Xavi is unimpressed with the ‘Special One’s’ time at Madrid.
Barcelona star Xavi has laid into new Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho for the 50-year-old’s three-year tenure at Real Madrid.
The play-maker was not entirely happy with the way Mourinho conducted himself on and off the pitch and doesn’t necessarily think he was a good influence at the Santiago Bernabeu, or on La Liga as a whole.
“I obviously don’t like the football his sides play,” Xavi was quoted in Marca.
“It was frustrating to see them play because they had an idea and a concept of play. Incredible players like Zidane, Roberto Carlos and others,”
“[Under Mourinho] it bears no resemblance and he has left no legacy for the future”.
It is a scathing attack on the Portuguese boss and is in stark contrast of what many have said about the manager in the last decade and also how revered Mourinho is at the Blues.
Yet the midfielder is clearly unhappy with the way the former Inter Milan and FC Porto man conducted himself in Spain and his time at Madrid is arguably the worst spell he has had in charge of any team.
Whilst Mourinho won the Champions League with both Porto and Inter, as well as successive Premier League titles at Chelsea, at the Santiago Bernabeu the Portuguese boss triumphed in just two major competitions with one Copa Del Rey and one La Liga.
In west London Mourinho has certainly been welcomed back with open arms and will be lauded as a hero by most Blues fans, but in Spain the opinion of the ‘Special One’ is clearly not so positive and it’s likely Xavi’s views are shared by several others in the nation.