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Mourinho's philosophy will never sit easy with fans

Last Updated: 25/04/12 1:34pm

Former Real Madrid defender Michel Salgado admits Jose Mourinho will never be fully embraced the club's fans, despite his overwhelming success.

"Mourinho has been signed to win titles and he is winning titles. The mentality he has to prepare for games is great."

Michel Salgado

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Mourinho masterminded Real's 2-1 victory over Barcelona at the Camp Nou on Saturday night to open up a seven-point lead in La Liga with four games remaining - putting them on the brink of regaining the title from their arch-rivals.

Salgado praised Mourinho for his impact but admitted the former Chelsea and Inter Milan manager would never be idolised at the Bernabeu.

"It is full credit to him (Mourinho) because he is doing everything to win," Salgado told Revista. "You have to be honest, he has been signed for Real Madrid to win and he is doing his job.

"The problem is he will never be praised in Spain, especially in Real Madrid, because the style of his football is not the normal style of Real Madrid.

"They score goals but on the counter attack and that is not the normal style of Real Madrid and its years and years of history.

Winning mentality

"Sometimes I disagree with him with the way he approaches the game, even against Bayern Munich in the first leg (of the Champions League semi-final). He went there not to lose the game.

"He's been signed to win titles and he is winning titles and his strengths are mental. The mentality he has to prepare for games is great.

"He doesn't care about the critics or whatever the people say about him. He knows how to win; he likes a way to win and he will never change that way.

"It's about 50/50 (the fans support of Mourinho). They are really happy now because we needed to win a title, a big title."

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winner for Real Madrid on Saturday - his 42nd strike in La Liga this season - and Salgado said the Portuguese's performance proved he can produce on the grandest stage.

"There have been so many doubts about Ronaldo's performances on the big stages," Salgado added. "But (on Saturday) he proved he is at his best and that he has learned about playing for Real Madrid.

"Now he is crucial for Real Madrid. Not only for the goals but now he is helpful. He is getting in the shape of Real Madrid and making a big effort. So he has said 'look I am here', at the right moment, on the right stage, 'I am here'."