Jose Mourinho clarifies comments made after knocking out Man Utd
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has declared that the comments he made after his side’s Champions League victory over Manchester United have been misinterpreted by media and football fans.
Jose Mourinho and Co. came back from dead under controversial circumstances in the second leg of the Round of 16 battle against Manchester United at the Old Trafford. An own goal from Real Madrid gave Manchester United a 1-0 lead. However, a controversial red card to Nani allowed the Spanish outfit to break into Sir Alex Ferguson’s defense and score two goals.
Media surrounded Jose Mourinho for his take on the game to which the Portuguese gaffer said “the best team lost”. Media in Spain believes Jose Mourinho’s antics were just a way of criticizing his players in order to prepare them for the challenges ahead of them. However, the English media have gone astray by suggesting Jose Mourinho will replace Sir Alex Ferguson real soon.
Seeing the confusion between media and football fans, Jose Mourinho finally confronted the camera to set the record straight. The former Chelsea manager claims his comments were made to mentally prepare his players to win the Champions League.
“Many people did not expect [Madrid to win] and they ended up frustrated, but we achieved our goals well,” Jose Mourinho said. “In Manchester, it was hard - and as always, or almost always, there are people who think they know more about my work than I do.
“There are people who think they can analyze me, get into my head and understand all I do, but they do not know my intention with my comments after the game.”
Jose Mourinho further said that he wanted his players to remember that they will have to sweat hard in order to acquire the Champions League trophy.
“What interested me in that moment was that my team felt they had a lot in front of them, that we had achieved nothing yet,” Jose Mourinho continued.
“My players told me at the end of the game that it was not easy, and I know that. Everyone knows about 'Fergie Time', the last five or ten minutes of a Manchester United game at Old Trafford, where throughout Ferguson's time his players have achieved historic comebacks based on emotion and empathy with the fans.
“So it was not easy. It was a great victory, but Real Madrid can never be happy to reach the quarter finals. We must always think of going for more.”