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How Jose Mourinho told Ramos and Alonso to deliberately get Red Cards during a UCL Clash with Ajax

Jose Mourinho announced himself to the British media as the Special One in 2004 when Roman Abramovich had just appointed him as the Manager of Chelsea Football club. "I like to think of myself as the Special One," he told the press in his first interview as the Chelsea Manager. Jose Mourinho could indeed be considered as the Special One.

Jose Mourinho won the 2003/04 UEFA Champions League with a mediocre FC Porto team. The European success of the Portuguese club was seen as one of the major upset in the history of the UEFA Champions League.

No one really thought that the FC Porto Squad would lift the highest title in Europe at that time. After his Champions League glory with FC Porto in 2004, Jose Mourinho went ahead to Manage a lot of notable clubs in Europe and won titles for them.

He has Managed Chelsea twice, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspurs before he took his current job in the Italian Serie A with AS Roma. The only club that Jose Mourinho didn't win a trophy for was Tottenham Hotspurs and he could have, if he had been allowed to oversee the Carabao Cup Final that he led Spurs to before he was eventually sacked.

Jose Mourinho is popular for his rather unorthodox tactics in football. The Portuguese Gaffer invented the infamous 'Parking the Bus' formation whereby a team solely plays Defensive Football rather than balancing the offense with Defense. He did that when he was at Manchester United.

Despite facing a serious backlash from the media and among Football enthusiasts at that time, 'Parking the Bus' tactic doesn't even make it to the top of list of Jose Mourinho's unpopular tactics.

He has once ordered his Players Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso to deliberately get sent off in a match. It happened in 2010 when Jose Mourinho was still Managing Real Madrid. The Los Blancos travelled to Netherlands to take on Ajax in their fifth UEFA Champions League group stage game.

Before the trip to Netherlands, Jose Mourinho and his Real Madrid Squad had already qualified for the knockout rounds. During the clash against Ajax, Real Madrid were already beating their host 4-0 with 10 minutes to go thanks for a brace from Cristiano Ronaldo and a goal each from Arbeloa and Karim Benzema.

Real Madrid were obviously cruising to victory in the game and had already topped their group with a dead rubber game in hand against AJ Auxerre, a French club.

With 10 minutes to go against Ajax, Jose Mourinho called Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos to the sidelines. The reason why he called them was unknown initially but, it became clearer after the two Players got back on the pitch. Their Boss had told them to do what no Manager would ever told their Players to do, to deliberately get sent off.

The reason for this was because Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos were already on Yellow Cards from previous matches and were just one Yellow Card away from getting suspended. With a dead rubber game in hand, Jose Mourinho told his Player to get Red Cards so that they will miss the clash with Auxerre and be back with a clean slate for the knockout rounds.

The two Players did get the task done. Xabi Alonso got his second Yellow Card in the game and an eventual Red Card for wasting time but Sergio Ramos got a little bit dramatic with his own.

Sergio Ramos decided to take a goalkick instead of Iker Casillas and took a lot of time before doing so. This didn't sit well with the referee as he showed Sergio Ramos a straight Red Card. Before vacating the pitch, Ramos went to shake the hand of the referee for showing him a Red Card.

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