Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho suffered a fractured relationship with a number of Real Madrid stars and has shared his feelings in his explosive new 'Special One' book.
Jose Mourinho and the Real Madrid politics were always going to have a rocky relationship, but not many expected it to reach the low level it did during Mourinho’s last season in the Spanish capital.
The Blues boss has always admired the friendly English media, and the English media have always been fair with the self-proclaimed Special One.
In Spain and Italy, however, his adventures were not so smooth and his final year in Madrid was spent alone, longing for a return to the Premier League and Chelsea.
In an extract in his new book The Special One, Spanish press Diario report Jose Mourinho’s developments in Madrid and how he attempted to warn his players what Barcelona truly think of them.
“He [Mourinho] told his players that they had nothing in common with Barcelona. He said that from his time in Barcelona, he learned that children from a young age – such as Pique, Puyol and Xavi - had been taught to distance themselves from the Madrid crowd like Casillas, Arbeloa and Sergio Ramos.”
The Chelsea boss then warned his players that friendships do not exist between Barcelona and that of the Spanish team, and that they must take on the part of the ‘bad guys’ to show they are behind him.
Whilst Mourinho and his team managed to close the gap on Barcelona and temporarily claw La Liga title from their grasps, he added in great depth where the problems really began.
Following a Real Madrid draw with Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu, it was revealed that someone leaked the teamsheet before the match. Mourinho took it as betrayal, reacting in anger.
He exploded: “You are a bunch of traitors. I asked you not to say anything about the line-up but you have betrayed me. You have demonstrated that you are not by my side. The only friend I have in this dressing room is Granero and I’m not even sure I can trust him again. You are the most traitorous team I have had in my life.”
After such a strenuous stay in Madrid, it is perhaps clearer now why the Chelsea boss refers to himself as The Happy One.