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Mourinho revels in triumph as Real snatch Barca's crown

Jose Mourinho claimed his seventh domestic title — confirmed last night after his Real Madrid side clinched the Primera Division crown with a 3-0 win at Athletic Bilbao — was the toughest of his career. Mourinho has now won titles in four different countries following previous successes with Porto in his native Portugal, Chelsea in England and Inter Milan in Italy.


Real Madrid players toss coach Jose Mourinho after clinching the Spanish title with a 3-0 win over Bilbao. Pic/AFP

But the 49-year-old believes holding off the threat of Barcelona to guide Madrid to their first La Liga crown since 2008 lends extra weight to the achievement. After a first season which left plenty of doubts about the direction that Real were going, Mourinho has now managed to overturn a Barcelona side which has been described as one of the best of all time. Guardiola’s team won the last three Spanish titles and two Champions Leagues in a spell where they claimed 13 of a possible 16 trophies. Mourinho told RealMadridTV: “I won the league title in Portugal, Italy and England, but this one has been the toughest.

“I’ve won seven league titles overall and I know what it feels like. Barcelona won all their games, as befits the great team that they are. They are a club with great tradition that knows we deserved to win this title.” Real visit Granada at the weekend before playing Reel Mallorca in their final fixtureof the campaign at home.

Jose’s Super 7
Mourinho joins Ernst Happel and Giovanni Trapattoni in having won four different leagues.
>> FC Porto (Portugal):
2002/03, 2003/04
>> Chelsea (England):
2004/05, 2005/06:
>> Inter Milan (Italy):
2008/09, 2009/10
>> Real Madrid (Spain): 2011/12

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