities for two UEFA matches, (the second is deferred for a probationary period of three years) he is also fined €40,000.
Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos were fined €20,000 and suspended for one UEFA match
Iker Casillas was fined €10,000
Jerzy Dudek was fined €5,000.
Pep: “How we did it - that makes us proud. Now just let us sit back and enjoy that win - we’ll reflect and look at the whole game, but now it would be wrong not to revel in the win. Games like that happen very rarely indeed. There are still a lot of games left to play in this league. We were the better team tonight, but both teams are at a very high level. We are only two points ahead and Real Madrid remain an impressive team”.
Puyol: “I wanted to defend my teammate because I think it’s a very hard tackle. We have many friends in the Real Madrid dressing room, and we do not have problems with it. Whatever happens on the field let’s finish it in the field. I have a good relationship with Ramos, and the incident had been forgotten. There’s other important things I should think. This victory gave us a confidence. The team played well and we want to defend it.”
Iniesta: “We have played a great game. We had to play with great intensity and the team has put on a great performance. It was a very big margin, as they almost had no attacking options. We know that this is not winning the league, but just a small step. We have been spectacular and put on a show for both the players and public.”
David Villa: “It was very important to win. We looked for the victory and we succeeded. We wanted to get ahead and secure a lead. And what better way than the way we have done it. We could not have asked for more. We must now continue to work hard as we are only in November. The title wasn’t lost prior to the match, and neither is it won. We have an advantage, but we now have to keep on winning.”
Dani Alves: “This team is capable of anything. The League doesn’t end here and we must continue with the same modesty.”
Mourinho: “I am not humiliated at all. This is the biggest defeat I have ever suffered in league play. It is hard to swallow because we never had a chance of winning. It wasn’t one of those defeats that leave a bad taste in your mouth because we didn’t deserve to lose or because the referee performed badly or because the ball hit the post. One team played as well as it could and the other played badly. It is a deserving win and a deserving defeat, which makes it easy to swallow.”
Xabi Alonso: “Barcelona were the better team in all facets and we must look back to understand the mistakes we made. Their two early goals made things a lot easier for them and much more complicated for us. We did not expect thins, but there is still a lot of season left and nothing has finished. We are not happy, but we shouldn’t jump to conclusions. We must only look towards the future.”
What their saying…
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero
The PM predicted on Friday that Barcelona will crush Real Madrid 4-2. He said: “Barcelona caresses and cultivates the intelligence of football and converts it into something more than a physical contact sport. Sometimes it recalls a game of chess.”
He also said he respected Real Madrid’s tough-talking Jose Mourinho, but in terms of personality he prefers Barcelona’s Catalan coach Pep Guardiola and that he prefers Leo Messi’s “dribbles” over the playing style of Cristiano Ronaldo.
“You can’t say this game will decide the League title, but it is certainly very important. Maybe this season the distance between other teams has shortened but I’m sure that Barcelona and Real Madrid will be the two teams that fight for the League title till the end. Right now this is the best or one of the best games in the world. So it makes sense that there’s much talk about it.”
“Pep is a coach who likes to have everything completely under control, he wants everything to be tied, and not leave anything to chance. He prepares very well for matches, studies them to the maximum.”
“Real Madrid have two years without winning anything and it’s logical to seek a shock, something new. They have a good coach, you can’t deny that. In England he succeeded, as he did in Inter. In his team, everything revolves around him. He is an incentive to try to keep winning. No doubt he has had a positive effect for Real Madrid, but he has inspired us, is an extra motivation.”
“Both Barça and Madrid are playing well and confidently, and have few injury concerns. We have the advantage of playing at home, but I still think it’s 50/50.”
“Madrid are very strong in defence, they place themselves well. They have very fast players on the counter and they make all the difference. If you give them space, they are hard to control.”
“Nothing motivates us more. Madrid is always an important match… but the league will not be decided by this game”.
Since 2009, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho have met 4 times in the UEFA Champions League, and Pep has the advantage with overall 2 wins and a draw.
Recap: The 4 meetings
Their first meeting took place on September 16 at the San Siro in what was Barcelona and Inter Milan’s first group stage game of the 2009/10 season in Europe. A poor game didn’t produce much entertainment, and in the end, both sides’ unfruitfulness led the game to a disappointing 0-0 draw.
Both clubs met again in November 2009 at Camp Nou and Barcelona got 2 first half goals from Gerard Pique and Pedro.
A bigger moment arrived 5 months later, when Barcelona and Inter Milan again fought each other at the San Siro in the first leg of their semifinal battle. Inter made an unpredictable come back with goals from Sneijder, Maicon, and Milito; despite being down 1-0 after a goal from Pedro earlier in the match.
The second leg was powered by a fiercer combustion as Barcelona fans vowed to intimidate the Italians in revenge of their approval of the referee’s unfairness at the Giuseppe Meazza in the first leg. After Milan’s Thiago Motta was shown a red card after 28 minutes, Pique scored an opener for Barcelona in the second half, but they were incapable of clutching a second goal, and had to leave their place in the final to their rivals.
New team for Mourinho, new challenge for Pep
Mourinho has precious memories of dramatic victories over Barcelona which took place in his great days at Chelsea, or in his recent days at Inter. However he is yet to impose himself in Camp Nou.
Since Pep took-over Barcelona, he has never lost a game to Real Madrid. With 4 victories out of 4 in La Liga and a total score line elevated at 11-2, he has reasons to feel confident when the classic of the decade takes place at Camp Nou on Monday.
Van Gaal – Mourinho – Guardiola - 97/98
On Wednesday and Thursday, Pep attended the UEFA Elite Club Coaches Forum in Nyon, where he will be debating current issues with the likes of Mourinho, Ferguson and Ancelotti.
(sidenote: I love love love Pep’s purple sweater and how he stands out from the rest wearing so casual)
and the hug? I certainly approve.
On Pique’s statements about Mourinho: We have a new coach who is coming up with the squad he wants. He decides what needs to be strengthened and what not. We want our team to get better every year so we can be more confident when taking on the season. We work hard to win every title. Real Madrid is different now that we have new players and a new coach. Hopefully, we’ll do better this season. This can be clearly seen during the intense trainings. All of us want to be part of the team. I will not say anything to Piqué.
On Pique’s other statements: I prefer what you have. Having 24 or 25 or 19 does not matter, what matters is achieving the objectives. It is most important at the end of the year. The rest are measures that concern the club. I really do not care to have 19 23 or 24, as long as they count on me to help the team.