Andres Iniesta was recently reported to have questioned Jose Mourinho’s decision not to play goalie Iker Casillas, since the latter’s return from injury last month.
In an interview with Spanish radio station Onda Cerro, the renowned midfielder stated as he made reference to the bile between the shot stopper and his manager: “I do not think it has got anything to do with a sporting issue, but [rather] everything off the field that you hear about.”
But Mourinho has come out with his reply, snubbing the World Cup winner’s opinion: “[Iniesta] can think what he likes,” he said to reporters.
The former Chelsea boss then went on to expose Barcelona’s weakness without their playmaker Lionel Messi, adding:
“I would say to him that without Messi, his team is so different. And that is why they did what they did in the semi-finals of the Champions League.”
Barcelona were surprisingly humiliated 7-0 by German titans Bayern Munich on aggregate in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
La Liga leaders were beaten 4-0 at the Allianz Arena in the first leg, despite a half-fit Messi playing the full 90 minutes.
Barca were then destroyed 3-0 at the Camp Nou, in a match where the 25-year-old Argentinian was initially expected to lead his side to a historic comeback.
But manager Tito Vilanova finally decided to rest his No.10 star, after the player was reported to have detected a “strange feeling” in his leg during his match away to the San Mames against Athletic Bilbao in La Liga, the weekend before.
Four-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi has scored a record 60 goals for Barcelona this season, including two goals in the Spanish Supercup, four in the Copa del Rey, eight in the Champions League and 46 in La Liga.
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