Real Madrid star Pepe has criticised Jose Mourinho for making things unclear whilst he was at the Santiago Bernabeu, claiming he does not miss The Special One being in charge.
With Mourinho still likely reeling from Chelsea being dumped out of the Champions League at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain last night - a loss that renders the treble dream impossible - there’s scarcely a time he’ll want to hear less from former players than right now.
Pepe criticises Mourinho
Yet Pepe, whose comments made to radio station COPE have been relayed by the Daily Express, has taken it upon himself to hail current Real boss Carlo Ancelotti, positively talking up the differences between training sessions now and how they were when Mourinho was at the helm in the Spanish capital.
"I don’t miss Mourinho. It was a different era which is over.
"Ancelotti is not too lenient with us. He has a very distinguished curriculum and he demands a lot from us. Our training sessions under Ancelotti are much more intensive than they were under Mourinho.
"I thank God that I’ve a coach like him, he’s really helped me a lot. He tells me: ‘Pepe, with your quality, you’ve got to anticipate play. You’re fast and strong and you read the game well. You need to be focused’."
Speaking of the recent criticisms of Iker Casillas, that were in part brought about by decisions made by Mourinho, Pepe also said: "Things were never clear when Mourinho was here; I paid the price for saying that he should be respected for what he has done for Spain. That was unfair."
Of course it’s not as though Pepe’s current situation is all smiles in contrast to those of his former manager. Real themselves were extremely lucky to sneak through to the Champions League quarterfinals after losing 4-3 to Schalke 04 at home, and a drop in recent form has also seen them cede the spot at the top of La Liga to Barcelona.
With Sergio Ramos out injured Los Blancos have looked dangerously susceptible at the back, and despite Pepe’s overwhelming experience he’s formed part of a shaky defence. Rumours persist in stating that the Portuguese defender is set to put pen to paper on a new deal at the Santiago Bernabeu, though at the moment his future is uncertain as Raphael Varane is pushing him for a first-team spot.
Pepe's Real future
The 32-year-old has looked first-choice under Carlo Ancelotti for the duration of this campaign but come the end of the season a decision will need to be made. With suitors in England Real could certainly offload him with little trouble if they want to, and that’s what it may come to if they want to keep hold of Varane.
Despite the fact that the France international is highly-rated by Real chiefs he remains a backup option to Pepe and Ramos and rumours infer he’s none too happy with the situation. Patience has been the word so far thanks to his young age, but sooner or later he’s going to offer an ultimatum; play me or lose me. If Ancelotti wants to avoid that he’ll have to start giving Varane game-time, and with Ramos virtually undroppable Pepe is the man who will make way.
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