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José Mourinho at El Larguero, and more

November 12, 2010


First, a great video from Cuatro showing Mou’s “visit’ to the stands on Wednesday.  We get to see exactly what he said to the ref, and I especially love the moments when he called José Morais over to pass directions on to Aitor Karanka, and then in the end Karanka just went over directly because it was faster and easier like that.  Plus, bonus footage of a home video shot by a fan sitting directly behind Mou!

José Mourinho was a guest on El Larguero last night (have a listen here, or watch here, here and here), and I guess his superstar status has been cemented because the program went to La Finca de Pozuelo de Alarcón (where Mou lives), instead of him going to the Cadena Ser studios.

Here are some highlights (from here, because I haven’t had time to listen to the entire interview yet).  I really love the way he talks (in the things he says, I mean).

On going home after games in the Bernabéu: we have a protocol to follow after games in which the rival coach speaks to the press first.  But I convinced them that we should change that because I like to hold the press conferences immediately after.  In addition, my son goes to the games and I want to get home as quickly as possible, because the next day is a working day.  My son and I usually talk after games… I told him the truth about my expulsion.

On his expulsion: the second card was merited.  If I see the referee, I will apologize.

On Sergio Canales:  I spoke with Canales this morning.  He decided to speak with me.  No one had done that until now.  I explained to him why I said what I said, and that I could have spoken to him before to tell him he wasn’t doing things right, but I preferred for him to see for himself on the field that he was going in the wrong direction.  He admitted it, and I’m happy for that because he has a lot of talent, intelligence, and it appears a family that helps him without complicating things.  He’s gone through a difficult moment and I’m convinced that he’ll return to the right path.  He’s a player for Madrid.

[It looks like Sergio C. took Mou’s words to heart, because he showed up on his off day to train with the rest of the team.  Mou’s bad cop tactics worked for Pedro León and Benzema, so hopefully Sergio C. will explode soon as well!]

On Sunday’s game against Gijón: I’ll find a place to watch the game, since I won’t be allowed on the bench… [Gijón has offered him a place in a VIP box].   Gijón’s stadium has a lot of significance for me.  On Nov. 4, 1996, we played a Sporting-Barcelona game there.  After that game, I became a father for the first time when my daughter was born and I can’t forget that stadium and that date for the best reasons in the world.

On watching the Murcia game from the stands: the problem is when you want to say something directly to the team.  There are moments during the game when it’s now or never, and if you’re not there you’ll lose the moment.  You need to communicate and if not you can’t you feel frustrated.  But it’s better that I’m sanctioned than an important player.

On who has impressed him: Di María, who came from the Portuguese league and quickly became an important player.  I thought he would need more time.  Iker is impressive – a leader that knows how to be one without making a lot of noise.  Players who aren’t playing a lot such as Albiol or Arbeloa are fantastic.  It’s more difficult to be great in this situation and they are.

On his reserves: I’m lucky because I have a fantastic group.  A coach that has people like Albiol, Arbeloa, Diarrá, Dudek, Granero… these people play less but work as much or even more than the others, and that makes the group easy to manage.  It’s a privilege.

On how Karanka became his assistant: his profile fit.  I wanted an assistant from the club, that spoke the language of the club.  A few names were suggested and I liked Aitor’s profile, even though he didn’t have a lot of experience, but he was young and enthusiastic.  I also spoke with people who knew him and after three days of analyzing it, I spoke with him.  I’m very content.

On Pep Guardiola: when I was an assistant with Barcelona, we had a good relationship.  I only have good memories.  As a coach, I have no problems; the relationship can’t get better because he’s my rival…  If I were the president of Barcelona, I’d sign him for 50 years.  He’s the ideal coach for Barcelona, he knows the club perfectly.

On FP: we don’t speak as much as I would like because he has his professional life and I have mine.  We speak on the phone almost every day and we meet up once a week, and also with José Ángel Sánchez, Valdano and Pardeza.

On the Portugal-Spain friendly: I won’t watch that game because I’m going to Qatar to see the Argentina-Brazil game.

On the concentraciones: they’re important for me and I won’t get rid of them.

On his reputation as a provocateur: I’m not a provocateur.  It’s just that I’m not stupid and it’s difficult for me to stay quiet in certain situations.

Meanwhile, AS caught up with Pablo Bernal, the fan who got to sit next to Mou in the stands.

Pablo says that was only the second time he had ever been in the Bernabéu, and that even though he’s from Murcia, he’s also a madridista and when Mou was expelled, he was upset.  He adds, “it was incredible watching the game next to him, I admire him a lot.”

And now for the good part.  Pablo says, “I was dying to say something to him, but he was concentrating hard on the game and I didn’t know how he would react if I interrupted him to ask him for an autograph in the middle of the game.  I thought that during the halftime I could do it, but when Higuaín scored, he headed for the locker room.”  I think Mou would either give the autograph without any change in expression, or would have busted out another “vete de mierda”!

Pablo also says that his mother was watching the game in a bar, and when she saw him on TV with Mou, she shouted, “that’s my son!” and the whole bar applauded.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. wandering permalink
    November 12, 2010 09:11

    Ah Una! You made this day more bearable. 😀

  2. amouria permalink
    November 12, 2010 12:05

    lovely translation. thanks a lot….u r great

  3. suzanne permalink
    November 12, 2010 14:07

    awww, thanks again una. the part about his daughter had me tear up. we really have a great coach! i was leary of him at first (ANOTHER coaching change), but he is exactly what we needed.

  4. November 12, 2010 14:17

    Ok, it’s official. As I wrote, before, I used to be sceptic about this man, but now I am totally converted, I cannot not like him now! The part about the birth of his daughter and about his son who comes to the games -adorbs!

    Also, he’s very rational and reasonable when he speaks, and explains his way of thinking very clearly, I really like that! I am such a Mou-Fan now, I cannot wait to the game to see how he will present himself in the stands!!!

    Thanks Una!

    • Margie permalink
      November 13, 2010 02:08

      skeptical of Mourinho? *doesn’t understand this concept* 😮
      Just kidding 😉
      His character is a little sensationalized by the press… he is indeed a very reasonable person 🙂

  5. JulieFromParis permalink
    November 12, 2010 19:00

    Good he apologizes. I like him a lot and im not depicting myself as a saint but I disapprove of his words to the ref. As a teacher, I daily deal with children calling others names or fighting, and of course all those players and coach are their idols. And really it’s quite hard for a six or seven Y old to understand he can’t spit on the floor while ballers spit every five minutes, or he can’t insult others because he disagrees with them. That’s why im really glad Mou said he crossed the line. As my daughter said when she heard about that : “BAAAADDD Mou”

    Sorry about that, from Julie who swears like mad when she’s alone 🙂

  6. November 13, 2010 19:20

    The more I read about mou, the happier I am that he’s our coach.

    Also, I wish I could go to the Argentina-Brazil game in Qatar just to see Mou in person. Unfortunately, it’s nowhere where I live. 😦

  7. MsLaSuerte permalink
    November 14, 2010 18:36

    I’m soooo in love with Mou now!
    He’s unique! He’s extraordinary! And he’s really the Special One! 🙂
    If I were FP, I’d sign him not for fifty years but FOREVER!!!

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