As the Supercopa de Espana draws near and Spanish bakeries sell their finest "fingers of Mou," Jose Mourinho himself has publicly acknowledged that, yeah, jabbing Tito Vilanova in the eyeball during the scuffle that followed last year's Super Cup win for Barca was poor form. Obviously.
Though Mourinho and the newly promoted Vilanova shook hands and made up long ago and their bans have been lifted as part of a general amnesty from the Spanish football federation, Jose finally decided to admit that the incident was his bad.
"I should not have done what I did, obviously not," Mourinho told Fox Sports during Real's pre-season tour of the United States.
"The person who messed up there was me," added the Portuguese, in an interview posted on the broadcaster's website.
Many are hailing this as an apology, even though it doesn't appear to include an actual apology. Still, I suppose that statement of the obvious is a small step towards personal growth for Mourinho. And it will make it that much more entertaining when he does it again this year.