Madrid: Jose Mourinho believes Barcelona`s humbling Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich is evidence of them being a diminished force without Lionel Messi.
The Real Madrid coach hit back at comments made by Andres Iniesta, in which the Spain international said he was surprised by Mourinho`s treatment of Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas.
But the 50-year-old told reporters: "[Iniesta] can think what he likes, but I would say to him that without Messi his team is so different and that is why they did what they did in the semi-finals of the Champions League."
The former Chelsea and Inter boss took responsibility for his team`s failure to meet their objectives this term.
"We want to finish the league in second place - but second place is not enough," said the two-time Champions League-winning coach.
"I haven’t been strong enough or persuasive enough as a coach to reach our objectives."
Mourinho was keen to add that his career at Madrid may not definitely be over, however, despite strong speculation linking him with a summer exit.
"If I think, and the boys think, that I can go on giving something more, I will continue [at the club]," he added.