The Tottenham head coach has explained how he was left devastated after a Champions League semi-final loss to Bayern Munich back in 2012
Jose Mourinho has revealed the sole time that he has cried after losing a match during his coaching career – the Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich back in 2012 while he was Real Madrid head coach.
The German giants advanced to the ultimate of the competition that year after beating Madrid on penalties, with the semi-final tie having gone to extra-time and spot-kicks following a 2-1 win for Mourinho’s men over the 90 minutes.
With the primary leg having finished 2-1 to the Bundesliga side, Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice inside 14 minutes at the Bernabeu to place the hosts ahead within the tie.
Arjen Robben struck from the penalty spot after 27 minutes to level things up at 3-3 on aggregate, with Ronaldo, Kaka and Sergio Ramos all missing from 12 yards because the match visited penalties.
Bastian Schweinsteiger was available to net the winning spot-kick and found out a gathering with Chelsea within the final, a game that the Blues would win at the Allianz Arena during a match that was again decided by spot-kicks.
Looking back at the defeat, the Tottenham head coach told Marca: “Unfortunately, that’s football. Cristiano, Kaka, Sergio Ramos… three complete monsters of football, there is no doubt that , but they’re also human.
“That night is that the only time in my career as a teacher that I’ve cried after a defeat. I commit it to memory well… Aitor [Karanka, Madrid assistant at the time] and that i pulled up ahead of my house, within the car, crying.
“It was very hard because we were the simplest that season.”
It proved to be one among few blips in an impressive season for Madrid, who won the Liga title and earned 100 points, nine quite Barcelona, setting the record for one top-flight season in Spain.
Los Blancos also scored 121 goals within the competition therein famous 2011-12 campaign, another La Liga record, while they might find yourself losing just twice within the league – to Levante and Barca respectively.
Mourinho managed Madrid between 2010 and 2013 and won 128 of his 178 matches responsible of the Spanish club.
He would then continue to teach Chelsea for the second time in his career, winning a 3rd Premier League title for the Blues, before joining Manchester United in 2016 – a spell that might last just over two seasons before his sacking in December 2018.
The 57-year-old replaced Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham in November 2019, guiding the club to eighth within the Premier League table before the coronavirus pandemic bringing a halt to football across the world .