Of course, José Mourinho was vaulted center stage after today’s elimination at the Santiago Bernabéu. With his future up in the air and his team out of Champions League, it was natural for the media to prod about The Special One’s future, even if the English press as somewhat obsessive about it.
Well, most of the English press. As you’ll see above, ITV’s Gabriel Clarke, undoubtedly being pestered by a director’s mandates in his ear, cuts off Mourinho just as it appears the Real Madrid boss is ready to confess what we all suspect: He will leave Real Madrid, return to England, and again take up the post at Stamford Bridge.
I mean, why would you want to let Mourinho keep blithering in that situation? And can have the story-of-the-season revealed like on your broadcast? No time for that gobbledygook!
“My players have given everything. We were close. If we had scored earlier, we would have had more opportunities. The Bernabéu [crowd] was fantastic, they believed until the end, but we couldn’t do it.” — Mourinho
“I’m very disappointed with one of my favorite refs in the world.” — Mourinho, to ITV
“[I’m] disappointed [with] Webb, it was a red for Hummels but at that moment he thought like a human and not a ref, didn’t want him to miss final.” — Mourinho to ITV
“Maybe not. I want to be where people love me to be.” — Mourinho, to ITV, asked if he’ll be back at Real Madrid
“It is tough to decide because I like [Real Madrid] and the President. We made a fantastic team ready to make big things, so it is hard.” — Mourinho
“Any person at Real Madrid, for one day, it was worth it. Anyone who can say they’ve been at biggest and most important club in world.” — Mourinho
“Very close is not good enough for Madrid. Or for me.” — Mourinho
“I have a contract at Madrid. But contracts are broken when people want. But I’ve respect for (the) president. I know I’m loved in England, by fans, media that treats me fairly. Criticizing me when they must, but giving credit when deserved.” — Mourinho
“In Spain the situation is a bit different, because some people hate me. Many of you are in this room.”— Mourinho
“I know I am loved by some clubs, especially one.” — Mourinho
“We’ll take that as England. I’ve got to go! — Gabriel Clarke