Mourinho’s time in Spain was one he will always try to forget. The Spanish press had a visible disdain of him and that pushed Mourinho further towards his bitter self. Here is another incident from that dark period.
The day was April 15, 2011. Real Madrid were set to face Barcelona, the first of the four mouth-watering El Classicos in a short succession.
It was announced shortly before the press conference that Mourinho would not be answering questions. Instead, his assistant Aitor Karanka would be speaking as had happened on occasions before in the season.
When Karanka did come out he was accompanied by Mourinho, but as soon as it was confirmed the Portuguese would not be answering any questions, it was estimated that more than 100 journalists and television crews from several different countries left the room.
Karanka then fielded questions from the journalists who stayed, but Mourinho remained silent.
Filippo Ricci, a journalist with Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport who was among those who left, explained:
What happened was Mourinho decided not to come to the press conference, the usual press conference before the clasico, and to send out Aitor Karanka.
The press didn’t like this decision and decided to quit the press centre as he was coming in. The surprise was that Mourinho also came into the press centre, but when the press officer said Mourinho wasn’t getting any questions, at that moment around half to three-quarters of the press centre left
Aitor Karanka, Mourinho’s assitant said,
Whenever the coach speaks his words are blown out of proportion. He doesn’t want that, nor does he want to be the one who heats things up before the match.
He’s preferred to stay quiet to avoid misunderstandings and it’s not the first time I’ve spoken, it’s a way of working. I’ve already been out [to speak to the media] 11 times, this isn’t something unusual.