JOSE MOURINHO once revealed he only cried after losing when Real Madrid lost a Champions League semi-final on penalties to Bayern Munich in 2012.
Back in May, Mourinho broke down in tears again, but this time it was tears of joy after guiding Roma to the Europa Conference League final.
But 10 years ago, Portuguese gaffer had already led Real Madrid to a record-breaking year in LaLiga when he emerged after being denied a chance to make it to a Champions League final.
Madrid were the big favorites for Europe’s top competition, having overtaken Barcelona domestically for most points, goals and home wins.
Mourinho, who has already won the Champions League twice with Porto and Inter Milan, missed a three-pointer in heartbreaking fashion at the Bernabeu.
In The Special One, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Sergio Ramos all failed from the penalty spot as Madrid failed on penalties against Bayern in the 2012 semifinals.
He would have faced former club Chelsea in the final, who in turn defeated the Bundesliga side on penalties to win their first Champions League.
That night is the only time in my coaching career that I cried after losing. It was very difficult because we were the best this season
And speaking to Spanish outlet MARCA in 2020, Mourinho admitted he found it difficult to lose the chance to play for La Decima and was brought to tears.
He said: “Unfortunately, that’s football. Cristiano, Kaka, Sergio Ramos… three complete monsters of football, no doubt about that, but they are people too.
“That night is the only time in my coaching career that I cried after losing. I remember it well…
aitor [Karanka] and I stopped in front of my house, in the car, crying…
“It was very difficult because we were the best this season.”
Mourinho further opened up about the incident in an interview with Portuguese TV channel Sic, previously admitting it was still the saddest moment of his career.
He said: “If I have to pick the worst moment, it’s losing to Real Madrid.
“We were without a doubt the best team in Europe, we won LaLiga and broke all the records for points and goals and we would have won that final, I have no doubt about that.
“What was the most cruel thing for me was that on penalties we went for Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Sergio Ramos, they were absolutely safe from the penalty spot and the guys who missed were the ones who never miss. That has blew me away.”
SunSport have previously revealed that it was the Chelsea dressing room that broke down in tears after Mourinho was sacked by the club for the first time in 2007.
Club captain John Terry said he and his team-mates were so devastated and shocked that they approached the Blues board to have their decision reversed.
The former England skipper would be reunited with Mourinho in 2013, with the pair winning the Premier League for a third time two years later before being axed again in 2015.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/football/premier-league/770825/jose-mourinho-real-madrid-cristiano-ronaldo-2/ Ex-Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho claims Bayern lost after Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty was his saddest moment – The US Sun