The Portuguese says he doesn’t need to defend himself because he has won so much, causing an unfair amount of expectation to be thrust upon him
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho says he should be judged by his achievements and not by his failure to win the Champions League with the club.
The Portuguese has won league titles in four different countries and is one of only three coaches to win the Champions League with two different clubs. He also holds the record for the most points and goals scored in a Liga season.
But Mourinho has not yet been able to lift European football’s greatest prize in his time at the Santiago Bernabeu and he hit out at critics for failing to note his impressive list of achievements.
“I am always hoping there is some ‘smart guy’ who will ask me a question which requires a piece of paper,” the 50-year-old told reporters at a press conference.
“The record league title is mine; I have played in three Champions League semi-finals, which doesn’t personally leave me satisfied. [But] it can’t be easy because 18 coaches in 21 years [have only reached] five Champions League semi-finals at Real Madrid. The bad guy is Mourinho, with three in three seasons.
“My work is never valued in absolute terms but in terms of what I have achieved and that’s my fault because I have won so much that the expectations are always much higher than what I am able to achieve later on.
“You journalists will want to wipe me off the list but you won’t be able to – only when there is a team which wins 101 points [in La Liga]. Twenty years without winning the Copa – and we won it. The records of (100 points, 121 goals) is mine, it can’t be deleted and it doesn’t feed my ego.”
Mourinho has been strongly-linked with a return to Chelsea this summer and could well call time on his stay in Madrid at the end of the season.