Andres Iniesta has slammed former Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho: ‘He made El Clasico unbearable’
Former Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has this evening revealed his opinion that the rivalry between the Blaugrana and Real Madrid reached an ‘unbearable’ level due to Jose Mourinho’s influence whilst manager of the latter.
El Clasico’, as it has been so aptly named, sees Spanish football’s two biggest clubs (Barcelona vs Real Madrid) bring the footballing world to a standstill twice a season (and often more).
However, while the sky-high standard of football is undoubtedly the main draw of the Clasico, another key element to each and every matchup between Barca and Real is the genuine, passion-filled rivalry between the two clubs.
Fans, players and staff alike view the clash as the highlight of their season, with so much more than simple bragging rights on the line when the sides meet.
The clash pits a number of the finest players on the planet against each other, with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Andres Iniesta and Gareth Bale just a few of the superstars to have graced the fixture over recent seasons.
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As such, the unmatched technical ability, goalscoring prowess and pure flair possessed by the stars of both Barcelona and Real Madrid mean El Clasico rarely fails to enthral.
“It was Unbearable”
However, according to one Barcelona legend who graced El Clasico with his talents on an incredible 38 occasions, the tension between the two clubs reached previously-unseen levels as a result of the presence and antics of current Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho took charge of Real from 2010 to 2013, during which time he developed a fierce rivalry with Pep Guardiola.
At the height of the tension between the clubs during this period, Mourinho was even caught on camera poking then-Barcelona assistant manager Tito Vilanova in the eye.
Speaking in an interview with La Sexta Blaugrana icon Iniesta explained:
‘‘You don’t have to be for Barcelona or Real Madrid to know that the situation was unpleasant. And the key component in that story was Mourinho. Whoever doesn’t want to see that, is radical.’’
‘‘You didn’t see the rivalry that always existed before. It went beyond that. You saw hate. That atmosphere developed and it was unbearable.’’
Andres Iniesta feels as though Mourinho’s influence incited a new level of ‘hate’ in El Clasico. He even caused tension among Barca-Madrid that made much damage to the national team of Spain and the teammates. But the fact is beside the comparisons by both admirers and critics Mourinho has won 25 major honours, making him one of the most successful managers of all time.