Alvaro Arbeloa believes former Madrid coach and friend, Jose Mourinho does not get enough recognition for his achievements with the club.
The defender was part of Mourinho’s set up that shook up Barcelona’s dominance in the league.
The Portuguese won the 2011/12 La Liga, with 100 points, while scoring 121 goals. He also won the Copa del Rey in the 2010/11 season, during his three year tenure at the club.
“Mourinho was very important to break the Catalans’ dominance,” Arbeloa said in an interview with beIN Sports.
“He has not been given enough recognition for this but if he hadn’t come along, Pep Guardiola would still be winning titles in Barcelona to this day.”
Arbeloa is set to leave Real following Saturday’s Champions League final against Atletico Madrid in Milan.
And the 33-year-old has also paid tribute to current Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, adding: “He has our respect, admiration and affection.”