Mourinho happy with Real professionalism

MADRID – Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho was delighted with his side’s professionalism as they all but secured their place in the Champions League semifinals with a 3-0 win over Galatasaray on Wednesday.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the first against Galatasaray at the Santiago Bernabeu. Net photo.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the first against Galatasaray at the Santiago Bernabeu. Net photo.

Wednesday
Malaga        0-0    Dortmund
Real Madrid    3-0    Galatasaray
Tuesday
PSG          2-2    Barcelona
Bayern         2-0    Juventus

MADRID – Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho was delighted with his side’s professionalism as they all but secured their place in the Champions League semifinals with a 3-0 win over Galatasaray on Wednesday.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain got the goals for the hosts, but Mourinho was just as happy with the defensive side of their performance in the first leg of their quarterfinal. “The team played a serious and well-balanced game,” he said.

“We defended well and counter-attacked with danger. The players knew at this stage of the competition small details can define the games but we played very well.

Indeed, with such a comfortable lead to take to Istanbul next week, the Portuguese admitted his biggest task will be to ensure his troops are not complacent. “They need a miracle but there are miracles in football. So why can’t they dream of a miracle?

“I have enough experience to know we have a very good result and will try everything to convince my players that it is not over and try to play with the same mentality as tonight.”

Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso both picked up yellow cards in the second half that will see them miss the second leg, but Mourinho denied they had been pre-planned to ensure they would be free to play in the semifinals and claimed their presence will be missed.

Galatasaray boss Fatih Terim meanwhile accepted there was a gulf in class between the sides, but claimed the Turkish champions had been very harshly treated when Norwegian referee Svein Oddvar Moen showed Burak Yilmaz a yellow card for diving rather than awarding a penalty when he was clipped by Ramos in the second half.

“Maybe the Real Madrid name affected Galatasaray and the referee didn’t have the courage to show a card when he had to,” he said.

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