The biggest news to emerge in the aftermath of the second leg of the Copa del Rey was that Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho had refused to congratulate Pep Guardiola on Barca’s progress to the semi-finals of the competition. In the post-match conference, Mourinho explains the reason behind his decision to not to do so and reflects on the game in which his team put in a better performance compared to the first leg.
“Maybe Pep Guardiola congratulated us after winning last year’s final because it was a clean match without any havoc. If you like I’ll congratulate him for winning last week’s match. I have no problem doing so. They deserved to win that game.”
“You sometimes score a goal without trying much for one and we happened to fail to score from four or five of our chances. We looked for more depth in attack through Karim and Callejon, with Cristiano Ronaldo playing inside.”
“It was easy to talk to my men during half-time. I had few things to change. Half-times are short when your team isn’t playing well; those ten minutes don’t seem enough. I only needed one minute today because my team played very well in the first half. I told them to keep it up.”
“I’ve played here with Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid. Playing here isn’t new to me; I’ve done it before. We were excited and motivated to try to win. We knew it would be hard because we were behind on the aggregate score. I’ve heard someone in the dressing room saying it is impossible to win here.”
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