Friday October 19 2012
Mou: PSG not a great team

Real Madrid Coach Jose Mourinho has slated Jorge Valdano, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain in a typically forthright interview.

The Portuguese was queried on a number of controversial topics in conversation with the magazine France Football.

Without naming him, Mou made his contempt for former Real director Valdano clear.

“If we analyse, we must do so with justice. Nobody here knew [Sami] Khedira. The person hypothetically responsible for this work didn't know who he was. They didn't know he was in the last year of his contract and we could get him very cheap, nor that [Mesut] Ozil was having problems with Werder Bremen.

“Hamit Altintop? A sporting failure, but an economic success. We signed him then he got injured.”

Mourinho then turned to eternal rivals Barcelona.

“I think its time to talk less of Barcelona. Why talk of them? Madrid is the champion of Spain and Chelsea the champion of Europe. They are neither one nor the other.”

The former Inter tactician, who also revealed that he had turned Los Blancos down twice before finally accepting the job in 2010, then gave his thoughts on the growing power of French football, PSG.

“They're still not a great team. A good team, with great players, but if you ask me can Leonardo and Carlo Ancelotti win the Champions League this season, I would say no.

“The last time I was asked about PSG I said they had a great Coach and there was no need to sign Mourinho. I like being where I am, Madrid, and that's the truth.”

The 49-year-old denied suggestions he had a poor relationship with another ex-Real director Zinedine Zidane, and lamented fullback Fabio Coentrao's lack of consistency.

“I don't know where these stories come from. Zidane decided to be a Coach, and we are here to help, not make life difficult.

“Coentrao returned from the World Cup, where he was the best left back, but showed a level that was not his. At Euro 2012, again, he was one of the best in the competition, but here, not yet. The club environment is difficult.”

Football Italia website