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Mou thanks Messi for making him a better coach

Mourinho thanks Messi for his influence in his managerial career

September 13, 2019 By Oscar Rojas
The Special One discussed a number of issues in a recent interview, including life at Real Madrid and his relationship with the Argentine.

Jose Mourinho may not be coaching right now, but he is surely making some headlines.

The Portuguese boss made it to a congress in Spain, and once the press conference concluded, he decided to share a few thoughts on the game. His way of watching football has changed, and the former Manchester United tactician admitted that his views on the beautiful game started changing when he had to face none other than Lionel Messi.

Speaking in this interview with EFE, Mourinho admitted that Messi changed his life and his entire vision of football once he got to face him.

"I've always said that I owe so much to my players, and I also owe too much to those who have not been my players but got my teams in problems. For example, Messi never played for me, but I played against him, and he made me a better coach for having to prepare for the games I had against him," Mourinho said.

Speaking about life at the Bernabeu when Barcelona dazzled the world unde Pep Guardiola, Mourinho did not hold back when praising that team. Even so, his team was able to end their dominance.

"Coaching Real Madrid during that time was hard, because Barcelona dominated every aspect of the game, both on and off the pitch. They played a nice brand of football, and they highly creative players. We were forced to end that dominance," Mourinho added.

The coach was linked to a sensational return to Real Madrid before Zinedine Zidane was appointed one more time as Los Blancos' boss. With that in mind, Mourinho has kept himself from making any statement about his former team, or even trying to watch a game live at the Bernabeu.

"I try not to come to Madrid because I don't want people to think about it the wrong way. I'd love to go to the stadium and watch a game, but I hold back. Those are situations that I want to keep away from," Mourinho stated.

The Portuguese boss concluded the interview by hinting that, in the future, he would return to Real Madrid due to the good feeling between himself and Florentino, even calling himself a Real Madrid fan.

"I have always left my teams as an honest man, I've always given 100% to those who employ me. I remain a friend of all my presidents, even those who sacked me, and that's how I like it to be. I also don't have a problem to say that after three years coaching Real Madrid, I am a madridista. Period. There are things that will never change," Mourinho concluded.

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