Jose Mourinho Reveals He Cried After Real Madrid's Champions League Exit in 2011/12

Robbie Walls
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Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has recently revealed the only time he's cried after a defeat in his career.

While the former Real Madrid, Chelsea and Inter boss may not be used to the taste of defeat too often in his managerial career, he has never been one to mask his emotions.

The sight of the 57-year-old charging down the touchline after a late winner, as well as providing prickly interviews and press conferences after losses, has become iconic, and thus perhaps it is no surprise to learn he has previously been brought to tears by a defeat.

The game in question that affected Mourinho so deeply was during his successful reign as Real Madrid manager, which saw the current Spurs boss conquer the seemingly unbeatable Barcelona side in the 2011/12 season, as Los Blancos romped to the title with 100 points.

It was in this season that Real lost to Bavarian giants Bayern Munich on penalties in the Champions League semi finals, as Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and co went on to lose to Mourinho's former club Chelsea in the final.

In an interview with Spanish outlet Marca, Mourinho revealed: "That night is the only time in my career as a coach that I've cried after a defeat.

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"I remember it well...Aitor [Karanka] and I pulled up in front of my house, in the car, crying...It was very hard because we were the best that season."

While the defeat was perhaps even harder to take as footballing legends Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and everyone's favourite defender Sergio Ramos all missed from the spot, Mourinho does not hold any grudges, adding: "Unfortunately, that's football.

"Cristiano, Kaka, Sergio Ramos...three complete monsters of football, there's no doubt about that, but they're also human."


While he has enjoyed success since those Madrid days - with a Premier League title win at Chelsea as well as a Europa League and League Cup triumph with Manchester United - there is perhaps an argument that he has never truly recaptured the magic he once had.