BERNE - Champions League winning coach
Ottmar Hitzfeld has accused Jose Mourinho of damaging Real
Madrid's name with their defensive performance against Barcelona and criticised his subsequent verbal outburst.
"That does not relate to the expectations of the kings from
Madrid," Hitzfeld, currently coach of Switzerland, wrote in his
column in the German sport magazine Kicker.
"The good name and the image of the legendary club was
damaged by that," added the 62-year-old, who won the Champions
League with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, plus a total of
seven Bundesliga titles with the two clubs.
Real lost 2-0 at home to Barcelona in last week's Champions
League semi-final, first leg, fielding an ultra-defensive
formation despite playing at the Bernabeu.
Hitzfeld was also shocked by Real coach Mourinho's
post-match comments, in which he implied that UEFA give
favourable treatment to Barcelona, who publicise Unicef on their
"To raise suspicions about Barca's commitment to Unicef,
that is not right, he has overstepped the mark."
Hitzfeld added that he had not enjoyed his meetings with the
"At UEFA coaching days, I have experienced Mourinho to be
just as his seems; arrogant, unapproachable, chewing gum,
Hitzfeld himself has been criticised for fielding
over-defensive teams in just under three years in charge of
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