Mourinho optimistic, but admits comeback after 4-1 defeat to Dortmund “very difficult”
Jose Mourinho is confident about Real Madrid’s capability to make a three-goal comeback at the Santiago Bernabeu in the second-leg of the Champions League semifinal against Borussia Dortmund. Nonetheless, the Portuguese boss admits his side faces an uphill battle to reach the Champions League final.
Real Madrid suffered a shocking 4-1 defeat at the hands of Borussia Dortmund in the first-leg of the Champions League semifinal against Borussia Dortmund at the Signal-Iduna-Park on Wednesday.
Robert Lewandowski obliterated Real Madrid’s defense by scoring four goals for Borussia Dortmund. The Poland international left fear in the hearts of Real Madrid defenders as they prepare for the second-leg next week.
Jose Mourinho admits Borussia Dortmund deserved to win at their home since they have improved across the board, but Real Madrid will talk on their terms once the German outfit arrives at Santiago Bernabeu.
“I think they were the best team by far and won every individual battle on the pitch and were stronger than us, more aggressive physically and tougher mentally so they deserved it,” Jose Mourinho told Sky Sports 1.
“How it went from 1-1 to 4-1, I really don't know because everything happened in a very short space of time in the far goal from the position where I was. But we lost easy possession and we couldn't cope with their counter-attacking and their transition.
“We prepared for the game so well, in every detail, as we always do, especially in a semi-final. We prepared for everything, we were ready for everything. We are very confident about the work we did. I think many of the boys didn't perform and many of the boys didn't have a good night and this is exactly when you cannot make mistakes because at club level this is the second most important match in the world of football.
“The first one is the Champions league final, the second one is the Champions League semi-final so when you don't perform on a very special day it is very disappointing.”
The former Chelsea manager believes Real Madrid will have to sweat hard to make a comeback against Borussia Dortmund. Jose Mourinho remained optimistic about his team reaching the Champions League final, although he did admit that the task at hand was “very difficult.
“It is of course very difficult but in football it can happen,” Jose Mourinho said. “Of course we can, on a crazy night, where everyone performs at a high level and every chance you have and every goal you score is with a high level of efficiency. Of course you can.”
Jose Mourinho was quite frustrated to see his side’s failure to mark Roberto Lewandowski, even though he had spent time scouting and assessing the striker before the match.
“When we know everything, absolutely everything about Lewandowski - we studied every detail possible and we lose him in three balls - and we know exactly what he does, and it is of course very disappointing,” Jose Mourinho added.
“When I lose and I don't deserve to lose, for me it is a problem. When I lose and I deserve to lose it's a situation that I accept. The first goal we lost the ball in easy possession and after that we lost the player. His movement in the box, we know everything about him, so of course he deserves credit for what he did but we gave him a big support for him to be the man of the match.”