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"I told Mourinho: Your Porto team was worse."

“I told Mourinho: Your Porto team was worse.”

Former Liverpool player Jimmy Carragher gave Jose Mourinho a signed opinion piece in the “Telegraph” newspaper, in which he talked about the coach’s future in England after his departure from Tottenham, but he also called one of the first times he faced him. .

“It was at Cardiff Millennium Stadium, in the 2004/2005 League Cup Final. He was a Chelsea coach and ran to the technical zone to accuse my colleague Luis Garcia of diving. I ran over to him and said, ‘Don’t start this conversation. Your FC Porto team was the worst! We argued for 30 seconds and the Chelsea and Liverpool fans loved it.

At the end of the match, Mourinho and Carragher met again and the tone was more friendly. “His mood was very different and he offered me his condolences. “You know I was just fighting for my team, right?” He asked the Blues coach, who won 3-2 after extra time and was sent off in that match.

In the past 15 years, Mourinho has spent three more spells at the helm of English teams: he returned to Chelsea, coached Manchester United, and in the past year and a half, he has coached Tottenham Hotspur, and ended up playing in recent days. For Carragher, English football may have closed the doors to the 58-year-old. “Now we look at what he is not achieving more than he has already accomplished. But regardless of what they say about his recent record, Mourinho is one of the best coaches of all time and nothing changes this fact, ”he said.

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Carragher, who retired from playing in 2013 after spending his entire career at Liverpool, regrets not getting a chance to work for Mourinho at the Reds. “At the time, there wasn’t a single player in England who didn’t think the same way. He was the coach of the decade between 2000 and 2010 and changed English and European football. »