It seems as though finally, after more than 1000 days in charge of Real Madrid, Jose Mourinho has achieved his mission of derailing Barcelona. Too bad he's probably on way out of the Bernanbeu in the summer.

While the story goes that Mourinho will move on in the summer after an argument or five too many with his players, board members and pretty much everyone else he can now leave knowing he has fully got the better of Barcelona.

Madrid's 3-1 win over their rivals at the Camp Nou was almost perfect. Sensing their rivals' vulnerability, Los Blancos pounced and exploited their flaws, sweeping a side who had been their superiors for much of the last five years.

It will have been a sweet moment for Mourinho as his side earned a place in the Copa de Rey final and landed a huge blow to Barcelona's ailing aura - but does it count as his best ever day, or night, at the office? Check out the Special One's greatest ever matches.

Barcelona 1-0 Inter Milan, Camp Nou 2010

It's little wonder they're not exactly huge fans of Mourinho's in Catalonia, is it? Long before he was prowling the touch-line at the Bernabeu and eyeing up Tito Vilanova's eye as the perfect place to rest his thumb, Mourinho was causing mischief while in charge of Inter Milan.

The Portuguese coach had guided his side to a 3-1 advantage in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Barcelona in 2010 at the San Siro, but most thought Pep Guardiola's side would make up the deficit in the return leg on home soil.

Inter's task looked even more daunting after Thiago Motta was sent off with just 28 minutes played, but the Italians side clung on to a 1-0 defeat to secure their place in the final. Mourinho was in his element as the villain upsetting a Barca team at their very peak.

Real Madrid v Barcelona, Nou Camp, 2012

Billed as the game that would decide the title last season, Madrid came out on top at the Nou Camp; a win that would help Mourinho and his side wrestle the league trophy from Barcelona for the first time in four years.

Sami Khedira scored the opener before Alexis Sanchez levelled things up, only for Ronaldo to score the winner and move his side onto the verge of a historic title win. The two goals Real scored that night, their 108th and 109th of the season, even broke the Spanish scoring record. Some night.

Chelsea v Barcelona, Stamford Bridge, 2005

Are you detecting a theme here? Yes Barcelona were once again on the receiving end of one of Mourinho's managerial masterclasses as Chelsea moved past Barca and into the quarter-finals of the 2004/05 Champions League in thrilling fashion.

Trailing 2-1 from the first leg, Chelsea announced themselves as serious contenders in the Champions League under Mourinho with a sensation 4-2 win. The Blues stunned their rivals with three early goals from Eidur Gudjohnsen, Frank Lampard and Damien Duff - but Barcelona battled back to make it 3-2 on the night and all square across both legs.

Chelsea dug deep, and John Terry scored a winner with 14 minutes remaining to lift the roof off Stamford Bridge.

Manchester United v Porto, Old Trafford, 2004

Before Mourinho had announced himself as a nuisance beyond compare he was busy forging a reputation as one of the most promising up-and-coming young managers in Europe.

Drawn against Manchester United in the last 16 of the 2003/04 Champions League, Porto were underdogs to go through even after securing a 2-1 advantage in the first leg. 

The Red Devils duly took the lead at Old Trafford which put them on the verge of going through to the next round - until Costinha's late goal sent Mourinho sprinting down the touchline. From that moment on Porto's name seemed to be on the cup, and so it proved.

Chelsea v Manchester United, Stamford Bridge, 2006

A historic victory for many reasons, chief of which being that it was the result which finally helped Chelsea clinch the 2005/06 Premier League title. It was also Mourinho's 4th consecutive domestic title and his second straight Premier League crown.

Joe Cole, Ricardo Carvalho and William Gallas were all on the scoresheet as Chelsea drummed home their dominance in the Premier League, while Mourinho revelled in getting one over on his rival Sir Alex Ferguson once more.

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