Jose Mourinho: I'm proud to have won La Liga at difficult time
Soccer head coach Jose Mourinho speaks at the presentation of the sports application LiveScore in Madrid, Spain, 12 September 2019. EPA-EFE/RODRIGO JIMENEZ
(L-R) Spanish National Professional Football League LaLiga President Javier Tebas, former soccer player Samuel Eto'o and soccer coach Jose Mourinho attend the presentation of the sports application LiveScore in Madrid, Spain, 12 September 2019. EPA-EFE/RODRIGO JIMENEZ
Madrid, Sep 12 (efe-epa).- Jose Mourinho said Thursday he is proud of having won the top Spanish football league during a special and hard time to claim the title.
The Portuguese coach said during an event organized by La Liga in Madrid that he was proud to have "won your league and do it at a time that was truly special and difficult to win it."
He was referring to the 2011-12 La Liga title which he won at the helm of Real Madrid when he led the team to collect 100 points, nine points ahead of historical rival Barcelona.
"My best memory is when you win it. I came to Spain because I wanted to train Real Madrid, and because I wanted to try to be the first to win the English, Italian and Spanish championships, I came with that in my head," Mourinho added.
The 56-year-old also said that he has always had positive comments on his time in La Liga following his departure from Spanish soccer in 2013 when he left his position at Madrid.
He noted that this summer was the first for him to follow the transfer window "as a fan," having been without a club since he left Manchester United on 18 December 2018.
He said he was in favor of the video assistant referee (VAR) because it reduces the impact of human error to its minimum.
"Before VAR, when there was a goal for my team or the opponent, the first thing I did before celebrating was to look at the touch-line referee, to see if it was a goal or not goal," he added.
"What you do today is to look at the referee.
"A stadium with 80,000 people waits 10 seconds to know if it's a goal or not a goal and then explodes with joy if it's a goal. It's a different way to maintain the emotion."
Mourinho and Samuel Eto'o praised each other during the event, the former forward played for him at Inter Milan, when the Italian side earned the treble of Serie A, Coppa Italia and the UEFA Champions League.
"Samuel has played for me and against me, and I have learned from him as a player and also playing against him I have learned a lot," Mourinho said.
"When you play against very good players and I have had that luck, you learn so much about how you're going to prepare to play against them. I owe him both."
Eto'o said about Mourinho: "I'm tired of justifying that this man is one of the best people in the football world.
"I ended my career and the first person who sent me a message was this man."
Eto'o, who recently announced his retirement from soccer, had a distinguished career that saw him play for top clubs including Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter and Chelsea. EFE-EPA