Trainer José Mourinho cherishes warm memories of Diego Maradona. The Portuguese had regular contact with the legendary Argentinian, who died on Wednesday at the age of sixty.
‘My son will also tell about Maradona’
“I am very sad, but I still have a smile on my face”, Mourinho said on Thursday after Tottenham Hotspur’s 4-0 victory over Ludogorets in the Europa League.
“I loved every minute I spent with Diego, it was always a laugh with him. On nights like this, after a win, he never called. He did after defeats or at difficult moments. Then he said:” Mou ‘, you are the best, never forget that.’ I will miss him.”
Mourinho knows Maradona in several areas. “You have Diego and you have Maradona. The whole world knows Maradona the footballer, that legend lives on forever. The person Diego was different,” said the Portuguese.
“It has been a privilege for his family, friends and close colleagues to know Diego so well. I know him well enough, but it is a pity that I didn’t spend more time with him.”
57-year-old Mourinho is one of Maradona’s generation. “He was the footballer of my generation. I’m sure my son knows a lot about him too, even though he was born after Maradona’s period as a player,” said the former FC Porto coach, Chelsea, Internazionale, Real Madrid. and Manchester United.
“My son will later also tell his children about Maradona. I never saw Alfredo Di Stéfano play football, but my father made sure I knew a lot about him. The world will never forget Maradona.”
Maradona was buried near Buenos Aires on Thursday. ‘Fluffy’ was buried in a family grave, where his parents are also buried.