You might think Jose Mourinho would have developed a healthy hatred of FC Barcelona by now. After two years of hearing about Barcelona's greatness, and two years of intense matches and title chases and cup games, you would understand if Mourinho was just about sick of Barcelona.
The truth is Mourinho is thankful for their existence.
He credits their rivalry with helping transform a young Real Madrid team into a title winner, and for helping Real Madrid reach heights never before attained by the most successful club team in the world. Fresh off a record-setting season in La Liga , a league win capped by a title-clinching victory in Barcelona, Mourinho gave credit to his fiercest rival for providing the motivation for Madrid's title run.
"All the rivals should thank the other one for things you achieve," Mourinho said in an exclusive interview with FOX Soccer in New York City. "I always remember that when I was in England, Sir Alex Ferguson told me that the way Chelsea won the Prem...