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Mourinho: Cristiano Couldn't Take Criticism
Guardian, June 5th, 2013 12:34PM

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Jose Mourinho says that his relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo broke down toward the end of his reign at Real Madrid because the Portuguese star “he thinks he knows everything.” Speaking to Spanish television show Punto Pelota about Ronaldo, the newly named Chelsea coach said: "I had only one problem with him, very simple, very basic, which was when a coach criticizes a player from a tactical viewpoint trying to improve what in my view could have been improved," he said. "And at that moment he didn't take it very well because maybe he thinks he knows everything and the coach cannot help him to develop more.”

Having said that, Mourinho added: "Cristiano has had three fantastic seasons with me. I don't know if they were the best of his career because he had some fantastic moments with Manchester United. I think we created a fantastic situation for him tactically in which he could express all his potential and turn that into records and goals."

Meanwhile, Alvaro Arbeloa, a former Mourinho player at Real, defended the Portuguese tactician’s work at Bernabeu, which was highly criticized for the club’s failure to win a trophy last season. “Mourinho leaves the club disappointed, and with the players mainly,” Arbeloa told La Sexta on Wednesday. “People may think that he is wrong on certain things or others, but everything he has done has been to the benefit of the club and the players, over his own benefit,” the former Liverpool player said. “He has done everything for Madrid and few here can also say that. Everyone, with the players first, must look to themselves before looking at others.”

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