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Júlio César lauds Mourinho heroics

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The Brazilian goalkeeper stated José was ‘more than a father’ to him, during the Portuguese’s incredible spell with the Nerazzurri.

Former Brazil shot-stopper Júlio Césarhas recalled the 2009-10 campaign with Inter when José  led the team to a historical treble, claiming the Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia. César has revealed that Mourinho left a big impression on him, stating that the heroics of the Portuguese have earned him a spot in the hearts of the Nerazzurri fans forever.

“Mourinho was more than a father to me when I was at Inter,” the 38-year-old told ESPN.

“In only two years, Mourinho and his staff helped win everything. Inter contracted Mourinho to win the Champions League. Inter had success in that period winning Serie A, but the Champions League was different. The club had not won it for 42 years. Within two years, Mourinho had won it. It was a heroic win.

“That Inter team and Mourinho will be in the hearts of Inter supporters forever.”

César, who is currently playing for Benfica, ended his international career in 2014 in the worst way possible after a 7-1 defeat to Germany in the World Cup. However, the goalkeeper has now moved on and he thinks it all came down to 15 minutes of low concentration from the squad.

“Unfortunately, I’ll have to reply to this question for the whole of my life,” César added. “It’s a situation that, until now, the people who played could not find an answer to what happened.

“We met a very strong team who had been prepared since 2006 to win this World Cup in 2014. Germany had been building this team for a long time, their coach explained that. I respected this Germany team a lot. They were very well organised and every player contributed to making them a great team.

“We lost our concentration for 10 or 15 minutes. In that short time we were penalised by the team who would win the World Cup.”