Mourinho: No time for nerves

Post-match reaction to Galatasaray's 3-2 victory over Real Madrid.

Last Updated: 09/04/13 at 23:22 Post Comment

Jose Mourinho: Real Madrid boss full of praise for Galatasaray

Jose Mourinho: Real Madrid boss full of praise for Galatasaray

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho admitted it felt like his side were playing against 50,000 men after they withheld a gallant Galatasaray fightback to reach the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League.

Real looked to be coasting into the last four when Cristiano Ronaldo scored early on in Istanbul to give them a 4-0 lead in the tie, but Galatasaray roared back with three second-half goals in a 15-minute spell to test Real's nerves.

However, Ronaldo ended the brave Turkish team's chances of an unlikely comeback with his second goal of the night in injury time and, despite being given a scare by Galatasaray, Mourinho insists he had no time to feel any nerves.

"I wasn't getting nervous because I have no time for it," said Mourinho. "I am on the bench so I have no time to think or to feel it.

"Today is the kind of match where you have everything to lose and nothing to win. People think we are already in the semi-final and players had that feeling from the outside. I felt the team was ready to work hard and had the motivation to reach Wembley in the final."

Mourinho, who equalled Sir Alex Ferguson's record in reaching his seventh Champions League semi-final, was full of praise for the Galatasaray players and fans for making it so hard for his side.

"They are strong, strong mentally. They don't play against 11, they play 50,000 against 11 and it was hard for us," added Mourinho.

"We are there, in the semi-finals and that is what that matters.

"Now we have a semi to play, against a great team. We do not know which one yet, but they will be great. It will be hard but now is the time to enjoy ourselves and not to be nervous or afraid.


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

o Brendan is full of sh!t, who'd have thought it eh?

fatbob30
Carroll accuses Rodgers

P

resumably, you wanted to keep the version of Downing that was never seen at Anfield. The one that another manager has managed to re-create. The one you passed over.

badwolf
Rodgers: I wanted to keep Downing

T

he uber commercialisation of the 90s has led to the point where this overly familar, try hard, jolly hockey sticks type fronts up a major football match on a weekly basis. Unlike the great presenters of yesteryear, I doubt he would even recognise the scent of Brut.

mufc phil
Football On TV: Jake Humphrey

Footer 365

Nemanja Matic says Chelsea happy to maintain their five-point Premier League lead

Midfielder Nemanja Matic was happy to take a point after Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Manchester City.

Roberto Martinez delighted with 'immense' Everton's 1-0 win at Crystal Palace

Roberto Martinez believes his side can now reach their true potential after ending their winless run at Crystal Palace.

Premier League: Chelsea maintain five-point lead after 1-1 draw with Manchester City

Chelsea remain five points clear at the top of the Premier League after a 1-1 draw with second-placed Manchester City.

Mail Box

'Costa Is A Bad Man. Suarez Is Not'

That's quite some claim. And yes, unfortunately we are still talking about this. We also have mails on Ronaldinho, possible replacements for Yaya Toure and more...

Red Mist Better Than Calculated Costa?

Hmmm. We're not sure about this argument - one Mailbox says Luis Suarez is easier to forgive because he is a little loco. We also have mails on Studge and more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company