Jose Mourinho believes that Real Madrid are not getting the recognition he feels they deserve, and has also commented on Radamel Falcao.
The Portuguese took Real to the League title last term in record-breaking circumstances, but in talking to A Bola TV, reflected that many still hold Barcelona as greater.
“There is a group of philosophers who think that there is only one way to play football. There are many ways and the two teams are at an equal level, albeit with different styles,” he reflected in the interview that was aired in full last night in Portugal.
“The team with the records is Madrid. We were the ones with more points, more goals, more wins… and it seems that the team has no right to take its deserved place in history.”
This interview was the one that also saw Mourinho passionately call for Cristiano Ronaldo to win the Ballon d’Or, and it also saw him briefly talk of Colombian forward Falcao, who has been linked with a cross-city move to the Bernabeu.
“Falcao is a forbidden subject. He is a star player and fundamental for our great rivals just as Sergio Aguero was before, and there is a kind of unofficial pact of non-aggression between Madrid and Atletico. Nonetheless, he is very good and is a great player.”
The Coach was also asked for comment on Fabio Coentrao, linked with a return to Benfica and Ricardo Carvalho, who is yet to appear for the team this season.
“We are in a time that is very easy for the Press to invent stories and lie. Coentrao is not going through an easy time, but it is totally impossible for him to leave in January for Benfica.
“We thought that Carvalho wanted to go because we have a great couple of centre-backs and two great deputies, but in the end he decided to stay.
“For us there is no problem, perhaps he does so because he wants to play more.”
Mourinho also defended Pepe and his on-pitch image for aggression.
“He is haunted by the referees, and fouls and yellow cards are drawn to him. He has created a certain image but he has a tremendous personality and is a fantastic player who continues to progress.
“Initially what happened was bad, but now he has much improved and is well respected in the dressing room.”