Mourinho hails Man Utd legend Ferguson before clash

3/5/13 in Soccer   |   KurtKingsley   |   1858 respect

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Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has praised the “unique” Old Trafford boss Sir Alex Ferguson. Jose Mourinho paid tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson’s achievements and hoped the great Scotsman would stay as manager next year.
Jose Mourinho’s statements arrive just before Real Madrid lock horns with Manchester United at Old Trafford for the second-leg of their Champions League battle in Round-of-16. Jose Mourinho announced “the world will stop” to see the clash of titans on March 5, although his side will have an uphill battle to climb.
Manchester United managed to grab a 1-1 draw from the first-leg of the battle at Santiago Bernabeu, which means Real Madrid will have to score the crucial away goal to level the playing field.
Jose Mourinho, who has been often touted as the possible successor to Sir Alex Ferguson, claims he has struggled to perform and achieve like the Manchester United manager. The Portuguese claims it is very hard for any manager to follow or challenge the brilliant career of Sir Alex Ferguson.
“Sir Alex is unique and I don't have any words that can add to what everybody thinks about him and the respect he deserves from everybody,” Jose Mourinho said.
Jose Mourinho, who just recently celebrated his 50th birthday, hopes he can manage for a couple of more decades. The ex-Inter Milan boss believes a manager’s career is just wine with time; the older it gets the better it becomes.
“It is the kind of job the older you are the better you are,” Jose Mourinho said. “The experiences we live and the thoughts we give to our experiences makes you better. I would love that God gives me health so that I can do it.”
Jose Mourinho had no answer for the million dollar question; who will win enter the quarterfinals, but he ensured Real Madrid were going to fight till their last breath to win the battle.
“That is the $1 million question, what will make the difference,” Jose Mourinho said. “Nobody knows and the world will stop to watch this tie. It doesn't look a tie. It looks a final. I doubt the expectation can be bigger than this one.”
Jose Mourinho has an exceptionally good record against Sir Alex Ferguson, but the Portuguese manager turned down suggestions that he was a better manager than the Scottish gaffer.
“It is the kind of match where everything can happen. I know football and big matches well enough to know tomorrow we can go through or we can go out,” Jose Mourinho added.
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