Real Madrid vs. Man Utd, the “match the world is waiting for” – Jose Mourinho
The mega-match between Real Madrid and Manchester United is turning heads all over the world. The Santiago Bernabeu boss Jose Mourinho has labeled the midweek showdown between the English and Spanish football giants as the “match the world is waiting for”.
There is a lot of truth to his words since every football fan on the planet is eagerly waiting for Cristiano Ronaldo to play against his former club Manchester United.
The Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho tunes his squad for the first-leg of the Round of 16 event. Over the weekend, Real Madrid recorded an impressive 4-1 victory over Sevilla. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brilliant hat-trick in the game as well.
Real Madrid’s good form should provide the team with a healthy morale boost before the Spanish side welcomes Manchester United at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Meanwhile, Manchester United strengthened their hold on top of the Premier League table with a 2-0 victory over Everton. This victory has allowed Manchester United to acquire a 12-point lead over second-placed archrivals and also the defending champions Manchester City.
In an interview to MUTV, Jose Mourinho hoped Cristiano Ronaldo will be on his best against his former club.
“It is the match the world is waiting for,” Jose Mourinho said. People think we are under pressure because a big team will be out. But it is the kind of match we want and the people are not waiting for any other game. I hope we give them what they want.”
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 36 goals in 35 appearances for Real Madrid this season. The Portugal international, who celebrated his 28th birthday this week, admitted he is excited to play against Manchester United.
“I feel privileged about that because he is such an important person in the world of football and, more importantly, he is good person,” Jose Mourinho continued. “I have always had a fantastic relationship with him and I am proud of it.
“We have had so many matches between us which started with Porto. We had some with Chelsea, Inter and now Real. Some I had won, some I have lost, others I have drawn.
“Of course, I want to win and he wants to win, but I believe the loser will have a little bit of space to feel a little bit happy because of the friendship. But make no mistake, I want to win.”