Friday, 20 April 2018

Julio Cesar Reveals Mourinho's Iker Casillas Jibe

Mourinho and Iker Casillas endured a strained relationship during the Portuguese coach's time in charge of Real Madrid, with the Spanish club captain regularly relegated to the bench amid an unhappy 2012-2013 campaign.
Julio Cesar, however, had flourished during Mourinho's previous stint at Inter Milan and, after his Brazil side beat Spain 3-0 in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup final, he arranged a shirt swap with Casillas and wore his opposite number's kit during the trophy presentation.

And now, Brazilian goalkeeper Cesar has revealed details of a notable conversation he had with Mourinho after the 2013 Confederations Cup final.

Cesar was chosen as the best goalkeeper of the tournament. But the tribute was apparently met with derision from his former manager when he picked up the prize wearing a Casillas shirt, to make "a tribute for everything he did."
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Iker Casillas
"When I got to the dressing room, I saw a message from Mourinho on my cell phone," he said during an interview.

"'You're crazy, it's Casillas who would have to put on your shirt and not you,' it read.

"And he told me that with only one arm I stopped more than Casillas. 
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Julio Cesar revealed he urged Casillas after the final to seek out a meeting with Mourinho, although the impending departure of the Portuguese boss from the Santiago Bernabeu had been announced before the tournament.  
"Iker went to the dressing room to talk to me and I told him to have a discussion with Mourinho, which is difficult but he had to face it," Cesar continued.

"Mourinho likes to go face to face with the players who are considered stars in the teams that he coaches."

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