Jose Mourinho’s old scouting reports on Barcelona have been leaked to social media, with some fascinating details exposed on his view on stars such as Ronaldinho, Lionel Messi and Carles Puyol.
The report was composed during Mourinho’s first spell at Chelsea ahead of their memorable Champions League last sixteen clash against Barcelona in the 2005-2006 season which the Blues ended up losing 3-2 on aggregate.
Mourinho has certainly never been one to hold back with his opinions, and had some strong and controversial views about some of Barcelona’s main players ahead of the encounter.
On the ex-Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldinho Mourinho said: “Very poor defensive transition and defensive work – exploit. Constant cheater – falls easily.”
He also made some interesting observations about Barcelona’s then-captain Puyol, with Mourinho writing: “Aggressive but very emotional. Gets crazy with the referee in fouls against him and goes mad in provocations. Aggressive defender, plays in anticipation using body. Bad positional sense (comes to midfield with striker) and bad leadership of defence (wants to do offside when it’s not possible).
A young Messi was only just breaking into the Barcelona side at this time, but Mourinho could clearly already see the huge potential of the Argentinean.
He said: “Quality + speed but very left footed. Exactly the same behaviours as Ronaldinho. Inside between lines or diagonals. Encourages team forward by ball driving. Amazing 1 vs 1.”
And he had nothing but praise for Spanish legend Andres Iniesta.
“Always comes on from the bench. Very dynamic player. Great radius of action. Speed of movement and speed of execution. Tricky player,” he said.
The dossiers are certainly impressive in their depth of analysis, although on this occasion they could do nothing to stop a hugely talented Barcelona side, who went on to win the Champions League that season, beating Arsenal 2-1 in the final.