Jose Mourinho Reveals The Only Loss That Caused Him To Cry
Jose Mourinho has revealed that Real Madrid's elimination from the Champions League in 2012 was the only time a loss in football has brought him to tears.
The Spurs manager has had many great successes in his career, including ending Barcelona's dominance in Spain back in 2012, when his Real side broke records to topple Pep Guardiola's side at the top of La Liga.
However, despite looking like the dominant force in Europe that season, Los Blancos came up short in the Champions League, losing on penalties in the semi final to Bayern Munich.
Three of Mourinho's most important players that season, Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos and Kaka, all missed from the spot in the game that left the manager emotional.
"Cristiano, Kaka, Sergio Ramos. They are three monsters of football, there is no doubt about that. But they are also human. That night is the only time I have ever cried after a football match," Mourinho told Marca.
"I remember it well: me and Aitor [Karanka] parked in the car in front of my house, crying. It was very hard to take because in that 2011-12 season we were the best team in Europe."
Real reached 100 points to win La Liga in the same season and scored an incredible 121 goals in their 38 games, with Barcelona nine points behind and having scored 114 goals themselves.
Speaking about the 'rock and roll' style that they were described as using to win the title Mourinho said, "Yes, I remember that expression well. We had a very clearly defined playing identity. We were always very well organised defensively above anything else on the pitch and everyone knew exactly what they had to do.
"There was also lots of discipline and organisation behind that team's game. And we were capable of making transitions that were very explosive, quick and direct towards the objective, always looking towards the goal with connections that were almost unstoppable.
"They were great players who played like a true team. In the end, that was the key to everything."
The title win ended Barca and Guardiola's run of three titles in a row, in which they also won the Champions League twice in the run, but the Catalan giants ended 2011/12 with only the Copa del Rey to their name.
It was the end of Guardiola's spell at the Nou Camp with his rivalry against Mourinho leaving him tired of managing the La Liga side.
Mourinho would only last one more season at the Bernabeu and ended with just one league title, one Copa del Rey and one Supercopa from his time in charge.