Jose Mourinho claims “the best team lost” after Real Madrid’s controversial win
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho was crystal clear about winning undeservedly at the cost of Manchester United. The Premier League leaders were robbed the chance to qualify for the Champions League quarterfinals following an unjust red card from match referee Cuneyt Cakir to Nani.
Jose Mourinho claims Manchester United were the superior side at Old Trafford on Tuesday night, in a match that saw all kinds of drama in its second-half. An own-goal from Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos gave the hosts a 1-0 lead in the game, but that advantage was taken back eight minutes later when Cuneyt Cakir gave Nani the marching orders.
The Bernabeu boss added more fire to his strike-force in a last ditch effort to overturn the game. Luke Modric was brought onto the field in the 59th minute of the game and only seven minutes later the Croatian midfielder scored Real Madrid’s first goal. Former Manchester United poster-boy Cristiano Ronaldo came up with the second goal, which killed the English club’s chances of playing in the quarterfinals.
Jose Mourinho believes his Real Madrid were lucky to have escaped with a victory. The Portuguese manager claims Manchester United were threatening to win the game even after going one-man down.
“Independent of the red card decision, the best team lost,” Jose Mourinho told ITV as he walked into the locker room after the final whistle was blown.
Nani received the red from Cuneyt Cakir for a high-stud challenge on Real Madrid fullback Alvaro Arbeloa. Both players were chasing an aerial ball, oblivious from each other’s positions. Alvaro Arbeloa came from behind Nani to collect the ball; instead he managed to collide his torso into the flying studs of Nani, who was attempting to control the ball.
The crowd at Old Trafford and viewers all over the world, irrespective of their allegiances, were shocked at the referee’s decision to give Nani a red card. The dismissal allowed Real Madrid to score to quick goals, which were enough to send through.
“We are happy to have qualified but I expected more,” Jose Mourinho said. “When your keeper is your best player it shows you are not controlling the game as you should. We didn't play well, but football is like this.”