Mourinho, on the incident with Tito Vilanova: ‘I failed, Tito had nothing to do with it’

Jose Mourinho He has started a new stage in his career and is the coach of Roma. The Portuguese has spoken with João Gabriel in the book ‘Stay Crazy and Hungry’. In that book, Mourinho acknowledges his mistakes. One of them and perhaps the most famous was the one he had with Tito vilanova in a Classic in which he put his finger in the eye of Guardiola’s then assistant. “I was the one who failed, I shouldn’t have done what I did. Of course not, the negative image stays forever. Titus had nothing to do with it. I feel sorry for him, ”he says.

Mourinho he acknowledges that “I have been a bit of a victim of myself. If I could, it would be one of the things I would not repeat. I won, I won and I won. I got into a dynamic where not winning seemed like the end of the world ”. The Portuguese continues to say that “I myself, because of my personality, promoted this a bit, that everything is always to win, win or win. When it came to situations where it was very difficult to do it, something that for other coaches was something acceptable, for me it was always considered insufficient, a failure.

Mourinho he also recognizes some difficulty in his relationship with the players. “I have a problem with self-centered footballers, those who put personal goals before team goals. This complicates the work ”, says Mourinho, who explains an anecdote with Cristiano Ronaldo: “We were in the last minute of a game with Valencia. We were coming off two consecutive draws, but we won that match 2-0. Ronaldo lost the ball after trying a dribble to Joao Pereira and Valencia almost scored. I told him that after two draws it was different to win 2-0 to 2-1. He didn’t like what I told him, but it wasn’t anything special. “