Exclusive: Jose Mourinho’s translated interview

by Joseph Sexton

If he (the referee) says that he’s sorry to UEFA, I will end my career today. Why can he not, I ask. Why? How can we have Obrevo, Bussaca, Stark? Why? Every semi-final, it’s the same thing. We are speaking about a FANTASTIC football team. So why is what Obrevo did at Stamford Bridge two years ago necessary? Why what happened against Inter last year? You need a miracle to beat them.

Not let us try and finish the tie when it could have gone on for three hours and ended 0-0? With our strategy we were not going to lose. So why did we? Maybe it’s because advertising Unicef gets you sympathy, maybe having [Spanish Football Federation chief) Villar on UEFA gets you sympathy, or some form of congratulations for being a great football team? I don't know why. All I can do is leave this question and wait to see if there'll be any response.

I should not have to be here, and it should not have been a red card. Let's see if somebody will explain why because I don't understand. A foul, yes, a free to Barcelona and then? Miraculously, a red. So, next week we'll play in Barcelona in the second leg. If we were talking about something difficult in sporting terms, after what happened tonight it's simply impossible. They have to get to final... and they will get to final. Full stop. Why does such a great team need something every time, something so obvious for all to see? Obervo, Bussaca, and now Stark...

Football is a game that should be played with the rules applied equally to all. And at the end, it should be won by the better team, the team that deserves it most. It would have been better today if we'd drawn nil-all, and if in the second leg Barca had beaten us, we would accepted it is 'fair-play'.

Why in a game that was so finely balanced at 0-0, did he [Stark] have to do what he did? Only the referee can answer that one; but he won’t. Last year, at Inter we had a miracle to to progress with 10 men, but another miracle this year simply wasn’t possible.

Yes; Real Madrid is now eliminated from the Champions League. We will go with total pride and respect. At times it disgusts me to live in such a world, to earn my living in this world that is football. We will to to the Camp Nou proudly; without Pepe, who did nothing, with Sergio Ramos, who did nothing wrong, and without a coach… And if, somehow, we go there and score and perhaps open this tie just a little bit- they’ll kill us all over again. We have no chance no matter what we do. Is it because they are better? Is that why they will win? Or…? They should by football, and football alone. So why not? It must taste different to win, and to win fairly.

I know what people felt about that that Chelsea game, what happened to Inter last year, and now I feel it with Madrid this year. It’s not hypocrisy, I am trying to be honest. It’s not a drama to me, I feel too sad and frustrated by what has happened. Tomorrow is another day. All that matters to me now is to go back home, where my wonderful family awaits me.

I’m sure they’re not bad people, so they must have this feeling in them; to know that win in this way has a bitter taste. We beat them last week in the Copa del Rey final. We know what it feels like to win properly, to celebrate with peace of mind, and this is why Real Madrid is a great team.

Yes, I commented on Josep Guardiola’s words afterward freely, but the atmosphere was charged. And Guardiola in turn replied to me freely, with a little bit of politics. I believe that politics should not come into football. But today’s referee was something else!

I’ve won two Champions Leagues; one with Porto, the other with Inter. Both were won ON the field. We won both through had work, struggle and sweat. Guardiola is an exceptional manager, but if I was to win the Champions League the way that he won his, I would be embarrassed. And now, if he wins it this year, the win will be tainted by the scandal of the Bernabéu. I hope that maybe one year he will win a Champions League that will have been totally deserved. I thought that I could address him as ‘tu’… Well, now I see that I’m not allowed to. Okay then. I will call him ‘Señor Josep’. Well Señor Josep, I hope that one day you too will win a clean Champions League, not yet another one sullied by scandals.

Author Info

Joseph Sexton

Joseph Sexton

Freelance European football journalist based in Barcelona. Obsessive follower of all things La Liga, Serie A, and League of Ireland with more than a passing interest in the South American scene. Contributor to (amongst others) The Irish Examiner, STV, Forza Futbol, Cork Evening Echo, Eircom Sports Hub, World Football Daily, Spanish Football Podcast, The Elastico, Radio Cadena SER and Sports Tonight Live. (Cork) City 'til I die.

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11 Responses

  1. jade says:

    mourinho again shows very selective memory poor referee decisions have worked quite well for him in the past namely scholes goal ruled offside against porto

    translation should just read whine whine why are barca better? the end

    neither team came out of the game with much credit awful game sad to see

    1. Areign says:

      or sneijders goal not ruled offsides against barcelona last year. or bojans goal called back for a nonexistent handball…….ok maybe im bitter, but i think if the second leg goes as planned i will be able to get over it.

  2. It’s worth looking at this piece by Miguel Delaney a while back on the issue of whether referees favour Barcelona in Europe also: http://eircomsports.eircom.net/News/Barca-European-decisions.aspx

    1. Michael says:

      This so called study is pile of rubbish! Only in Stamford Bridge calamity Barca were spared at least two penalties and some would say four!!!

  3. Neil Sherwin Neil Sherwin says:

    On the ball as always Joseph, really interesting to read.

  4. Areign says:

    as pep said, he is the f’kin man in the press room, but Barcelona does their talking on the pitch.

  5. John says:

    He forgot Robin van Persie’s comedy sending off against Barca.

    1. Mourinho forgot Van Persie’s sending off? No, not quite. He did mention that (something along the lines of “Even Arsenal has a man sent off against them! Arsenal!”), but it wasn’t listed anywhere I sourced the quotes from last night. I was working hard to get the piece up, before I was able to catch the entire (or indeed, any) clip.

      Incidentally, here’s a bit of video in case anyone’s interested.

      http://www.citytv.com.co/videos/418010/las-duras-declaraciones-de-mourinho-sobre-el-clasico-real-madrid-vs-barcelona

  6. bulers says:

    They might do their talking on the pitch, yes. But they do a lot of a baloney on it too.

    Surely no Barca fan can be proud of Busquets clutching his face every damn time he falls down when nothing but the wind hit it? Surely no Barca fan can be proud when Dani Alves writhes in simulated pain after a Pepe tackle which was dangerous, but yet did not hit Alves at all? Oh and he rode the stretcher too for good measure, only to come running back seconds later!

    This is beyond preposterous. I have always stood firm in preferring La Liga’s skillful, technical game. But this match was an advert for supporting EPL, really. Overt cheating just overwhelms everything else at some point.

  7. Ah, a link to the full thing but no doubt youtube will take it down soon like the rest. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Adn33mk71No

    El escandalo de Yoube? ;)

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