Jose plays down Xavi spat
Jose Mourinho has moved to diffuse a reported spat with Xavi in the aftermath of Inter's defeat of Barca.
Last Updated: 21/04/10 5:41pm
Jose Mourinho has moved to diffuse a reported spat with Xavi in the aftermath of Inter Milan's impressive defeat of Barcelona on Tuesday.
The purported battle of the 'Special Ones' went in favour of Mourinho as he negated Lionel Messi's threat in masterminding his side's 3-1 victory.
Rumours have surfaced that the Portuguese had rowed with Barca schemer Xavi in the tunnel at full-time, labelling him a bad loser in the process.
While remaining typically coy as to what was actually said, Mourinho admits he did have a discussion with Xavi after the Spaniard criticised the referee for failing to award Barcelona a late penalty.
Mourinho, though, insists relations with Xavi remain entirely amicable after conceding he has nothing but admiration for the brilliant midfielder.
"I think it is very hard to lose, especially for somebody who is not used to losing," he explained.
"Even I am like this. It is the characteristic of somebody who almost always wins.
"For a team which is used to always winning, it is not easy. But this is football.
"I love Xavi and can never have any problems with him. I have known him for so long and love him.
"When I went to salute him in the tunnel at the end of the game, he spoke about the referee and I said he must have been talking about the referee (Tom Henning) Ovrebo from Chelsea-Barcelona last season, not this game.
"But there can never be a problem between us. He is fantastic."