27 July 2012
José Mourinho appeared in the press room at the stadium Da Luz after the second pre-season match. Real Madrid’s coach said it was "a special pleasure to play this game, for the guys from Castilla some great experience and for the first team tremendous physical test ". He also shrugged off the significance of the defeat, because he knows where they are in their preparations and that they have a long way to go "I hope to win trophies and hopefully win the Champions League, but no title is won in the summer." He also spoke about Kaká: "As long as he is a Real Madrid player will try to get the best out of him." He went on to praise the youth academy players: "The boys are very good mentally and are always available."
The Whites’ coach explained how he saw the match in which Real Madrid came less organised than their rivals: "It was difficult because they were experienced players and their forwards exploited to our defence. Benfica were focused. It is normal. Benfica are good in term of fitness and have shown that today. I hope to win trophies and hopefully win the Champions League, but no title is won in summer. It was a pleasure to participate in this tribute."
José Mourinho, who reiterated his joy at taking part in this tribute match to Eusebio, continued with his analysis of the match: "There are no miracles. What do you expect? We have had very little training and we played today against a team that was playing his sixth game of the pre-season. We came here because there is a contract saying that we have to play and if we didn’t play there would have been a penalty. For me it was a special pleasure to play this game, for the guys from Castilla some great experience and for the first team tremendous and important physical test. Tomorrow there will be twelve hour flight to Los Angeles and I imagine they will be sleeping all twelve because of tiredness. I have many year years in football and have won 19 titles but have never won any in the pre-season. "
When asked about the Kaká’s status, the Portuguese said: "I saw that Kaká was tired, like everyone else. They have had few training sessions and have many minutes or matches in their legs. He’s done some good physical training, which is what this game was for us. But it is not an easy situation for him from the psychological point of view. He knows I respect him and that if he stays we will try to get the best out of him. He is a reliable and honest. Until 31st August everything is possible and tomorrow he will travel and as long as he is a Real Madrid player we will try to get the best out of him." He also made reference to Coentrão, when he said: "He is a fantastic professional and is a Benifica fan at heart."
Finally, the Real Madrid coach had words of praise for the youth academy players who have been with the first team during the early part of pre-season training: "The boys are very good mentally and are always available. They love to be working with us and use this experience to apply it to their team. It's a very good experience and at the same time it is important to demonstrate that they are prepared to play in the first team and that they see, as has happened with Morata, there is a way to get there. I am grateful for their enthusiasm and from tomorrow they go back to their normal life except for Nacho, Álex and Jesé. Hope they have a great season and enjoy it they are with the first team".