Sunday, May 19, 2013
Carlos spent three seasons with the Blaugrana between 1991 and 1994, winning three league titles and a European Cup in an extremely successful spell at Camp Nou.
Speaking in an interview with Sport.es, the Valladolid technical director was not shy about sharing his opinions on Mourinho's impact at los Merengues.
"With Mourinho's tenure, in terms of his performance as a coach, we have to look at hard numbers," the 48-year-old Spaniard stressed.
"And if we do that then the balance has not been good. But then again, in terms of other aspects, the balance has been far worse.
"The image of Real Madrid as a club has been badly damaged, regardless of whether he was right or not with some of the things he said. Elsewhere at Chelsea, Inter and so on he made changes and things went well.
"But here he has done more harm than good. And he has not achieved the success he pursued."
Mourinho has been strongly linked with the Madrid exit door this summer and a return to former club Chelsea, with Paris Saint-Germain boss Carlo Ancelotti tipped to be his successor at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The QPR midfielder believes the Spain international is the best goalkeeper in the world, despite losing his place at the Santiago Bernabeu amid an alleged feud with Jose Mourinho
Esteban Granero says his former Real Madrid team-mate Iker Casillas remains a "symbol" of the club as he battles to win back his starting berth from Diego Lopez.
Casillas has spent most of this season on the bench with the former Sevilla goalkeeper Jose Mourinho's preferred choice between the posts since joining the club in January.
The Portuguese coach's decision to consistently leave the Spain international out of the team has drawn widespread criticism, most recently from defender Pepe, with Granero offering Casillas his backing.
"It's hard to judge from the outside," the 25-year-old said in an interview with AS.
"Obviously there is a conflict. I know Iker very well and he is the best goalkeeper in the world. He is the captain of the team and has lifted the World Cup and the European Championship twice.
"I cannot give the view from outside but Casillas is Casillas and that is indisputable. Just because he's not currently a permanent fixture in the team doesn't mean he can't be discussed as a symbol, as a symbol and as a goalkeeper. But the coach is professional and smart enough to choose between goalkeepers.
"I can't say Diego Lopez doesn't deserve his place."
Granero, who has scored once in 23 Premier League games this season as QPR succumbed to relegation, nevertheless stressed that he would be content for the beleaguered Mourinho to remain with los Merengues in spite of the rumoured unrest and trophy-less season.
"As a fan I would be happy for him to stay because I like to have a good coach," the former Getafe player added.
"But if he goes, another will come in. Luckily we have a president who works hard and well for Madrid. He has compiled the best squad in the world and that's going to stay there. Madrid will keep fighting for titles, for sure."
Monday, May 13, 2013
Real Madrid star set for Bernabeu exit Real Madrid news: Gonzalo Higuain could leave Real Madrid for Juventus this summer
Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain
has set his sights on a move away
form the Bernabeu at the end of the
season - and Juventus are leading
the race to land the prolific striker.
According to Goal.com , Juventus are
in pole position to sign the Argentina
international in the summer transfer
window after agreeing a four-year
deal worth €4.5 million per season
plus bonuses with Real Madrid.
Juventus had previously been linked
to ex-player Zlatan Ibrahimovic but
seemed to have failed in their bid to
land the Swedish striker, and are now
keen to add Higuain to their title-
The 25-year-old Madrid striker is
reportedly keen to seal a move away
from Los Blancos following a
disappointing campaign this season,
while the club's general manager Jose
Angel Sanchez has confirmed that
Higuain might be sold at the end of the
Juventus are hoping that a bid of
around €25 million will be adequate to
lure Higuain away from Madrid and
have already been in constant contact
with the striker’s representatives,
with a view to discussing personal
terms before submitting an official bid
in the summer.
It has also been revealed that Gonzalo
Higuain has set his sights of an annual
salary around the €4.5 million region
- and Juventus are happy to meet his
Higuain would also be open to a move
to the Premier League, but none of the
big teams have shown any real
interest in the Argentine so far.
The striker is contracted to Real
Madrid until the summer of 2016,
while he has managed 119 goals in
262 appearances for Los Blancos.
Friday, May 3, 2013
David Luiz is bundled by team-mates, and salutes the Bridge faithful after dusting himself down