Former Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho revealed that he did not want to join Barcelona in 2008.
Jose Mourinho spent three seasons at Real Madrid, during which he won La Liga once. However, two years before Mourinho’s move in 2010, he was linked with the job at Barcelona that eventually went to former player Pep Guardiola. After three seasons at Madrid, Mourinho returned to Chelsea before joining Manchester United in 2016.
In a documentary titled “Report +”, the Portuguese manager revealed that he was asked to do an analysis of the Barcelona team in 2008, but nothing more:
“They asked me to analyze the situation of the team in an ugly, overwhelming and difficult time. The person who asked me was a top person in the club. I did it, but nothing more. Then, fortunately for me, the story came to an end.”
Needless to say, while recent football history might have gone in a very different direction had Jose Mourinho joined Barcelona as coach, the Portuguese was never close to joining the competition. Real Madrid’s biggest.
Former Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho was never close to joining Barcelona
Jose Mourinho in 2008 is considered one of the best coaches in world football. He won the Champions League with Porto, two Premier League titles with Chelsea, and went on to win the treble with Inter Milan less than two years later.
While his CV is extremely impressive, his style of play may have upset the Barcelona hierarchy. The club already has a certain Lionel Messi along with a talented team of up-and-coming players who just need experience to become world beaters.
Barcelona’s tradition also requires a certain kind of ownership-based football, which Mourinho may have been reluctant to adopt. The Portuguese has his own style of play that he has never let go of during his long and illustrious career.
While the prospect of managing a player of Lionel Messi’s caliber alongside the stars of the Barcelona team can be tempting, a number of factors must have played a part. Regardless, the manager himself will have a few regrets, and has had an illustrious career to date.
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