Chelsea Boss Claims 29-Year-Old Superstar “Failed” Him
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has fired a parting shot at Ballon d’Or holder and one of his former players, Cristiano Ronaldo, insisting that the Real Madrid star failed him during his tenure as manager in a Champions League clash.
Mourinho took charge of the Los Blancos for three years and led his side to a La Liga title during his time there. However, it was short lived as the experienced coach started to lose the harmony within his squad.
Iker Casillas was one of those notably despondent with life under Mourinho, while there were several others who had lost faith in the charismatic coach.
Mourinho has previously labelled the 2012-13 season – the last during his spell in charge – as the worst of his career, and despite interest from the Blues and Manchester United in the Portuguese international, Mourinho has made it clear he is not interested.
Mourinho still holds a grudge after Ronaldo missed a penalty in the Champions League semi-final shoot-out against Bayern Munich.
Mourinho told reporters:
“Winning the Champions twice as coach has made my career a special one.
“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.”