I HELPED REAL MADRID TO LA DECIMA - MOURINHO
The Chelsea boss admits he thought he would
win the Champions League with Los Blancos
but claims he was happy when Carlo Ancelotti
won an historic tenth title.
Jose Mourinho claims he laid the foundations
for Real Madrid's historic Champions League
triumph in 2014, the year after he departed the
The Portuguese left Real in the summer of 2013
after guiding Los Blancos to three consecutive
Champions League semi-finals, only for his
successor Carlo Ancelotti to go one better and
win La Decima - Real's tenth European Cup
The Chelsea boss, who won the competition
with both Porto and Inter, claims he was
responsible for positive "change" at the
Santiago Bernabeu but admitted he thought he
would win the Champions League for a third
time with Real.
"When I arrived at Real Madrid they hadn't
reached the quarter-finals for almost a decade
and when we got Lyon in the last 16, the club
was in panic," the 52-year-old told UEFA.com .
"We went through that barrier and the club
changed, the players changed. We thought we
would win the competition. But in three
consecutive years we reached the semi-finals,
and for different reasons we didn't manage to
reach the final."
Despite his failure to win the competition with
Real, Mourinho said he was happy with
He added: "The one that was really difficult was
the one we lost on penalties [to Bayern]. It was
a big disappointment, but when Real Madrid won
it in 2014 the club deserved it. The club
deserved it totally, and I was happy."
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