April 26, 2011

Jose Mourinho:Elimination match expert

Mourinho has not lost an elimination match or tie in two years and has seen off 12 teams in doing so

Jose Mourinho knows what it means to win the big ones. The Real Madrid manager, who has won the last three knockout competitions he has competed in (Coppa Italia, Champions League and Copa del Rey), has not lost an elimination match over the last two years. Since joining forces with Inter and losing the Italian Super Cup 2-1 to Lazio, he has gone on to eliminate the last 12 teams: Livorno, Juventus, Fiorentina, Chelsea, CSKA Moskva, Barcelona, Lyon, Tottenham, Murcia, Levante, Atletico and Sevilla . Mourinho hopes to extend the run with a solid performance against Barcelona on Wednesday at the Santiago Bernabeu.

16/12/09Inter 1-0 LivornoRound of 16Coppa Italia 2009/10
28/01/10Inter 2-1 JuventusQuarterfinals
03/02/10Inter 1-0 FiorentinaSemifinals (1st leg)
13/04/10Fiorentina 0-1 InterSemifinals (2nd leg)
05/05/10Inter 1-0 RomaFinal*
24/02/10Inter 2-1 ChelseaRound of 16 (1st leg)

Champions League 2009/10

16/03/10Chelsea 0-1 InterRound of 16 (2nd leg)
31/03/10Inter 1-0 CSKA MoskvaQuarterfinals (1st leg)
06/04/10CSKA Moskva 0-1 InterQuarterfinals (2nd leg)
20/04/10Inter 3-1 BarcelonaSemifinals (1st leg)
28/04/10Barcelona 1-0 InterSemifinals (2nd leg)
22/05/10Bayern 0-2 InterFinal*
26/10/10Murcia 0-0 R. MadridRound of 32 (1st leg)

Copa del Rey 2010/11

10/11/10R. Madrid 5-1 MurciaRound of 32 (2nd leg)
22/12/10R. Madrid 8-0 LevanteRound of 16 (1st leg)
06/01/11Levante 2-0 R. MadridRound of 16 (2nd leg) 
13/01/11R. Madrid 3-1 AtleticoQuarterfinals (1st leg)
20/01/11Atletico 0-1 R. MadridQuarterfinals (2nd leg) 
26/01/11Sevilla 0-1 R. MadridSemifinals (1st leg)
02/02/11Real Madrid 2-0 SevillaSemifinals (2nd leg)
20/04/11Barcelona 0-1 R. MadridFinal*
22/02/11Lyon 1-1 R. MadridRound of 16 (1st leg)
Champions League 2010/11
16/03/11R. Madrid 3-0 LyonRound of 16 (2nd leg)
05/04/11R. Madrid 4-0 TottenhamQuarterfinals (1st leg)
13/04/11Tottenham 0-1 R. MadridQuarterfinals (2nd leg) 
*Finals not counted

Mourinho has won 82% of the 22 knockout matches (not including finals) he has coached in over the last two years. His sensational record of 18 victories, two draws and only two defeats (one with Inter and one with Real Madrid) is a warning shot for Barcelona heading into the Champions League semifinals.

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