Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claims he would have won the Champions League with Real Madrid in 2011-12, if Cristiano Ronaldo had not missed his kick during the penalty shootout in the semifinal against Bayern Munich.
Real and Bayern went into penalties in that semifinal, with the aggregate tied at 3-3. However, Ronaldo, Kaka and Sergio Ramos failed to convert for the Los Blancos, which eventually cost them the tie.
Mourinho blamed Ronaldo for Real's failure to make it to the final that season. The Special One had taken over the reins at Real in 2010, soon after winning the Champions League with Inter Milan.
Having already clinched the trophy with Porto earlier, Mourinho's European title count could have increased to three, had the Portuguese tactician won it during his time at Real, or the first spell at Chelsea, where he controversially went out to Liverpool in the semis once.
"Winning the Champions twice as coach has made my career a special one," Mourinho told TVI24.
"I've been in several semi-finals too and some defeats were especially hard to take, such as the goal that did not exist against Liverpool [during his first Chelsea spell] in 2005 or on penalties in 2012 when our first-choice penalty taker [Ronaldo] went up first and failed."
Mourinho also dismissed speculations that he would replace Paulo Bento as the manager of Portugal, and stressed that it is strange to find such rumours after the season started.
Bento left the post by mutual consent after a shock 1-0 defeat at home to Albania last week.
"They have not asked me if I want the job, but I would not accept. I'm surprised with the situation though. It is not unheard of for a coach to be fired or to depart after one or two games, sometimes even in pre-season if it does not feel right. If there's not a connection there or if chances of success are minimal.
"But that's not the case here. If at the end of the World Cup, Bento had decided to leave or the Portuguese football association had chosen to get someone new, that would be normal. But at this point it is strange."
Meanwhile, former Real president Ramon Calderon claims Ronaldo has become "fed up" with life at the Bernabeu.
Ronaldo moved to Real from Manchester United in 2009, and has won a La Liga title, a Champions League and two Copa del Rey titles so far. However, there have been some speculations about the forward's future of late, with several reports claiming he wants to return to Old Trafford.
And Calderon says the 29-year-old has been unhappy with some of the transfer decisions Real made in recent years.
"My impression is he is fed up with the policy of the current president," Calderon told Talksport. "When he came to Real Madrid with Arjen Robben he thought he would be a good colleague for him in the team but then Robben was sold.
"Two years ago it was Gonzalo Higuain sold and he didn't like that. Last year he thought it was a mistake to let Mesut Ozil leave and the last straw was selling Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria this summer."
Calderon's comments have further fuelled rumours that Ronaldo could leave Real soon.