Jose Mourinho is ready to bet on Real Madrid scoring at least two goals at Old Trafford. The Bernabeu boss believes his side will score more than one goal in the second leg of Champions League encounter with Manchester United in a battle that is expected to go down till the last minute.
Real Madrid drew 1-1 against Manchester United at the Santiago Bernabeu earlier this month. Sir Alex Ferguson and Co. performed brilliantly in the first leg of the Round of 16 battle to grab an away advantage over Real Madrid.
With two weeks left in the mouthwatering showdown at Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho insists the contest is still wide open. The former Chelsea manager acknowledges Manchester United as the favorites, but is of the belief his side can stun their English adversaries with victory.
“The match was very open, but I haven’t changed my mind, it’s 50-50 and I think it will go down to the last minute of the second leg,” Jose Mourinho said.
“It’s two matches, home and away. They did well but my players were together and they gave everything. They have no advantage, 1-1 is not a bad result because everything is still open and we can score more than one goal there.”
Real Madrid will have to recover from a tough series of matches, which includes two encounters with Barcelona, before travelling to England for their battle with Manchester United.
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea will be in the spotlight once again. The young Spaniard made a plethora of excellent saves in the first leg. David de Gea was forced to save 28 attempts on goal, with Manchester United coming up with only 13 attempts.
Jose Mourinho acknowledged Sir Alex Ferguson’s change of tactics was a clever strategy. The Manchester United boss abandoned the traditional attacking gameplay for an ultra-defensive performance.
“They changed the way they played,” Jose Mourinho said. “They didn’t put a foot outside their own half. They were waiting for a set piece or a chance on the counter attack. They had two big chances in the second half, but they were out of context because we were chasing forwards.”