News and opinions
09 August 2012
Alberto Navarro(Nueva York)
José Mourinho spoke at the end of which was the best match of Real Madrid’s pre-season. The Whites’ coach was very pleased with the outcome, but above all, how the team are playing and attitude they have: "The group is strong, united and motivated. If we continue like we are then we’ll be in good shape to start the championship." He also mentioned that they will go out to win the Super Cup, but also has preferences: " We try to win every match without ruling out any competition, although the Champions League is on a higher plane" In addition, the Portuguese felt very comfortable in Yankee Stadium: "It is a historical stage with a magical atmosphere."
The Real Madrid coach’s press conference began by him giving his views on how his team will tackle the season: "We are trying to coordinate the training sessions and the matches thinking that matches are a complement to training. If players get too tired that would be bad news. People are in good form and it is unfortunate that the internationals will go away on Saturday and return on Thursday. In Los Angeles with have worked on overall teamwork and we have systems that we have been working on for two years. The group is strong, united and motivated. If we continue like we are then we’ll be in good shape to start the championship."
Another aspect highlighted by the Portuguese is the ambition that his players have and that is reflected in every game: "Its is their drive, not something that I’ve imposed. I agree with them and it is the nature of a great club that always wants to do better and win more. We try to win every match without ruling out any competition, although the Champions League is on a higher plane. Every game is important and even friendlies in the US are important for meeting our fans, for our preparation and to promote soccer"
When asked about the Spanish Super Cup, Mourinho explained that it is a title he would like to win, but there are others that are more important: "Last season we lost the Super Cup and won the record breaking league. I do not think that it influences the season. We will try to win it, like Barcelona, but we all know that we play four competitions and this is the least important. More important is the match against Valencia and it is unfortunate that on Saturday the players leave with their national teams and cannot be with us in a critical week. Spain play in Costa Rica, Germany against Argentina ... the clubs are the most important."
Mourinho praised his players saying that "today many of them had a great game" and referred to Cristiano Ronaldo, of whom he said that "he is part of the show and is training well." About Kaká he said: "I am happy with how he played. The most important thing is that he is happy and most important thing in football is that the player plays. He is a great player at a high level. If he stays, it would be perfect for me and if not we notice the difference"
The Whites’ coach also spoke about the setting of the game and called it "exciting and amazing. It is a historical stadium with a magical atmosphere. The crowd were wonderful and enthusiastic. They have had fun and have supported Real Madrid". He also explained that the Spanish league is in his opinion the best and that gives more value to the titles: "Barcelona did not win the championship, we do not know what they are going to do. We won more points than them in the strongest league. The final of the Europa League was played between two Spanish teams and that says that it’s tough, technical, and very strong league. That is the best league."
Finally, Mourinho gave his opinion on the European scene of signings and the movements of PSG and Manchester City: "They are two great projects with great players. When you have money you can spend. They are two economic powers. Real Madrid is very powerful economically and in the money that is made by the club, so we will not have problems if financial fairplay finally come into play. We do not buy or buy just one player. The PSG is building a great team."
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