Iniesta Labels Mourinho as Unbearable During Real Madrid Stint

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Former Barcelona midfielder Andreas Iniesta has claimed Jose Mourinho created an unbearable atmosphere between Barca and Real Madrid players when he was in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Iniesta called time on a glittering career with the Catalan giants at the end of last season and now plays for Japanese side Vissel Kobe.

Mourinho developed a fierce rivalry with Barca boss Pep Guardiola while he held the hot seat at Real from 2010-13. Meanwhile, the Spain international team started to decline after their victory at the 2012 European Championships, crashing out of the 2014 World Cup in the group stages.

Speaking about the animosity between the two Clasico teams, Iniesta told La Sexta: “You don’t have to be for Barcelona or Real Madrid to know that the situation was unpleasant.

“And the key component in that story was Mourinho. Whoever doesn’t want to see that, is radical.

“You didn’t see the rivalry that always existed before, it went beyond that, you saw hate. That atmosphere developed and it was unbearable.

“The Barca-Madrid tension caused by Mourinho did much damage to the national team [Spain] and the teammates.”

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