Jose Mourinho has laid his failure to win the Champions League with Real Madrid at the feet of Cristiano Ronaldo.
The coach joined Madrid in 2010 having just won the trophy with Inter, but a third success in the competition eluded the Portuguese as he could only reach three consecutive semi-finals in his three seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The closest Mourinho and Ronaldo came to being crowned champions of Europe together was in 2011-12 when they took Bayern Munich to penalties after extra-time in the semi-final second leg, but failed efforts from Ronaldo, Kaka and Sergio Ramos saw them eliminated.
Mourinho left Madrid for Chelsea last summer, where he is gearing up for Wednesday’s Champions League group-stage opener versus Schalke, but he has not forgotten how his regular penalty taker missed at the most crucial of stages.
“Winning the Champions twice as coach has made my career a special one,” the former Porto boss told TVI24.
“I’ve been in several semi-finals too and some defeats were especially hard to take, such as the goal that did not exist against Liverpool [during his first Chelsea spell] in 2005 or on penalties in 2012 when our first-choice penalty taker [Ronaldo] went up first and failed.”