Jerzy Dudek, former Liverpool and Real Madrid goalkeeper has once again sparked one of the most shocking incidents in club football of recent time.
The incidence takes us back to 2011 when Jose Mourinho was in charge of Real Madrid and a furious Madrid press was finding the “RAT” inside Bernabeu dressing room.
This controversial event saw one of the Real Madrid players leaking the entire team news and tactics to the Spanish media ahead of the massive El Classico clash against Barcelona.
Mourinho was scheduled to play Pepe in midfield to stop Lionel Messi but Barcelona knew these things beforehand and were ready with their plan of attack.
After the game, a furious and enraged Jose Mourinho walked inside the Real Madrid dressing room and let go off his emotion and anger in the most outrageous manner possible. Mourinho accused then Real Madrid player Estaben Granero to be the leak and in Mourinho’s words, a RAT.
According to Dudek, Mourinho said: ‘I see your relations with media are quite good. I know we have to get along with them but I didn’t think you were getting along that well.
“I heard from them that you do not want the meetings before the games, that we practice set-pieces wrong way and our tactical trainings are not good enough.
“‘I turn on my TV four hours before the game and what the f**k do I see? That the journo is giving away our squad.’
Mourinho shouted: ‘How could we ever surprise Barca if one of you is a rat! Yes, yes a rat! Somebody released the info about the starting XI before the game.
“‘They knew everything about us. We trained all week. We wanted to surprise them. We wanted to make some changes. We put Pepe in midfield to play against Lionel Messi and we talked about how Pepe knows how to deal with him.
“‘He knows when to let him go so he’s not the danger for us when he has the ball and makes the difference and we start panicking. That’s why Pepe had to play in midfield, right? Right. And everything was perfect. Why could it not work out?’
Mourinho started shouting again: ‘I always go ahead of you, in the first line, I control everything that happens. Like a general, I always go into fire for you.
“‘We were about to attack them when somebody backstabbed me. One of you sticks a knife in my back before the game that is so important for us.’
According to Dudek, at this point, Mourinho had tears in his eyes. Jose continued, ‘Where is this rat? Who is it? Who could it be? Maybe you…’ and he pointed at Esteban Granero, who was born in Madrid.
“Mourinho explained: ‘It may be somebody who plays here for a long time.’ He pointed at three or four other guys and asked: ‘How can you destroy what we’ve been working for all week?
“‘You screwed me over. But you screwed yourselves, your families and your friends too. I will get to the f***ing source. Though I don’t know if it will be needed now. I am f***ing sick and tired of you.’
“‘Mourinho threw a plastic bottle against the wall, slammed the door and left.”