Controversial Football coach, Jose Mourinho has finally apologized after poking former Barcelona coach, Tito Vilanova during an El Classico match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.
The incident happened during Team as coach of Spanish club, Real Madrid.
In Joao Gabriel’s recently published book ‘Stay crazy and hungry’, the author talks to Jose Mourinho about the incident from 10 years when the Portuguese poke the eye of Tito Vilanova, then assistant and later head coach at Barcelona.
“I was the one in the wrong, I shouldn’t have done what I did. Of course not, that negative image stays forever. Tito had nothing to do with it. I apologize to him,” the former Real Madrid coach says, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.
“I was a victim of myself. If I could, this would be one of the things I would never repeat. Before that, I had been winning, winning and winning. I got into this state that if I wasn’t winning, it seemed like the end of the world to me.”
The incident happened back in 2011 in the second leg of the Spanish Super cup final. The first leg at Santiago Bernabeu had ended in a 2-2 draw so the tensions were high.
During a brawl that erupted close to the visitor’s dugout, Mourinho sneaked up on Vilanova and put a finger in his eye. As there was no VAR back then and none of the referees saw it happen, the Portuguese wasn’t penalized.
Nevertheless, Barca won the match 3-2 thanks to a late goal from Leo Messi and secured the title.