Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho cried after knocking his former club Chelsea out of the Champions League and now he wants to see more tears as the Italians bid to end 45 years of European hurt in Madrid tonight.
Mourinho was tearful after eliminating the West Londoners following a 1-0 win in the last 16 at Stamford Bridge back in March, realising he had ruined the dream of many of his close friends.
But with Bayern Munich in his sights, the Portuguese now wants to see his boss Massimo Moratti wailing — with joy.
Mourinho has brought league and cup success to the San Siro this season, but capturing the Champions’ League for Moratti and Inter would represent his greatest achievement.
“At Stamford Bridge I cried because during the 90 minutes I wasn't thinking that I was playing against friends, but after the game I realised that my friends were out of the competition,” he said.
“But that was crucial for Inter, without that victory we wouldn't be here today — it was a difficult, emotional situation.
“Defeat or victory, (the final) will be unforgettable, but Moratti is a very special person for me.
“I would love to see him cry (with joy), I would love to see him with the cup in his hands, I would love to see him in a picture next to his father; I would love to give my little contribution to help make that happen.”
But having poured out his heart, the ‘Special One’ returned to his usual colourful and controversial self in the press room when he reserved a wicked taunt for Bayern, who have already celebrated two domestic titles of their own.
“Bayern had the party and the bus (celebration),” he said. “We haven't had a party or a bus.”