Former Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink: Real Madrid’s Jose Mourinho should apologise to Barcelona

Dutchman is not impressed with the Portuguese’s rant against the Catalan club after last week’s Clasico loss and wants him to say sorry

Turkey national football team coach Guus Hiddink has criticised Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho for dragging him into his recent war of words with Barcelona.

Madrid’s controversial 2-0 defeat to Barca in the first-leg of their Champions League semi-final tie last week sparked Mourinho to go all out at the Catalan giants, in which he suggested a Uefa conspiracy to see the Spanish champions qualify for the final at all cost.

Mourinho also stated that Pep Guardiola would not have won the Champions League with Barcelona in 2008-09 had they not got past Chelsea under controversial circumstances in the semi-finals with help from the referees. But Hiddink, who was the manager of the English giants at the time, has not taken this lightly.

“Mourinho has gone too far,” the current Turkey coach told The Daily Mirror. “With all his critical remarks he wants to divert the attention from the way he made his team played.

“Before I knew it, he [Mourinho] got me involved. Jose compared the Real - Barca game with the Chelsea – Barca semi-final in 2009 when I was manager at Stamford Bridge. We missed out on the final, too.

“But the big difference is that we did not moan about conspiracies. I don’t agree with Mourinho at all on this. It is right that Chelsea was badly disadvantaged then, especially with the handball penalty we were denied in injury time. That was a clear mistake from the referee.

“A couple of days later, when all the emotions had gone, we realised we had been robbed of a Champions League final. But never, ever, did anybody at Chelsea claim there was a conspiracy. You just don’t say things like that. The thought would not even enter my mind.

“But Mourinho does, so he goes too far. I think when he looks back at the video, he should make his apologies. If he does not do that, he is deliberately trying to change the truth for his own sake.’’

Much of Mourinho’s complaints last week stemmed from the sending off of Pepe in the second-half. The Portugal international’s challenge on Barcelona right-back Daniel Alves earned him an early shower, and Hiddink believes that the referee was right to show him the exit.

“I have known Wolfgang Stark as a man with a very direct ­approach, who was fully in his rights to send Pepe off,” he explained. “If Dani Alves had had his leg on the grass, that leg would now have been ­broken.”

The 64-year-old former Valencia and Real Betis coach, who managed Madrid in 1998-99, further criticised Mourinho’s defensive approach at the Santiago Bernabeu last week.

“In the first-half of the semi-final it was clear that Barcelona was the Spanish bull fighter who was holding up the red cape in front of Real Madrid,” stated Hiddink. “The only problem was that the bull did not want to play and remained really ­passive.

"In Spain that is a reason for the crowd at the Plaza de Toros to wave their white hankies. To me it was amazing that the Madrid crowd actually accepted the passive style of their team!

“That proved that for the clash between Madrid and Catalonia there are now different rules. It was fantastic how Barcelona ­handled the situation. At one point in the match the entire Barca team just stood still in their own half, because 11 Madrid players were just defending in their own half. They did not want to play football.

“It was obvious this was Mourinho’s choice to play the game like this. Tough. Barcelona did not fall for the trap.”

He added: “A couple of days earlier, Real Madrid proved that they can be so strong when they play good, attacking football.

“They blew Valencia away with 6-3 in a game with nine different players, a couple of days before the semi final! They changed their approach because they were told to by their coach.”

The second-leg of the last four encounter between Barcelona and Madrid is at Camp Nou on Tuesday evening.

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