Jose Mourinho has reflected that Real Madrid’s recent run of big game results is not the biggest or best that he has achieved as a Coach.
In three consecutive games, the Portuguese tactician oversaw Cup and League Clasico wins over Barcelona and a Champions League Last 16 second leg win at Manchester United.
Even so, Mourinho does not see it as that important an achievement.
“Yes it was a good week with three good wins but I’ve had bigger, better wins,” reflected the 50-year-old to The Sun today.
“The best run of all was winning the three matches to claim the three titles with Inter. First we won the Italian Cup beating Roma in the final.
“Then we went to Siena where we won to become Italian champions. Finally we had the Champions League final in Madrid and we won it with a victory over Bayern Munich.
“Now that is what I call a special run. Maybe you can understand why I’m not over the moon because we won at Old Trafford.
“It was, of course, an important win and I know we can go on from here to win the Champions League.
“But I also know we can be out in the next round because the Champions League is full of good teams. So I am calm and I am cool.”
Mourinho was asked if taking Madrid to the Champions League title this season would be reason enough for him to walk away from the club in the summer.
“I never base my decisions on whether I win or not. I work at the top level every day thinking only about the club and never worried about myself.”
The former Chelsea boss then reflected on Ryan Giggs, who made his 1,000th professional appearance in United’s home defeat to Madrid.
“Amazing is the only word to describe Ryan Giggs. I told him that in the tunnel before the match and the way he performed for 90 minutes at this level is simply amazing.
“You can’t choose another word.
“I believe that Sir Alex has a lot of respect for Ryan and also for Paul Scholes — these boys that he’s known since they were kids.
“Secondly, I believe he knows how good they still are and what they can still give to a team.
“Because a team is a mixture of ingredients and the younger ones need these personalities around them to help them grow up as players.
“Can Cristiano Ronaldo emulate them? I am sure Cris can do it but I don’t know yet if he wants to.
“That is the point with Giggs and Scholes — they still can play and they still want to play. I just hope for the good of football that Cris will want to as well.”