With the-Inter, then boss told the Catalan not to celebrate after Thiago Motta was shown a red card since the game was far from over.
The Nerazzurri’s plans
Jose Mourinho revealed what he told Pep Guardiola during the second stage of the Champions League semi-final in 2009-10. With the-Inter, then boss told the Catalan not to celebrate after Thiago Motta was shown a red card since the game was far from over. I convincingly beat Barcelona during the first stage, recording a 3-1 victory provided by Wesley Sneijder, Maicon, and Diego Milito, putting himself in the driver’s seat before going to Camp Nou in just eight days. However, a 28th-minute red card for Motta put a key in work, and Mourinho claims that those on the Barca bench were celebrating the dismissal as if they had already completed their return. The Nerazzurri, however, had other plans.
11 Vs. 10
“When Sergio Busquets fell, I stood between our bench, them, and the point where Thiago Motta had been expelled,” Mourinho told reporters. “Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the Barcelona bench celebrating as if they had already won. “Guardiola called Zlatan Ibrahimovic to talk about tactics: tactics in game 11 vs. 10. I just told him: “Until the party, this game has not ended.” Even though that day, Barca won with a score of 1-0, Inter went to the finals through a total score of 3-2 and beat fellow finalists Bayern Munich with a score of 2-0 to clinch the title. While Mourinho’s tactics are often criticized for being too pragmatic and not so entertaining to watch. The head coach showed that his plan is not always to sit so deep on that fateful night in Catalunya.
“The most iconic ‘Defensive Mourinho’ performance was the one at Camp Nou, but Barcelona lost 3-1 at San Siro. And we earned the right to go and play against them no matter how much we wanted to,” said the 57-year-old coach. “If Goran Pandev weren’t injured at the warm-up, we would have played with Pandev, Sneijder, Samuel Eto’o and Milito.” As you know, Massimo Moratti said that the match was the most exciting game of his life. Still, Mourinho says that he had little time to think about anything, except that he was convinced that his Inter side knocked the Blaugrana from Europe’s premier club competition. “No, it wasn’t the same for me,” he said. “Because in the stands, you have time to experience the drama if you can pray at the edge, but on the field, you need to find solutions.
“I said that it is the most wonderful defeat of my career: we did not lose 1-0, but rather won 3-2 in epic conditions.”