did not score his penalty in the semi-final
shootout in 2011-12 while he was in charge at
Sep 15, 2014 08:28:00
Jose Mourinho has laid his
failure to win the Champions
League with Real Madrid at
the feet of Cristiano
The coach joined Madrid in
2010 having just won the
trophy with Inter, but a third success in the
competition eluded the Portuguese as he could only
reach three consecutive semi-finals in his three
seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The closest Mourinho and Ronaldo came to being
crowned champions of Europe together was in
2011-12 when they took Bayern Munich to penalties
after extra-time in the semi-final second leg, but
failed efforts from Ronaldo, Kaka and Sergio Ramos
saw them eliminated.
Mourinho left Madrid for Chelsea last summer,
where he is gearing up for Wednesday's Champions
League group-stage opener versus Schalke, but he
has not forgotten how his regular penalty taker
missed at the most crucial of stages.
"Winning the Champions twice as coach has made
my career a special one," the former Porto boss told
"I've been in several semi-finals too and some
defeats were especially hard to take, such as the
goal that did not exist against Liverpool [during his
first Chelsea spell] in 2005 or on penalties in 2012
when our first-choice penalty taker [Ronaldo] went
up first and failed."
Mourinho also dismissed suggestions that he could
take over as Portugal boss following Paulo Bento's
departure earlier this month, which he admits
struck him as bizarre timing.
"They have not asked me if I want the job, but I
would not accept," the 51-year-old added.
"I'm surprised with the situation though. It is not
unheard of for a coach to be fired or to depart after
one or two games, sometimes even in pre-season if
it does not feel right. If there's not a connection
there or if chances of success are minimal.
"But that's not the case here. If at the end of the
World Cup, Bento had decided to leave or the
Portuguese football association had chosen to get
someone new, that would be normal. But at this
point it is strange."