“I’ve known him for many years. For me he’s one of the best central defenders in the world, but that’s nothing new,” AS quotes Iniesta saying of his Spain teammate.
“He’ll be a complicated, tough opponent. He brings a lot to his team. He’s the captain of Madrid and a captain of the national team. I have a lot of respect for him.”
Andres Iniesta reveals that he has huge respect for this Real Madrid star
I prefer the now, always, except those from those three years,” Iniesta replied, referencing Mourinho’s time at Santiago Bernabeu.
“These are about football, those were about tension. That noise from outside didn’t benefit anybody.”
“It will be different. We know each other very well and we all want to develop the game so the fans can enjoy it,” he went on.
“We don’t assess [the game] as if it will be like it was in the first round or on the points lead we have.
“We expect these games to be different no matter the form are opponents arrive in. We all like to win. We can take another step forward. We want to increase the gap on the team in second.”“The Coach is the boss and the decision-maker. I’m really enjoying the team level and the individual level,” he added.
“Being the captain is unlike anything else. You have no one above you, and it’s a very nice responsibility.
“I’ve experienced it naturally, but a captain without his teammates is nobody. You want to be natural and the best teachers are Carles Puyol, Xavi Hernandez and Victor Valdes.”