31 May 2010
Jose Mourinho sat down with Cadena Ser's "El Larguero" on Monday evening to discuss his new team and intentions.
"The press conference was quite relaxed. There were a lot of people, but that should be expected at a club of the magnitude of Real Madrid. I have worked for big clubs, but Real Madrid is in a world of its own socially speaking and in terms of the attention it receives."
"My will to win and be the best at all times encouraged me to come here. The pressure I feel today is the same as what I have always felt. It is what I expect as long as I coach football. Once you accept that you are no longer the best you should be ready to leave the game. That is why I believe one should always pressure oneself to be the best, to be a winner until the very end."
"I like my teams to be like a family. Each player should have his own at home and we will share the one brought together by football. We must all be honest. Whoever works the hardest will play. Whoever doesn't won't. It can be either very hard or very easy to work with me. If a player is willing to work hard and well and understands that the club is much more important than himself, it will be easy. On the contrary however, if he is selfish, self-centered and isn't passionate about his job, it will be hard."
"This is a good squad. It has a lot of young, talented players. They must now adjust to the ideas that I bring to the table. It is only normal that a club like Real Madrid, who always strives for excellence, has talented players."
"Real Madrid City is a perfect place to work. While there I was able to speak to Raul, who was working out. It was a pleasure to meet him because I admire what he has done for Real Madrid. I can only say that I hope he is happy. That is all I wish for someone who has been such a true professional and who is always happy while on the pitch."
"Real Madrid takes great care of its academy and places a lot of importance on the personal growth of the players rather than on the sporting aspect. In order to reach the first team, players must follow a natural progression that is achieved by hard work and passion for football."