Marco Materazzi says people will not fully appreciate the value of Jose Mourinho's achievements at Real Madrid until he has left the club.
The Portuguese coach has received his fair share of criticism since he arrived at Madrid in 2010, and former Inter Milan defender Materazzi feels Mourinho deserves more respect for what he has done at Santiago Bernabeu.
"When he leaves Spain people will value what he's achieved, as they did in Italy," Materazzi told Marca.
The Italian said Mourinho's main objective at Madrid is to help the club to their 10th European Cup title.
"I speak to him every so often and I know that his priority is the Champions League and winning Madrid its 10th title," he said.
Madrid finished second in Group D behind Borussia Dortmund - but ahead of Ajax and Manchester City - to book their ticket for the knock-out stages of the competition.