Andres Iniesta has accused Jose Mourinho of causing ‘hatred’ between Real Madrid and Barcelona players during his time at the Bernabeu.
The current Manchester United boss spent three seasons with Madrid and won three trophies with the Spanish giants, most memorably beating Barca to the La Liga title in 2011/12.
Mourinho and Pep Guardiola established a rivalry which would come to define the league in those years and the pair had numerous clashes on the touchline.
This tension often spilled over onto the pitch and Barca legend Iniesta believes that ‘lines were crossed’ when Mourinho was at the helm.
‘Mourinho was the key component in the bad blood between Barcelona and Real Madrid in that era. Lines were crossed,’ he told laSexta.
‘This caused a lot of harm in the national team. It was surreal. You didn’t see rivalry, you saw hatred. The environment was cultivated and unbearable.’