Chelsea boss: Real Madrid players were too vain

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has criticised his former players at Real Madrid for being more concerned with the mirror than the match at the Bernabeu.

The 51-year-old Portuguese spent three years in the Spanish capital where he won the La Liga title as well as two domestic cups before falling out with a number of high profile Spain internationals and returning to Stamford Bridge last summer.

Seldom one to mince his words, Mourinho criticised his players at his former club in Spain for being vain. During his time in Madrid, he fell out with Spain national team captain Iker Casillas, a number of Barcelona players as well as a few of his own.

"Lots of times at Real Madrid, the players would be queuing in front of the mirror before the game while the referee waited for them in the tunnel," Mourinho told Esquire.

With the likes of Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo and defender Sergio Ramos in his squad it’s no surprise the ‘pin ups’ and ‘heartthrobs’ for many fans would spent a little time staring at their own reflection but Mourinho seems to believe it’s more a reflection of the modern game.

"But that's how society is now. Young people care a lot about this: they are twentysomething and I am 51 and if I want to work with kids I have to understand their world,” he added.

He also fired shots at the profiteering nature of agents and players’ representatives in the modern era of football where, as he asserts, improving bank balances comes before improving on the pitch and in training:

"What I feel is that, before, players were trying to make money during their career, be rich at the end of their career but, in this moment, the people who surround them try to make them rich before they start their career."

Mourinho has oftentimes offloaded players he felt weren’t committed to his cause – most recently Spain international Juan Mata was sold to Premier League rivals Manchester United for a club record fee after being ousted from favour and falling down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.

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