Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Pepe: People HATED Real Madrid Under Jose Mourinho.

Pepe believes Real Madrid were 'hated' during the spell in which they were coached by Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho spent three years in charge of The Galaticos between 2010 and 2013, during which he became embroiled in feuds with Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola as well as his club captain Iker Casillas.

Pepe feels such conduct from the Portuguese led to opposition fans from across Spain having little respect for the Madrid players when they took to the pitch each week.

Pepe told Cadena Ser "Under Mourinho, people hated us when we go out there, it lasted three years and thank God it went very quick. Things changed when [Carlo] Ancelotti came in, you could see people started treating us different again."

While Pepe endured a difficult relationship with Mourinho, the Portugal defender says he is enjoying playing under current Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.

"What happened with Mourinho is in the past now," he said. "I was strong and got over it. I maintained my high level at Madrid.

Mourinho and Zidane are very different, one could say they are opposites. But it's not like one is bad and the other is good.

"Mourinho has a lot of experience as a coach, with great clubs and players. Zidane has only just started in La liga last year. But he [Zidane] has played at the highest level himself and always know what's expected on the pitch.

"Zidane has been a player and knows what we think. He had a brilliant career at Real Madrid, so understands what the pressure is like here."




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