News and opinions
07 October 2012
José Mourinho summarised the match day seven match against Barcelona: "I think that the world will be happy because often these matches are too tactical and finish goalless. This match had everything that people like. Those fans that are in different time zones across Europe will have been awake and enjoyed this Clasico a lot and perhaps are already asking for another one in the Cup or the Champions League, if we get through. I think it was a great match and I said so to Vilanova. The league is as it was before with the same points difference that there was before the match. I really enjoyed my team’s display".
Real coach highlighted the quality that was shown during the match: "For me, the result reflects the match. I, as a coach, I enjoyed it, and I’m sure Vilanova and the players did too. I'll take this outcome. It is a true reflection of the match overall. It was tightly fought and nobody knew what the outcome was going to be until the last minute. There were opportunities to score for both teams".
Mourinho also responded to questions about the possible Özil penalty: "Real Madrid is a club of gentlemen you can’t speak about the referees. If there is a philosophy to follow then I have to adapt to it and in truth I like it. I'm happy because I like the club, the players, the city and the project. I arrived two years ago and there was a difference in the quality of football between Madrid and Barcelona and now, Barcelona have maintained the high level and both teams are equal. I want to keep going. There are things that can be improved on at Real Madrid, with José Mourinho and in the league. Real Madrid also think the same. I'll take a great match and a good referee, who at one moment in the match made a key mistake, like the players and I also do sometimes".
About Özil’s performance he said "He came off of the field because he was exhausted. To play against Barcelona you have to do a good job in midfield because if not it makes it impossible and the three in midfield had fantastic matches." Finally he spoke about Cristiano Ronaldo’s and Messi’s chances in the fight for the Balon d’Or: "I do not want to worry too much about that. I think it should be forbidden to say who the best player in the world because these two are from another planet. I would like my player to win because he is champion of the best league in the world, but I think they're both fantastic players".