Former Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho questioned the attitude of the players who according to him, lacked the fight and looked unhappy against Barcelona in the weekend at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid. The Santiago Solari-coached side suffered three losses in ‘El Clasico’ out of the four fixtures played this campaign, with the remaining one concluding in a draw. With this victory, Barcelona have now pipped Real Madrid to attain the most ‘El Clasico’ wins.
The ‘El Clasico’ — Spanish for “The Classic” — is a label attributed to the fixture between Real Madrid and Barcelona; two arch-rivals and most successful football clubs in Spain.
The Portuguese international’s comments on his former side comes at a time when Solari is riling in pressure and his future at the club is growing increasingly uncertain. Whereas Mourinho, who has been a free-agent since his sacking at Manchester United earlier this season is being tipped for a second-coming for the position of head coach in Real Madrid.
The Los Blancos are having an all-time low and is struggling in the fight for top four, to make matters worse, they were at the end of two successive defeats against their arch-rivals Barcelona in home matches at the Santiago Bernabeu.
“I think it was not a happy performance,” Mourinho said as a pundit for bEIN Sports. “It was not the performance of a happy team, of a team with great belief and self-esteem.
“Clearly they are now in a zone after a few bad results, especially after the cup match, where they are in a low. They couldn’t bring to the game what I used to call the temperature of the big matches. They were passive.
“I cannot speak about a bad performance, it is just a soft performance. Sometimes you play like this against medium teams and in the end, you get a positive result, but against the top teams you have to do a lot more than this if you want to win.”
Earlier, former Real Madrid president Roman Calderon reckoned that Mourinho will take over the Real Madrid coaching role in the summer.
“I’m pretty sure he has general information about the club of his passion,” Mourinho said. “But he knows more than me because I know absolutely nothing about it at all.”
(Quotes Inputs- AFP)