Almeria coach Francisco Rodriguez launched a shock wipe at Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho as he hinted that the Portuguese coach lacks affection towards his players.
The self-proclaimed Special One spent three seasons in La Liga in charge of Real Madrid, and it is safe to say that he wasn’t everybody’s favourite person.
He first ruffled the feathers of then-reigning champions Barcelona, and his feud with Pep Guardiola and never-say-die attitude caused a rift in the Spanish national team.
If tensions weren’t high enough, during Mourinho’s final season in Madrid before returning to the Blues it reaching boiling point as a war of words broke out of the Spanish capital.
Players such as Sergio Ramos, Pepe and Iker Casillas had felt the wrath of their former coach, and Spanish media and Mourinho were no longer on speaking terms towards the end of his stint.
Such ugly scenes ultimately left a black mark on the Spanish game, and Almeria boss Rodriguez felt Mourinho showed little affection for his players in a shock jibe in a sports conference on Thursday.
"We all know that he [Mourinho] gets a lot out of his teams, although maybe he doesn't have that much affection for them as human beings; we have seen clear examples that he doesn't mind humiliating them," Rodriguez is quoted as saying by the Spanish publication AS.
Since returning to the Blues, Mourinho has by his own admission acted more calmly but that hasn’t stopped him from voicing his opinions, controversial or not.
Last season, he left a scathing attack on rival coach Arsene Wenger by labelling him a ’failure’ while also heavily criticising former Stamford Bridge strikers Samuel Eto’o, Demba Ba and Fernando Torres.