Jorge Valdano claims Mourinho has never said anything ”worth remembering” about football.
Former Real Madrid director general Jorge Valdano has criticised Jose Mourinho in his new book, claiming the Portuguese manager cannot be classed as a great coach because his old rival Pep Guardiola is better, Goal.com reports.
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Valdano has a long association with Los Blancos, being a former player, coach and sporting director. He was sacked from his last position at the club in 2011 after a long feud with Mourinho.
It appears that the 58-year-old has yet to forgive the former Madrid coach, claiming the Portuguese is an inferior manager to former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola by comparing him to composer Antonio Salieri.
Writing in his book ‘The Eleven Powers of the Leader’ Valdano said: “If Guardiola is Mozart, then Mourinho is Salieri. He would be a great musician if Mozart did not exist.
“Mourinho is a personality made for these noisy and empty times. I never heard him say something about football, in public or in private, that was worth remembering.
“I could never understand him as we were coming from opposite poles. Intelligence and egos are enemies – when they clash, the ego wins.”
During an interview discussing his book, Valdano elaborated on his views regarding Mourinho, admitting that the former Inter Milan boss does get results through his methods but claims his biggest failure was not winning the Champions League in his three years at the Santiago Bernabeu.
He said: “Mourinho is a professional, passionate and winning coach but his thinking on the game is very different than mine. He is much more interested in results and he often gets them.
“But he had one of the best squads in the history of Real Madrid and always remained just outside the door of the Champions League. That was the big challenge which he did not manage to succeed at.”
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