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Spanish Press Criticizes 'Navel-Gazing' Mourinho
ESPN FC, May 1st, 2013 2:16PM

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TAGS:  germany, real madrid, spain, uefa champions league


The Spanish press hailed Real Madrid’s players for nearly completing a miracle comeback against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, but still saw fit to criticize Real coach Jose Mourinho, who has most likely directed his last UEFA Champions League game for Los Blancos, as he said he might depart the club in the summer during the post-game press conference. Though Real won the game, 2-0, thanks to a late surge, Dortmund won the series, 4-3, on aggregate, and will compete in the UCL final at Wembley on May 25.

AS ran with the headline: "It was a miracle there was no miracle." In its post-game report, the Spanish daily accused Mourinho of "navel-gazing" by talking more about himself and his probable departure to Chelsea next season, than Real’s disappointing Champions League exit for the third consecutive year in the semifinals.

The paper’s columnists, however, have clearly had enough of the "Special One": Alfredo Relano said the club’s “eternal history of striving in this old home … awoke too late last night. Maybe because neither Mourinho, nor the club wanted to believe in it.” However, Tomas Roncero possibly summed up the feeling for many Real fans best when he said it “hurt that Mourinho, on the night that we suffered a terrible punch in the stomach, announced he was possibly leaving. In three years he has not understood the greatness of this club.”

Marca, meanwhile, was kinder to Mourinho, giving him a 6.5 out of 10 for his tactics, saying: “He took risks, when he had no option, and it almost worked well.” The paper ran with the headline “I Believed,” while adding underneath, “Mou says goodbye?”

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