Jose Mourinho hails Man Utd as ‘favorites’ but believes in comeback
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho claims his side is under no pressure, although Manchester United are favorites following a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night.
The Santiago Bernabeu boss defended his players in spite of their abysmal form against Manchester United. With the next match to occur at the famous Old Trafford on March 5, Jose Mourinho believes Manchester United will have the edge over Real Madrid.
Danny Welbeck drew first blood for Manchester United in the 20th minute on a corner kick from Wayne Rooney 10 minutes before Cristiano Ronaldo equalized with a header following a cross from Angel di Maria.
The 1-1 draw gave Manchester United a slight edge over Real Madrid since they have scored an away goal. This means Real Madrid will have to score at Old Trafford, otherwise a goalless draw would see them walk out of the competition.
“I don't feel any pressure,” Jose Mourinho said. “I work hard, am very serious and am happy with what I do.
“I have peace of mind and my head is high, but there is no pressure really. I have no idea if his future depends on the second leg and I am not worried about it.”
Jose Mourinho confessed Manchester United could have easily won the game, yet the Portuguese manager didn’t write out the chances of Real Madrid making a comeback on their away trip next month.
“It was possible for them to win 3-1 because they had two big chances when Alonso cleared off the line and Diego made a save,” Jose Mourinho said. “I won't criticize what they did. United did their job well and got the result they wanted.
“They came here not to concede space and goals and they didn't play to win. But they know Real Madrid can do it there.”
Real Madrid are expected to fully concentrate on winning the away leg since defending their La Liga title is now considered to be an impossible mission. Barcelona currently possess a 16-point lead over Real Madrid and with only 15 matches remaining in the season the Catalan giants might have already planned for celebrations.