Fabio Capello has reflected on Jose Mourinho and Iker Casillas’ respective issues at Real Madrid, philosophising that no-one is bigger than the club.
The Italian Coach is a friend of Mourinho’s and attended the Dubai International Sports Conference along with the Portuguese this week.
Capello, who is now head Coach of the Russian national team, also spent two separate seasons on the bench at Madrid, and so was asked to reflect on the current difficulties Mourinho is facing there.
“When you train at Madrid, you should know that before and after you there is Madrid and the Madrid fans,” the veteran told reporters.
“Above the Coach and the players, above everyone, is the name of Madrid. The only one who has done something different and whose name is closest to that of Madrid’s is Santiago Bernabeu, as President. And as Coach and player, Di Stefano.”
Capello did not go into specifics when asked of Mourinho’s decision to drop Casillas for Week 17’s defeat at Malaga, but hinted at why he believes it was taken.
“The players are very fortunate for their work. As a Coach I only ask for respect, for the people to work with me and to be disciplined.
“Some players get angry when I change them, but I explain that the changes are made to improve the game. It does not help to be angry.
“I ask them why they think they have to play, if I decide to play someone else. Not everything is held in the field, the behaviour is also important.”