Futre: Mourinho showed champion class in defence of Simeone

The 46-year-old retired winger has taken the time to praise the Portuguese trainer, whose team made short work of Los Colchoneros in the Madrid derby last week
Atletico Madrid legend Paulo Futre has spoken of his friendship with Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, and commended the former Chelsea boss for his sportsmanship after the match between the two Spanish capital clubs.

Los Blancos triumphed 2-0 in the Madrid derby, and the Portuguese jumped to defend counterpart Diego Simeone, who was the subject of harsh words from fans.

Futre believes Mourinho's actions were noble and spoke of his pride of being friends with the former Inter coach.

"Everyone knows I was desperate to see Atleti beat Real on Saturday, but it wasn't to be," Futre is quoted as saying by Marca.

"A few days after the game, no longer seething about the defeat and joking apart, I feel even more proud to be Mourinho's friend.

"Particularly after the gesture he made for our brilliant [Diego] 'Cholo' Simeone. Only great champions like Mourinho could do that, silencing the public in defence of a colleague from a rival team.

"No one in Spanish football has ever made such a gesture or had the courage to call for thousands of people to stop because they are showing a lack of respect to the manager of the opposing team."