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Inter Milan Treble winner Materazzi: Mourinho a shield, a friend, a father and a brother

Inter Milan Treble winner Marco Materazzi has paid a glowing tribute to Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho led Inter to the Treble before leaving for Real Madrid.

Materazzi said, "Mourinho was a shield, a friend, a father and a brother. He'd tear us to shreds, too, really gave us a dressing down. He knew the right buttons to press and you saw the results.

“I basically stopped playing football with him, as the rapport we had was one of trust and respect. I knew that I might only need to play one game, but he'd respect me just as much.

“Consistency was the most important thing and he was consistent. He did what he said he would. People say I was angry with the one that followed him (Rafa Benitez), but we didn't get along because he wasn't consistent.

“It's difficult to follow Mourinho, but Leonardo was really intelligent in that he basically copied and pasted what Mou had done. Once he arrived, we recovered 19 points from Milan, and if we hadn't lost the derby in April, we would've overtaken them."

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