'You could build a monument with all the stones being thrown at me' - Real Madrid's Jose Mourinho responds to critics

Portuguese boss feels there is an uneven fight in Spain and suggests Barcelona may be favoured, but he is vowing to defend his side with whatever it takes
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho admits coaching in La Liga and the fierce fighting with Barcelona carries extra baggage, but sweeping away years of war is unthinkable as he hits back at the recent storm of criticism.

Speaking ahead of Sunday night's Liga opener against Zaragoza at La Romareda, Mourinho said the treatment he has received since the eye-poking incident with Barcelona's Tito Vilanova has seemed like a bombardment.

The RFEF (Spanish FA) look set to charge him for the Supercopa brawl last week, but while his club are keen to break off tension, Mourinho insists the fight in Spain is less than equal and he has vowed to defend what he feels is right.

"It's all part of the game, of life. But compared to the different leagues in which I have trained, there seems to be a campaign [against me]," he is quoted as saying by Marca.com.

"It's an unequal fight. With all the stones being thrown against me you could build a monument.

"But I am happy here and I have a feeling of being in the right place. I would not change it for anything.

"I may be wrong, but always say what I think, what I feel, without fear of consequences. I should have lived 100 years ago."

And, speaking of the eternal rival, Mourinho suggested Pep Guardiola's men are able to win by playing badly without giving a real reason.

"They [Barcelona] are a team that play the same competitions. One thing that never changes is they always win whether they play good or bad. I do not think that this will change."

The game against Zaragoza kicks off at 20:00CET this evening.