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Thursday, 14 October 2010 16:14

Malaga boss Ferreira prepares to meet old enemy Mourinho: “Players will need no motivation”

Ronaldo praised

As La Liga’s Portuguese coaches get ready to face off this weekend, Malaga’s Jesualdo Ferreira has attempted to downplay the history of tension between himself and Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho.

The pair have a long story together, stemming back to the 1980s when Mourinho was a student at the Lisbon Superior Institute for Physical Education, where Ferreira was a teacher. Mourinho worked as Ferreira’s assistant during the 1990/91 season at Estrela da Amadora, but the relationship grew strained after Mourinho refused to have his older colleague as his right-hand man when taking over at Benfica.

After leaving Porto and Portuguese football in 2004, Mourinho wrote an article for Record in which he compared himself and his achievements to that of Ferreira. Highlighting his adversary’s lack of top-level success at the time, Mourinho stated that Ferreira could be “a story of a donkey who worked for 30 years but never became a horse”.

Ferreira would later go on to enjoy much success himself with Porto, winning three consecutive league titles from 2007-2009. This Saturday at La Rosaleda will see the two square off for the first time since taking up their respective new roles in Spanish football, with Ferreira still looking for his first victory over his former pupil.

“I believe my problems with Mourinho are resolved. My relationship with him is absolutely cordial,” Ferreira told AS in the build-up to the match.

“These matches are the easiest to prepare for as a coach. Everyone wants to play these games and you don’t need to motivate the players. Mourinho will have more difficulty motivating the players and having them at 100% than I will.”

Asked whether he was more concerned with Cristiano Ronaldo or Gonzalo Higuain, Ferreira responded by praising the Portugal captain’s ability to change games on his own. “They are two different players. Cristiano is very powerful, strong and shoots very well. He is also very good in the air. Higuain is a striker who is good at finishing. The difference is that Higuain, to work well, relies on others, but Cristiano is capable of doing things on his own and relying on himself.

“I have come up against Cristiano a couple of times. In the Champions League, with Manchester United, he killed me with that goal from 30 meters that knocked us (Porto) out.

“Messi or Ronaldo? Both. One was the best player last year; the other was the best player the year before. Cristiano has swapped England for Spain and had a few injuries, which should be considered.”

By Sean Gillen

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Comments (3)
3 Thursday, 14 October 2010 20:13
I forget on last post, the portuguese players Eliseu and Duda will not play, they're injured.
We have game
2 Thursday, 14 October 2010 20:05
Hoping a great game. Attention to both Malaga strikers: Quincy and Rondón (in my opinion, a future star).
I think Real Madrid can win it easily but we never know...
Nice match to follow next weekend!
well said
1 Thursday, 14 October 2010 19:07
Well said with his comparison between ronaldo and messi and ronaldo with higuain.

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