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Arbeloa Reflects on Mourinho's Real Madrid Tenure
ESPN FC, May 9th, 2014 2:38PM

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In an interview, Spain international Alvaro Arbeloa said that former Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho imposed his authority from the very beginning when he replaced Manuel Pellegrini as head coach of Los Blancos in the summer of 2010.

"We understood who Mou was one day at preseason,” the Real fullback told Spanish magazine Jot Down. “The Spanish players were coming from being the world champions and we joined up in Los Angeles. We played a game there against LA Galaxy and at halftime we were 2-0 down. The roars that came out of his mouth -- at everyone. He did not save anyone. We learned very quickly who Mou was. You could not imagine Pellegrini shouting like that at Cristiano [Ronaldo].

He added: "We remembered that talk a lot. He said: 'You do not want to run? No problem for me -- the bench. You neither? No problem for me -- you're out.' It did not matter who it was -- a world champion, or Kaka, or a youth teamer."

By the end of Mourinho’s three-year stint in Madrid, his relationship with even his compatriots Ronaldo and Pepe had worsened, Arbeloa admitted. "The relationship of Mou with some teammates had deteriorated significantly," he said. "But we were professional enough not to let that affect us on the field. La Liga we lost at the start of the season, but we reached the final of the Copa [del Rey] and the semifinals of the Champions League. That 4-1 [at Dortmund in semifinal first leg] just happened. It was not for managing better or worse."

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