Mourinho: Real job only half done

Jose Mourinho has warned Real Madrid to maintain a serious attitude when they take a 3-0 lead to Galatasaray next week.

Last Updated: 04/04/13 at 09:07 Post Comment

Jose Mourinho: Denied claims of tactical yellow cards

Jose Mourinho: Denied claims of tactical yellow cards

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Wednesday's comprehensive win in the Bernabeu has left Real overwhelming favourites to book a third straight semi-final appearance in the Champions League.

But Mourinho says he will not be following the Spanish media's lead and writing off Galatasaray ahead of Tuesday's second leg.

"The result is very good," he said, "but in football I have seen so many incredible things and nothing can surprise me. Istanbul is a difficult place to play.

"They have players with a lot of experience, great character and personality and they will fight very hard against us. We know we have to go there very seriously as that is the only way to get through.

"I think we played seriously in the first leg. The Spanish press are not so respectful to Galatasaray but we are respectful of them."

Real kept a clean sheet at home for the first time in this season's competition, and Mourinho said: "We knew they had a good team, they had fantastic strikers, they had danger in every attacking action and we prepared very well for the match by the defensive point of view - we defended better than we attacked.

"In the attacking third I think we lost the last ball, the last pass we had easy transitions - 3 on 3 and 3 on 4, and we could have scored more goals, but I think by our defensive point of view we had a good analysis of the situation and the team played very well."

Mourinho also rejected suggestions second-half bookings for Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos, which rule both out of the return leg but would mean a clean slate for the semi-final, were earned deliberately.

He said: "I lost Xabi Alonso and I was thinking about playing Pepe in midfield in Istanbul. (Ramos') yellow card leaves me with a problem to resolve."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week


More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

wo police horses in a paddock. Horse 1: What's with the long face? Horse 2: I'm working St James Park this weekend.

hump3.
Pardew - It's mass hysteria

T

wo things. First, I can't stop reading your name as 'Dane Bowers'. Second, you used the words 'philosophy' and 'Redknapp' in the same sentence.

ajsr1982
Can United's Defence Handle Ulloa?

W

riting a minute by minute account on Berbatov would be like chronicling the days of the guy punished for sloth in the movie Se7en. Day 4 - lay in bed, did nothing - 15th minute, stood there did nothing .

lustral
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

Footer 365

Premier League: Arsene Wenger backs under-fire Mesut Ozil

Arsene Wenger insists Mesut Ozil must not be used as a 'scapegoat' for Arsenal's shortcomings.

Premier League: Manchester City's Fernandinho wants win over Chelsea

Fernandinho wants Manchester City to close the gap on Chelsea with victory over the Premier League leaders on Sunday.

Europa League: Everton boss Roberto Martinez delighted with 4-1 win over Wolfsburg

Roberto Martinez was delighted with Everton's display as they brushed aside Wolfsburg to win 4-1 in the Europa League.

Mail Box

No, Wenger IS To Blame For Failure...

The backlash to the backlash to the backlash sees Arsene Wenger getting a good kicking while we also have mails on Chelsea, Newcastle, Everton and lots more...

Why Doesn't Rodgers Play Borini?

One Liverpool supporter thinks this could be Fabio Borini's year, whilst we also have thoughts on the Red Bulls, Welbeck vs Gervinho and Paul Lambert's new deal...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property