Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo has batted away Jose Mourinho’s barbs as they prepare to meet again for the first time since the Portuguese boss left in June.
The Spanish side will face Chelsea in the final of the Champions Cup on Wednesday, a match which pits Blues manager Jose Mourinho against his old club, a little more than two months after he and Madrid parted ways.
Mourinho gave an interview to ESPN at the weekend, in which he declared: “Madrid is politics. Madrid is not about football, Madrid is not about sport.”
He also belittled his compatriot Ronaldo, by declaring that “the real Ronaldo” was the former Brazil, AC Milan, Real Madrid and Barcelona forward, with whom he worked during his period as a translator and assistant coach at Barcelona between 1996 and 1997.
Asked what he had made of his former coach’s comments, Ronaldo responded:
“There are some things in life that don’t deserve any mention. This is one of those things and I won’t comment on it for obvious reasons. I always respect my coaches and try to learn from them.”[fbphotos id=557400880984688]
As we say in Portugal: “I don’t spit on the plate I eat on.’ That’s how I feel. I prefer to try and remember the positive side 1/8to Mourinho 3/8.”
And Ronaldo denied that Madrid will be desperate to get one over their former boss when they meet Chelsea in Miami.
He declared: “We are facing Chelsea, not their coach. Athough it’s like any other game, we want to win.”