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Jose Mourinho says he believes Real Madrid were the best team in Europe back in 2011-12

Goal: The Spanish side won La Liga in 2011-12, but their manager feels they were also the best team on the continent

Jose Mourinho believes Real Madrid were the best team in Europe in 2011-12 despite falling short in the Champions League.

Under Mourinho’s guidance, Madrid ended Barcelona’s run of three straight La Liga titles that season, setting records for most goals (121) and points (100) in a single season.

Rivals Barcelona finished nine points behind Mourinho’s Madrid

Real Madrid cruised through the Champions League group stage, winning all six of their matches in a group that included Lyon, Ajax and Dynamo Zagreb.

After taking down CSKA Moscow in the round of 16, Real Madrid cruised past APOEL in the quarter-finals by an 8-2 scoreline.

But they fell in the Champions League semi-finals, losing to Bayern Munich – who were beaten by Chelsea in the decider in a memorable Champions League final – on penalties.

Mourinho, now in charge of Tottenham, believes Madrid were then the best team in Europe.

“That season, Real Madrid were the best team in Spain and also the best in Europe,” he told Marca.

“That’s why it was so hard for us to deal with going out to Bayern in the Champions League.”
Mourinho said the way Madrid ended Barcelona’s La Liga run was important, although the club have won just one league crown since – in 2016-17.

“Ending that Barcelona dominance and doing it by achieving a record points tally and a record goals tally like that makes it even more interesting and important because we did it in the best way possible,” he said.

“It wasn’t only that we won La Liga, it’s that we did it in a way that made history.”

Mourinho took charge at Real Madrid from 2010-13 after winning the Champions League with Inter, replacing Manuel Pellegrini after the Chilean boss failed to win a trophy during his lone season with the club.

The Portuguese manager, who also managed Chelsea and Porto prior to heading to Spain, win that famous La Liga title as well as a Copa del Rey and a Supercopa de Espana in 2012.

Mourinho rejoined Chelsea in 2013, returning to Stamford Bridge and winning the Premier League in 2014-15.

Source: Published by Goal

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Chima franklyn
Chima franklyn
4 months ago

Not only Mourinho,me too I believe and I know that real Madrid is best club in the whole wide world…
My opinion though.

Ekigho Grace
Ekigho Grace
4 months ago

Well his opinion might be true then even when zidane was with them they won champions league back to back,but I can’t say for now

Johnson Hernandez
Johnson Hernandez
4 months ago

Me too believe real Madrid is the best team in the world the play like a team won like a team

Edeh chukwuma Emmanuel
Edeh chukwuma Emmanuel
4 months ago

Real Madrid has always been the best for me

Aliu Abiodun Ganiu
Aliu Abiodun Ganiu
4 months ago

Mourinho is greatest coach in the history of football

Opeloyeru Mubaraq Oluwaseun
Opeloyeru Mubaraq Oluwaseun
4 months ago

True

Chetachi Nwabueze
Chetachi Nwabueze
4 months ago

They lost to Bayern in a very agonising manner — penalties.
Ironically, Bayern also lost on to Chelsea on penalties, in their own stadium!
That’s football for you.😅

Akinyemi Oluwatobi
Akinyemi Oluwatobi
4 months ago

No doubt with that they are still one of the beat

Anthony Anyanwu
Anthony Anyanwu
4 months ago

He was right DAT team was one of d best that year

Omenogor Lucky
Omenogor Lucky
4 months ago

Yes,we feel the same way too.

Esther Areo
Esther Areo
3 months ago

Not only mourinho , I believe it because my soccer idol Rolando is always ready for the match

Gabriel Eluare.
Gabriel Eluare.
2 months ago

Its true