ABOVE: Gerard Pique is the latest Barcelona star to criticise Jose Mourinho's time in Spain
Mourinho tried to take the game off the field of play and I think he acted like that because he felt inferior to Barcelona.
Barcelona and Spain star Gerard Pique
BARCELONA star Gerard Pique has taken a final dig at Jose Mourinho by claiming the new Chelsea boss felt ‘inferior’ in Spain.
Barca midfielder Andres Iniesta previously claimed the Portuguese manager had “damaged” Spanish football following a series of controversies.
Mourinho fell out with his own Real players, antagonised the Spanish press and stoked up a nasty atmosphere in El Clasico games against Madrid’s arch-rivals.
And Pique, 26, reckons that behaviour was all caused by the fact Mourinho could not deal with just how brilliant Barcelona were.
“It got to the point where I think we were quite superior to Real Madrid and we were winning lots of trophies,” the former Manchester United defender said.
“Mourinho tried to take the game off the field of play and I think he acted like that because he felt inferior to Barcelona.
Pique admits that the rivalry between Real and Barcelona overstepped the mark at times during Mourinho’s reign.
“Things got to the point where they crossed the line. It made for a tense atmosphere,” he added.
“There was a time when there was big tension between the Barcelona and Real Madrid players.
“That’s where everyone’s maturity came in to play to say, ‘That’s enough’.
“It wasn’t Mourinho who did it. It was some of the players who realised it was getting out of hand.”