Jose Mourinho reveals he struggled to leave Inter for Real Madrid and “relied on Louis van Gaal’s ego” to beat Bayern Munich.
The Coach took them to historic heights in 2010 when winning the Champions League, Scudetto and Coppa Italia.
When his final match in charge, the Champions League Final against Bayern Munich, was played in Madrid, he had already signed for Real.
“I have to tell you something I’ve never said before,” Mourinho confessed in a special interview with Italian online platform DAZN.
“The reason I didn’t go back to Milan after the game is because I thought if I had returned to Milan, I never would’ve gone to Real Madrid.
“I wanted to escape from my emotions. I didn’t even go into the dressing room, as I wouldn’t have been able to control myself.
“I had made the decision to go to Real Madrid. I hadn’t signed the contract yet, but I had decided. I’d already said no to them twice and a third time was impossible.
“I just knew and feared that returning to Milan to celebrate the Champions League would make me change my mind. That was my mistake.
“I do miss my players. You can’t turn back time, we cannot experience again those moments, but I do miss them. I will say one thing remains: they are my friends and I am their friend. That is how I see them: friends forever.
“We won three trophies in the span of 15 days and Diego Milito scored four goals. Historic.”
Mourinho had some harsh words for then-Bayern Munich Coach Van Gaal when describing the Champions League Final triumph.
“I knew Van Gaal, I knew that his ego would be an advantage for me and I relied on that. The Final was won before we even set foot on the pitch.
“We achieved something unique and that gave me an eternal bond with this club and this country. Inter in 2010 weren’t just the greatest Inter in history, but also the team with the greatest achievement in Italian football history.
“Those players and I are icons. Italy made football history and we reached its pinnacle.”
Moratti: 'What Mourinho did to Inter...'
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On his 75th birthday, former Inter President Massimo Moratti confessed Roberto Mancini, Jose Mourinho and Rafa Benitez situations overshadowed success. ‘What Mou did was terrible.’
The Nerazzurri won the Treble in 2010, but on the eve of the Champions League Final with Bayern Munich, Mourinho had already agreed terms with Real Madrid.
“It’s Inter’s destiny, I suppose,” Moratti told La Stampa newspaper. “We won the Scudetto against Parma with Mancini on the bench, I had already signed Mourinho and didn’t know how to get out of it.
“Then there’s the night in Madrid… After that, at the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi, Benitez let loose and told us he wanted to leave. Let’s just say Inter always found a way of complicating positive situations.
“If I look back now, what Mou did was terrible, but we got along so well and I knew that intervening would’ve just raised the tension, so I stayed quiet, even though I was aware of what was going on.
“It would’ve been like asking an athlete just before the 100m race what shoes he was wearing. You just want him to win. Let’s say that Mourinho didn’t want to run the 200m race too, but he could’ve waited until the morning after to tell me about it.”
Well Moratti was right to contact and hire Jose not just in hindsight, but also because Mancini said he will leave after we lost to Liverpool in the CL so a replacement had to be lined up.
No Interista had any problem with Jose leaving to pursue another challenge at Real Madrid, although we probably would have won another Scudetto had Jose stayed at Inter. But he is forgiven for what he achieved already at Inter.
Benitez went public attacking Massimo so he had to go, especially as he was the coach responsible for ending our Serie A domination, although Rafa is right in the sense that the club did not strengthen much. A mercato of Coutinho, Biabiany and Castellazzi, well compare that to 2009 mercato but I understand Massimo not spending after all what he spent and what we achieved.
So imo Massimo Moratti has no fault whatsoever in Mancini or Jose leaving Inter, but his rather poor mercato for 10-11 did lead to Rafa bursting, then again, a Treble winning squad doesn't become crap and injured over night so while Massimo did not strengthen it much, he didn't sell anyone important except Balotelli and the squad Benitez had was still competitive enough for Italy.
Another coach who left after winning a trophy was Leonardo, but it was him who decided to switch from coach to PSG director.
Jose Mourinho ‘knew’ Inter would win the Champions League after beating Barcelona, admits being ‘harsh’ on his team and claims hugging Marco Materazzi meant ‘embracing all the Nerazzurri players’.
On this day in 2010, Inter completed the historic Treble with a 2-0 win against Bayern Munich in the Champions League Final.
The Portuguese tactician and the current Tottenham Hotspur coach spoke to La Gazzetta dello Sport about his relationship with the club and the players and why he immediately left after the campaign.
“I was at my best in my career when I felt at home, where I could feel the emotions of my group, where I was 200 per cent in it with my heart,” Mourinho told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“That’s why, on May 22 in Madrid, I was content to experience the happiness of others, all the way from [President Massimo] Moratti to the people working in the warehouse.
“I had already won a Champions League. I used to think of my self first and then the others: at Inter, it was never like that.
“In a family, when you become a father, you understand that someone is more important than you and that you move into second place.
“Ten years later, we are all together again. Just the other day I spoke to Alessio. In my time, he was the driver. Where and when does it happen that a coach who leaves, ten years later still talks to the driver? Never. That’s Inter for me, this is my people.”
But Mourinho admits that it wasn’t all rosy during his spell at the Giuseppe Meazza and confessed that he sometimes crossed a line.
“There are other relationships too: I coach, you play. Empathy depends on the ability to accept me as I am. It’s like a puzzle.
“At Inter, there were people waiting for someone like me to complete that puzzle. I’m never fake, I’m original: it’s me, and that’s that.
“I was also harsh, but it was me. Especially after the defeat in Bergamo [3-1 in January, 2009]. I was very violent with the players, right after having told them that they had won the Scudetto of poor performances.
“I understood that I had hurt them, because only afterwards I understood the things that had happened before, and I apologised.”
Mourinho didn't return to Milan after winning the Treble in Madrid, in fear of changing his mind about moving to Real Madrid the following summer.
“If I had returned from Madrid to Milan, with the team around and the fans who would have chanted: ‘Jose stay here with us’, perhaps I would never have left.
“I hadn’t already signed with Real Madrid before the Final. Someone said that Real came to our hotel before the Final, but that’s not true.
“I wanted to go to Real, they wanted me the year before. I went to Moratti’s house to tell him and he stopped me from going. I had already rejected Real when I was at Chelsea and you can’t say no three times to Madrid.
“I had decided to leave after the second semi-final against Barcelona, because I knew I would win the Champions League.
“I had prepared Moratti: without words, the temperature of our embrace on the pitch made him understand what I wanted.
“He said: ‘After this, you have the right to leave’. It was correct to do what I wanted, not to be happy. In fact, I was happier in Milan than in Madrid.”
The 57-year-old thrived as Inter’s enemies ‘wept’ and wonders if God put defender Materazzi against the wall during the moment of the famous embrace between two heroes.
“Our noisy enemies, who then wept, was beautiful. The tremor was stronger than the noise and if you think about it, it’s the same thing.
“When there’s noise, it’s because there is fear. I got out of the car to embrace [Marco] Materazzi because he was the symbol of the sadness in all of us, and of what a team player must be.
“When the team needed him – Chelsea, Roma, Siena – he was there. I’m a catholic and I believe in these things. Maybe it was God who put him there against that wall, as the last player I saw.
“By hugging him, I embraced all my players. And I say one thing: it makes me wonder why someone like him – as a coach, manager, warehouse worker, driver, I don’t know – is not at Inter.
“Why did I stop saying that I will return to Inter one day? I know why you are asking me this question, I’m not stupid.”
Best quotes imho from the Football Italia article (originally gazzetta's) were the driver part and the crying enemies part.
I can understand Moratti not opposing Jose's desire to leave post-Treble. Moratti himself felt he reached the pinnacle, the top, and if I am not mistaken we didn't really sign anyone overly expensive between 2010 and 2013 when the club was sold to Thohir. Moratti's hunger for winning obviously wasn't the same as before.
I remember that Atalanta game in 08-09 (terrible performance), Atalanta were not as good as now obviously but still had tricky players like Doni and Floccari. Jose never won in Bergamo in his 2 seasons here, ftr.
The squad that had been assembled was also very much in its twillight, almost designed to peak in 09-10 and then rapidly decline. Everyone was 30ish, except Sneijder who, as expected, wouldn't continue his good form, and Motta who, also expected, would get injured again.