​Former ​Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has claimed that his ‘defensive’ ​Real Madrid side were responsible for ending the domination of ​Barcelona in the domestic competitions in Spain.

Mourinho was in charge of the Madrid side from 2010 to 2013, before he left the club after a mutual agreement. During his time, the club won one La Liga title and the Copa del Rey trophy.

The Portuguese insisted that it was his side that stopped Barcelona’s domination and made all the records, even though he was criticised for playing defensive football during his tenure.

“The record of Spanish football was not Barcelona, it was Real Madrid,” he said, according to ​Goal.

“And the manager of Real Madrid was ‘the defensive guy’ that beat all the records. We won against every team home and away.” 

“When I arrived there they had already forgotten what it was to win,” he said. “When we went to the cup final and we beat Barcelona in the cup final, I think it was 25 years without a Copa Del Rey.

“When we win the league, still now, for the past 10 years Real Madrid were champions twice.

“Okay the Champions League, fantastic achievement they’ve made, but that’s another story, that’s not my story.

“My story was, in that period when Barcelona was the best club in the world, we went there and we broke that period.” 

The Madrid side have since gone on to win four Champions League titles in five years, which they failed to do in Mourinho’s time, but there is some truth to his assertion that his side ended Barcelona’s domestic dominance.


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