Jose Mourinho said at the end of the first leg at the Bernabeu that he was confident that Real Madrid would score against Manchester United at Old Trafford tonight. With the talent in the team and the confidence that two brilliant wins against Barcelona have produced I am sure he is right. After all Madrid have failed to score in just one of the last 12 games. The only slight advantage that United have is that they do not technically need to score.
Angel Di Maria received possibly the stupidest red card I have ever seen, to spoil what was looking like a great result for Real Madrid. Jose Mourinho knows he will not catch Barcelona to win La Liga, but there is still the small matter of overtaking Atletico Madrid for second place, and building momentum, so he will be pleased with the win.
Mourinho rested some key players for the trip to bottom-of-the-table Deportivo, but must still have been surprised at how much his team struggled. Deportivo sensed that the Madrid team was thinking about tomorrow’s Copa Del Rey second leg Clasico, and they very nearly took advantage. The striker Riki was a real thorn in the side throughout, and he gave Depor a deserved lead before half time, beating Lopez at the near post.
Real Madrid came up against a Manchester United team that was well organised and stuck to the game plan well, but it could have all been different. If Madrid had got their noses in front, then United would have had to throw off the shackles a bit and be more adventurous, allowing Madrid more space and freedom to play the kind of football we are so good at.
Cristiano Ronaldo will be looking to inflict some damage on his former team when Real Madrid take on Manchester United on Wednesday. His former team mate who was the club captain while the Madrid striker was there, Gary Neville, has sent a warning to the United players. Ronaldo will seek out the weakest link in the United team and torment them all through the game at the Bernabeu.
“Ronaldo is a bully. He bullies the weakest defender. He does it all the time. He did it to Manchester City against Maicon. He will play on the left wing. If he can’t get on the ball he will play centre forward, right wing, midfield.”
Real Madrid were firing on all cylinders yesterday, and any arguments between the players and the coach were forgotten as Madrid showed what they can do away to Valencia. Valencia were a little unfortunate not to get any goals, as they did have a few chances and could possibly have had a penalty, but Ronaldo could also have had a penalty and Madrid could have scored more than the five they did.
Real Madrid have been on the wrong side of some poor decisions this season, and it seems to have got worse recently. Kaka was sent off against Osasuna on Saturday for two yellow cards, both of which were extremely soft. The first was for an elbow when replays showed that he merely jumped with his hand up. The second was for impeding afree kick when the player just kicked the ball at him on purpose.
Jose Mourinho knows that Real Madrid must win against Valencia in the Bernabeu tonight. It is only the first leg in the quarter-finals of the Copa Del Rey, but Valencia are a tough opponent at any time, and have already held the Spanish champions to a draw at home in the league this season. Valencia are in good form and are only seven points behind Madrid in the league table.
Despite playing a strong side, Jose Mourinho had to watch his Real Madrid team play second fiddle to a skilful and hard working Celta Vigo in the Spanish version of the FA cup, the Copa Del Rey, last night. As the rain fell in Vigo, so did the spirits of the Madrid players and fans. It could have been much worse for them, but a late goal from Ronaldo and the prospect of a second leg at the Bernabeu averted complete disaster.
Sevilla 1-0 Real Madrid – Mourinho’s Comments
Last night Real Madrid lost 1-0 to Sevilla, leaving the Spanish Champions with 4 points after 4 games. After the game manager Jose Mourinho did not make excuses for his team’s loss. Mourinho said after the game;
“From the first to the last minute we were poor. We were bad in the first half and we were bad in the second half too. They really deserved the win and we deserved the loss more. I little more, I mean. Congratulations to them and we got what we deserved for how badly we played.”
Real Madrid enjoyed a very relaxed fifteen minutes of gentle training in the rain. All the staff seemed calm and focused ahead of tonights away leg in the semi-finals of the champion`s league.
Tonight the Allianz arena in Munich sees the start of acrucial, perhaps season defining eight days for Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid. The return leg is next wednesday and in-between is the small matter of a trip to the Nou camp. Next thursday could see Madrid having booked a return trip to Munich for the final and with an almost unbeatable lead in la liga.