Mourinho to stick with Real

2012-04-26 11:07

Jose Mourinho blamed fatigue from their “Clasico” win and sheer bad luck for Real Madrid’s failure to reach the Champions League final.

The nine-times European champions had been convinced they were going to reach the final, buoyed by their 2-1 La Liga win at Barcelona on Saturday, and by their arch-rivals’ shock defeat to Chelsea on Tuesday.

With the league title all but in the bag, seven points clear with four left to play, Mourinho in only his second season at the helm looked like he had it within his grasp to also steal Barca’s European crown.

“There was no luck,” Mourinho said with a resigned smile. “It’s difficult to reach two semis in two years and not make the final. We deserved to win.

“I remember a Champions League semifinal against Liverpool which was exactly the same, where we had to play a game to compete in another championship before, and they didn’t have that pressure, and we lost.

“It was the same here. We played with everyone on the weekend and our opponents didn’t.

“Apart from freshness, the team played great though. These players aren’t supermen, that is just a film. The players went to their very limits,” he added after having knelt on the touchline as if he was praying while he watched his players take penalties.

“Barca played a derby and two days later they were knocked out. It isn’t easy. That’s why you have to really value teams who win doubles or trebles.”

Mourinho seemed to end the speculation that he might leave Madrid at the end of the campaign, when asked about his future, even though he still has two years left on his four-year deal at the Bernabeu.

“John Terry is missing but Chelsea are there. I hope it is a good final. I want the Blues to win but I respect Reds,” Mourinho said, as he praised their battling display with ten men at the Nou Camp.

And he ended with a dig at Pep Guardiola’s side. “Chelsea were heroes on Wednesday,” he added.

“Chelsea deserve to be there in the final and so do Bayern.”

– Sport24

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.