Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque says there are no specific characteristics that make a world-class coach, pointing to the contrast between his "calm" style of management and the more "aggressive" approach preferred by Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho.

Del Bosque won two Champions Leagues and two La Liga trophies in his four seasons in charge at Real Madrid, before going on to win the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 as Spain manager.

Mourinho has one La Liga title and a Copa del Rey to show for his first two full seasons at the Bernabeu, and should he deliver a Champions League title this season he will become the first manager ever to win the trophy with three different clubs.

The Portuguese coach's time in Spain has, however, been marked by regular controversies and rows with journalists, fans, referees and even his own players, including most recently a public disagreement with Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, who Mourinho said was at fault for Manchester United's goal in last week's 1-1 Champions League last-16 first leg draw at the Bernabeu.

Del Bosque, 62, said there was "a world" of difference between the two men's management styles, but the only thing that really mattered in coaching was getting the most from your players.

"Various factors like character and personality have an influence," Del Bosque told Spanish newspaper Marca. "Mourinho seems a very aggressive coach. I, on the other hand, am more calm. Between the two factors, maybe the two extremes, there is a whole world. But the most important thing is that the group works, everything else is secondary in the end."

The one-time Madrid midfielder said he did not think his former club currently missed his presence in the dugout.

"I do not believe they miss me," he said. "We are talking about the best club of the 20th century and one of the best at the moment, an extraordinary and very strong institution. Along with Barcelona, it maintains an incredible level and allows us all to enjoy football."

Del Bosque said it was, however, a pity that the high quality football displayed in the recent 1-1 Copa del Rey semi-final first leg between La Liga's big two at the Bernabeu had been overshadowed by controversy generated afterwards.

 

 

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