27 March 2011
Realmadrid.com / Translation by Michael J. O'Donnell
Jose Mourinho was a guest on Veo 7's programme En Confianza. He analysed the forthcoming games against Barcelona and discused the form Real Madrid are in for the final stretch of the season.
"It's important to work in a competitive manner. You have to make your players see that every match is essential, no matter whom you face and what competition you play in. Our duty is to fight hard to earn the best results."
"The players are my family. What would my job be if I failed to protect them? I teach my people to form a group and to play collectively, and I let them see they have a leader that's there for them in every way. I want them to feel he's there to protect them and that he's one of them."
"It doesn't matter if we face Barcelona first in La Liga or in the Copa del Rey final. Winning or losing the first match will not influence the second. Players are especially motivated for derbies and Clasicos even when there is nothing at stake."
"We are doing a very good job and it is very difficult to be fighting to win three titles in April. It would be unfair for us to lose all three championships because we've done well so far, but small details decide everything in the last couple of months."
"I have faith in referees. I don't question their honesty. They sometimes make mistakes, but don't think there are conspiracies against Real Madrid or other teams. I may criticise referees on occasion, but I'm also one of the few coaches who publicly commend them for their work after a game."
"I want to be at Real Madrid as many years as possible because it would mean I'm doing a good job and that peoople are happy with me. I would also like to return to England someday and end my career on the Portuguese national team."