Safe to say Jens and Almunia had a fierce rivalry going on
When the match was over, I went up to him. “Listen, when something’s happening at my end, you’re not to yell at the back.” That was when all his rage broke out of him. “What do you want, bastardo?” he yelled. I shot back: “What are you saying? Why are you insulting me?” “Shut the f*** up, bastardo!” came the reply. “Ah, at least now you’re openly saying what you really think of me,” I said. “This is your true character – insulting colleagues!”
By now, the other players and the boss had noticed our argument and tried to calm us down, having to positively restrain Almunia so that he would not smack me. I, of course, would have welcomed him losing control, since that would have meant getting rid of a rival. Unfortunately, he cooled down again.
At the height of my duel with Almunia, I would wake up every morning thinking, I have to be good in training again today; I need to bump the other bloke somehow.