NEWS
Monday September 24 2012
Queiroz: Florentino heeds Mourinho

Former Real Madrid boss Carlos Queiroz insists President Florentino Perez’s ‘new strategy’ is to listen to boss Jose Mourinho.

Queiroz, currently in charge of the Iranian national team, was at the helm at the Santiago Bernabeu in the 2003-04 season and says things were very different back then.

“I disagreed with the policy of the President at that time but I'm delighted with the policy of the President now, who listens to the Coach and heeds his advice.

”As a result, the club have won two important titles in the last two years,” he declared in an interview with fifa.com.

Mozambique-born Queiroz, who was Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant manager at Manchester United, also referred to the intense rivalry that is generated between Real Madrid and Barcelona and their domination of Spanish football over the last few years.

“They are two radically different entities. Barcelona have great players like [Lionel] Messi, Xavi [Hernandez] and [Andres] Iniesta, who have allowed them to collect a lot of titles in the last few years – and in style too.

“Once Real rediscovered their identity, though, they were able to dominate Barcelona, thanks also to excellent players.

“I think they are the best two teams around at the moment. Messi and Ronaldo are the kings of football. They're exact opposites, but our sport needs them both.

“As a coach, you don't want to come up against them, but that doesn't stop you feeling treated every time you see them.”

Football Italia website