Jose Mourinho has reflected on the strength of his friendship with Sir Alex Ferguson, ahead of their Champions League Last 16 clash this week.
Real Madrid host Manchester United in the first leg of their European knockout fixture and ahead of that Portuguese Coach Mourinho was in Manchester to watch United beat Everton on Sunday [pictured].
Speaking to reporters after the Red Devils’ 2-0 win, Mourinho commented on the close affinity he feels with Fergie, who he met up with before yesterday’s match at Old Trafford.
“I feel privileged about that [the friendship] because he is such an important person in the world of football and, more importantly, he is good person,” Mourinho reflected to MUTV.
“I have always had a fantastic relationship with him and I am proud of it. We have had so many matches between us which started with Porto.
“We had some with Chelsea, Inter and now Real. Some I had won, some I have lost, others I have drawn.
“Of course, I want to win and he wants to win, but I believe the loser will have a little bit of space to feel a little bit happy because of the friendship.
“But make no mistake, I want to win.”
Mourinho believes that the game is the pick of the round this year.
“It is the match the world is waiting for. People think we are under pressure because a big team will be out.
“But it is the kind of match we want and the people are not waiting for any other game. I hope we give them what they want.”