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José Mourinho: Now I could never coach Barça

Thursday, April 29, 2010

José Mourinho knows the chances of him ever landing the top job with Barcelona are now virtually non-existent.

Inter Milan boss Mourinho, who worked as a translator at Barça while Sir Bobby Robson and Louis van Gaal were in charge during the 1990s, oversaw a 3-2 aggregate win following a 1-0 second-leg defeat at the Camp Nou after being almost constantly jeered by the home crowd.

Inter Milan coach José Mourinho reacts after a Champions League semi-final match against Barcelona
Photo: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
And the crowd reacted badly when he raced onto the pitch to celebrate Inter's success at the final whistle.

"I'm not stupid enough to think that this hate can be turned into love," he said.

"I respect Barça and and I'll never forget what the club gave me in the four years I was here, but something has been created around me that is hard to make positive.

"It is clear that I will end my career without having coached Barça."

Wednesday night's match was the 10th between Mourinho and Barcelona in the last six years, with the Catalans having faced Chelsea on six occasions and Inter four times.

Six of those matches have come in knockout ties, with Mourinho having now eliminated his former club from Europe on two occasions.

"If I never beat them, they wouldn't hate me," Mourinho added.

And the Inter coach believes he is now more unpopular even than former Barça winger Luís Figo, the man the Catalans love to hate after his defection to Real Madrid back in 2000.

Figo was sitting next to Mourinho in the dugout as he is now an Inter official.

Mourinho said: "Figo told me he was calm and relaxed because I was the one they hate now, because I was their new enemy."

Watch José Mourinho's after-match celebration against Barcelona


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