Higuain: Mourinho is the difference

Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain thinks Jose Mourinho’s motivational skills will be key to beating Barcelona in the sides’ Copa del Rey quarter-fin The coach led Real to victory over the Catalans in the final of last season’s edition of the competition. But Mourinho has come off second best overall to Pep Guardiola’s men, losing two out of three league meetings against Barca, as well as seeing his side edged out…

January 18, 2012
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Oezil Praises Mourinho´s Influence

Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Oezil has thanked coach Jose Mourinho for playing a big role in his development. The Germany international joined Real Madrid from Werder Bremen in the summer of 2010 and has since developed into a key player under the guidance of Mourinho. “He has had a huge impact on me. I want to thank him for putting his faith in me. That has really helped me develop…

December 6, 2011
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‘Just Hand Barcelona The Trophy Next Season’: Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo believes Barcelona were given ‘outside help’ in their Champions League semi-final clash with Real Madrid, suggesting the Catalan club be handed the trophy next season to save hassle. The Portuguese forward was incensed by the performance of the referee during the clash at Camp Nou – which was drawn 1-1 to send Barca through – and backed up his manager Jose Mourinho’s claims of a conspiracy in favour…

May 4, 2011
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Pep Guardiola Avoids Latest Controversy

Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola has sidestepped Real Madrid’s latest referee criticism and is already looking to the Champions League final. Barcelona progressed to the decider at Wembley in London on May 28 at the expense of arch-rivals Real Madrid, who Guardiola and his men were facing for the fourth time in 18 days. True to form, Tuesday’s match was not without its controversy – even with Guardiola’s opposing manager Jose…

May 4, 2011
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‘Things Must Be Bad For José Mourinho’: Arsène Wenger

There were plenty of things to dislike about José Mourinho during his three seasons in London, not least his thoroughly unpleasant baiting of Arsène Wenger.”It was a game decided on the sending-off, which looked a bit harsh,” he wrote in his programme notes on Sunday. Wenger, we know, is hardly a pal of Mourinho. In essence, nevertheless, he was agreeing with the Portuguese coach, who was incensed when the referee…

May 3, 2011
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Didier Drogba Lined Up By Real Madrid In £15m Bid

Real Madrid are preparing to offer £15million for Chelsea striker Didier Drogba in a bid to keep Jose Mourinho as manager. The Spanish club have been wracked in turmoil behind the scenes this season with Mourinho jostling for more power from president Florentino Perez and general director Jorge Valdano. The ‘Special One’ has made it clear he is willing to walk away at the end of the season unless he…

April 1, 2011
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