Maradona & Mourinho


telegraph.co.uk

Jose Mourinho provides bedside comfort for Diego Maradona

Jose Mourinho is someone to ‘take to your bedside table and ask for advice’ according to Argentina coach Diego Maradona, who has been discussing tactics with the new Real Madrid coach in the build up to the World Cup.

Although Argentina have made an impressive start to the tournament, Diego Maradona has still said he might give new Real Madrid manager Mourinho a call if he ever felt in need of tactical advice.

“I like Mourinho a lot [as a coach],” Maradona said. “On top of that, the way he received me, we spent hours talking about football, attacking and defensive tactics.

“He seemed to me a guy to take to your bedside table and ask him each time you need something. I’ve got his phone number, I might call him,” Maradona said.

Maradona, however, said he would refrain from using the ultra defensive tactics Mourinho’s Inter employed to get past Barcelona in this year’s Champions League semi-finals.

“No, not that. But it worked for him, right? He won the Champions League,” Maradona said.

Argentina face Mexico in the second round at Soccer City on Sunday after coasting through their group, winning all three games and scoring seven goals in the process.

Although Maradona’s key player Lionel Messi has yet to find the net, Maradona remains pleased with the Barcelona players for at the finals.

“No player has come within 30 per cent of Messi’s form at the finals,” Maradona said.

“I believe he’s broken the mould and is ready, let’s end the comparisons [with Maradona]. Leo is ready to go out onto a pitch and leave it [the tournament] with the crown.”

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