22 December 2012
José Mourinho appeared in the press room at La Rosaleda after the last match of the year. The Portuguese was hurt because of the defeat, but proud of how his team had played: “We are leaving sad because we lost, but we know we played as well as we could. The players are empty, they’ve given they’re all and haven’t had any reward. When I spoke to them in the changing room I told them that they should go home calm. It hurts me more when we don’t give our all and we lose. The players have given their all and the team has played. There are too many situations going against us”.
With regard to the omission of Casillas and Adán playing in the starting XI, he commented: “It’s a technical decision, by the coach, who analyses the situation and the players he has for selection and chooses the team. A technical decision that you can use to invent the stories you want, but it is only a technical decision. It’s my opinion but it is the opinion that matters. It’s the coach that makes the decision and as I only have the valid opinions of my assistants, that’s how we decided it. And I don’t think it’s a story given the way the game was played”.
Regarding the points difference with the first-placed team, he stated: “Real Madrid last season were the champions and led the second-placed team by nine points. This season we are behind, and in my opinion we won’t overcome that difference. We have to take responsibility for the fact that we are not playing well in the championship, but that from match to match things have happened that I do not like to talk about, especially after losing. Last season we were on top and in this regard we are not doing well at the moment. I do not want to shirk my responsibilities, nor the points difference that separates us from the leader, but that’s the way it is. That is the reality of the matter”.
When asked about whether he feared for his position as manager, he was unequivocal: “At no stage. Also, I’m not a child. Managers know that people have short memories in football and that what matters is what we’ve done today and not what we did yesterday. The titles that you’ve won don’t count, nor the work you’ve done, it’s the current moment. If I feel that if the players don’t want to, I’m too honest to carry on in a lost battle, but the players want to and they have showed that they want to. They played to win against Espanyol and today as well, but they didn’t have any luck. We aren’t having any luck. They are in front of your goal three times and they score three times. You have chances but you don’t score. You are up the pitch attacking and they go on the counter attack and they score. Things that go against us from match to match. I think that this week came at the ideal time, at the exact time. If we think about the points difference we aren’t going to be motivated, but if we think of the personal pride of always wanting to do things properly and if we think about what Real Madrid means, that is where we find the motivation we need for each match regardless of our position. We must continue to play with dignity”.
Finally, when asked about the words he spoke last season when he said he would never coach Malaga, he said: “I would never coach Malaga, like I would never coach lots of clubs. I am a person with the freedom to choose where I want to work. It has absolutely nothing against Malaga, whatsoever, nor the city. They are opinions. Ask me about other clubs and I would say that I wouldn’t train them either. This is a completely natural situation”.
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