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Mourinho to César: "With one arm you're better than Casillas"

The Brazilian keeper, who played under the Portuguese at Inter, received a message after paying tribute to the former Real keeper at the 2013 Confed Cup.

Julio César recoge el trofeo a mejor portero de la Copa Confederaciones 2013 con la camiseta de Casillas.
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Julio César, who was between the sticks when Brazil beat Spain in the final of the 2013 Confederations Cup, has revealed he received a message from José Mourinho after paying tribute to former Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas after the game in the Maracanã by wearing a shirt bearing his opposite number’s name.

Casillas had been frozen out at the Bernabéu in the 2012-13 season with Mourinho relegating him to the bench in favour of Diego López. And after César’s dedication to his colleague, “for everything he had achieved” during his career, the keeper was surprised to find a message from the Portuguese coach on his mobile.

Julio César y Mourinho en un entrenamiento del Inter de Milán en mayo de 2010, días antes de la final de la Champions.

Mourinho: "You're mad. Casillas should be wearing your shirt"

“When I got to the dressing room I saw a message from Mourinho on my phone,” César, who is currently at Flamengo, said during an interview with SporTV. “He had been having problems with Casillas at Real Madrid. What he said was: ‘You’re mad. He should be putting on your shirt, not the other way around. You’re a batter keeper with one arm than he is.’”

César, who won the Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia treble under Mourinho in 2009-10, also made an observation about the Portuguese’s management style. “Mourinho likes to get in the faces of those players who are considered stars at the teams that he manages.”