Champions League

Mourinho turns fury on UEFA

2011-04-28 08:59
Jose Mourinho (AP)

Madrid - Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho hit out at UEFA, the referee and counterpart Pep Guardiola after a 2-0 loss to Barcelona that left the nine-time champion's Champions League title hopes in tatters.

In Wednesday's semi-final first leg, Mourinho saw his team reduced to 10 men against Barcelona for the fifth straight game counting back to last year's semifinal win with Inter Milan.

The Portuguese coach, who was sent off for protesting Pepe's 61st-minute red card, claimed UEFA favors Barcelona and said Barcelona under Guardiola have never won the Champions League fairly.

"It disgusts me to live in this world," the surly Mourinho said.

Pepe's exit opened up Madrid and Lionel Messi scored twice in the last 15 minutes to give Barcelona a commanding advantage ahead of Tuesday's second leg at the Camp Nou.

Mourinho followed up the ill-tempered match, which he and Guardiola had already stoked with comments in the buildup, with an equally sullen news conference, and even that was delayed by UEFA so both teams could cool down.

Mourinho said a conspiracy between Barcelona and UEFA must exist after the Catalan club came out with a favorable referee decision for the third straight semifinal.

"Every semi-final the same thing always happens. Why? I'll live my whole life with this question but I hope one day to get the answer," Mourinho said. "Why could Chelsea not get to the final two years ago? Last year to get to the final with Inter was a miracle. Why again in this game?"

Guardiola led Barcelona to the 2009 trophy after getting past Chelsea, which had an injury-time penalty claim for a handball waved away. Inter eliminated Barcelona last year despite playing for over an hour with 10 men.

"I don't understand. I don't know if it's publicity for (sponsor) UNICEF or (FIFA and UEFA head of referees committee Angel) Villar's influence in UEFA. They have the power and no one else has a chance."

Mourinho, who worked as an assistant coach during a four-year stint at Barcelona in the late 1990s, was particularly scathing of Barcelona's accomplishments, which he believed would be tainted regardless.

"You can't hide it. Inside (the Catalans) are laughing and enjoying this thinking we're going to (the final at) Wembley. But to win this way must leave a bad taste," Mourinho said.

"I've won two Champions Leagues and I won them both on the field and they were with two clubs. We won with work, effort, sweat, fight and with a lot of work. Josep Guardiola is a fantastic coach - I repeat he is a fantastic coach - but he won the Champions with the scandal at Stamford Bridge. And if he wins again then it will be affected by today."

Guardiola, who responded to Mourinho's pre-match comments with an expletive-filled rant, wouldn't be drawn into reacting this time.

"Nothing," Guardiola responded when asked his opinion about Mourinho's comments.

Barcelona said its legal team would study Mourinho's comments before deciding whether to take action against him with UEFA.

Barca midfielder Xavi Hernandez said his team was rewarded for its more positive approach against a defensive Madrid side which managed only 23 percent of possession.

"Barcelona was superior again - we were the only team on the field looking to play football, looking to hold the ball, attack, take the game," Xavi said. "The result is just."

Madrid will be without Pepe and Sergio Ramos for the return leg after the Madrid defender was booked to be suspended, while Mourinho won't be allowed to sit on the bench.

The Portuguese coach wasn't alone in venting his anger at the opposition.

"I played three games against Barcelona and each time we have to play with 10," striker Emmanuel Adebayor. "That's something I cannot believe. Today, maybe Pepe committed a foul but I don't think it was a red card.

"Whenever you play against Barca, whenever you touch them they are on the floor crying like a baby. Barcelona is a fantastic club, they play fantastic football, but they have to stop that."

Meanwhile, Mourinho capped his diatribe by completely discounting Madrid's chances of reaching its 14th European Cup final.

"If we score a goal they'll kill us again. It's a result that is impossible," said Mourinho, a two-time Champions League winner. "It's mission impossible. They should get to the final."

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