Hugo Sanchez, the former Mexican and Real Madrid striker, expressed his admiration for Jose Mourinho’s playing style over the possession based game of their closest rivals, Barcelona.
“I personally prefer Real Madrid’s playing style to Barcelona’s style. I like the directness and explosiveness,” Hugo Sanchez told Marca Radio in an interview.
The criticism of the Barcelona style comes on the heels of Spain being blamed of “boring play” at the Euro 2012 for adopting the same style played by Barcelona.
"You have to be aggressive and play at high pace with vertical passes. And obviously, you have to be strong in defense as well,” Sanchez said in the interview.
The Mexican coach, who is returning to the pitch at the head of Mexican club Pachuca, also had words of praise for the Portuguese coach.
"Mourinho has made them a perfectly balanced team. I am convinced that they can win three or four consecutive titles with Mourinho in charge. They might even bring back the golden days,” said Sanchez who won four league titles and four scoring titles in his time with the Spanish club.
With Spain consolidating its spot as one of the top teams of all time with its second consecutive European title, the coach also believes its time for a Spanish player to win the Golden Ball for the best player in the world.
"I would love it if a Spaniard won it. In 2010, Xavi was the one who deserved it, but things are more equal now. It would be wonderful if Casillas won it."
- El delantero mexicano Hugo Sánchez, es una de las máximas figuras del fútbol mexicano, por eso en Terra hemos querido rendirle un homenaje en su cumpleaños número 54 y recordar su brillante carrera que tuvo en Real Madrid durante los siete años que permaneció en el club 'merengue' Photo: AP
- After a brilliant start at Pumas and Atletico Madrid, Sanchez went to one of the most prestigious clubs in the world, Real Madrid. There, he scored 79 goals, helped Real win the Copa del Rey and he was named top scorer of La Liga. Photo: AP
- Durante tres temporadas consecutivas fue el goleador de la Liga en España, y en la última que terminó como máximo artillero 1989/1990 al anotar 38 goles , rompió el récord del histórico delantero del Athletic de Bilbao, Telmo Zarra. Photo: AP
- Including La Liga, and national and international cups, Sanchez wore the Real jersey 283 times and scored 307 goals. Photo: AFP
- In his final season with Real, in 1991-92, Sanchez suffered various injuries that limited his effectiveness, and ended his career in Spain. Photo: AFP
- Even though a Champions League title was the only honor that eluded Sanchez at Real, today he is still an idol of Real fans. Photo: Mexsport
- The goals and scoring titles are recorded in the memory of the Spanish fans who had the privilege of watching one of the great scorers in Real's history. Photo: Mexsport
- Sanchez's prolific scoring efforts are still remembered today. Photo: Mexsport