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Mourinho reflects on UCL heartbreak with Real Madrid vs Bayern: “First and only time I cried after a game”

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Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor. Without a few missteps along the way, the sweet taste of victory Real Madrid have become so accustomed to at the finish line would not feel as gratifying.

One of the heartbreaking setbacks that only served to strengthen the team down the line came under the reign of Jose Mourinho.

Real Madrid faced a bitter defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich on the night of April 25, 2012, in the Champions League semifinals, which is typically considered their stomping ground.

A candid confession

Recalling the defeat via Mundo Deportivo, Jose Mourinho acknowledged the loss as an immensely difficult pill to swallow.

“It was the first and only time I cried after a game. Obviously, I didn’t do it on the pitch or in the locker room but in the car while driving on the way home, yes,” the legendary manager confessed.

Mourinho further added that he took on the responsibility of consoling Cristiano Ronaldo too, who was equally distraught with the result after missing his penalty in the shootouts.

Although he had his own tears welled up, the Portuguese coach did not deny his duties and went over to Cristiano’s.

“I was completely devastated and suddenly I received a call from Jorge Mendes to do him a favour. He wanted me to go to Cristiano Ronaldo’s house because he was devastated.

“‘I’m devastated too,’ I told him, but I did it. I got ready, I wiped my tears and I went. We were all devastated,” Mourinho stated.

Los Blancos had suffered a loss against Barcelona in the previous season, which only added to the angst since they were eager to redeem themselves.

However, they were eventually greeted with light at the end of the tunnel. Real Madrid got back to winning ways by triumphing in the 2014 Champions League and went on to win the trophy historically four more times.

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Official: Real Madrid announce starting lineup to face Real Betis

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Real Madrid will sign off on their successful La Liga campaign today with a fixture against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The game, being seen as a final preparation for the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund, sees manager Carlo Ancelotti field his strongest possible lineup.

All eyes will obviously be on the retiring Toni Kroos, who bids goodbye to the Bernabeu in what will be his final home game as a Real Madrid player.

The German international starts in the centre of the park alongside Federico Valverde, while Eduardo Camavinga slots in as the No. 6.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid captain, Nacho Fernandez, also starts in what could be his last game at the Bernabeu as well.

Nacho pairs up with Antonio Rudiger in defence, flanked by the full-back pairing of Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy. Thibaut Courtois starts in goal ahead of Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Up front, Vinicius Jr. starts in attack, partnering up with Rodrygo Goes. Top scorer Jude Bellingham occupies the attacking midfield role for Real Madrid.

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