Manager Jose Mourinho Believes Real Madrid Didn’t Deserve to Win CL Clash

Jose MourinhoIn an interview following Real Madrid’s 2-1 victory over Premier League side Manchester United, Jose Mourinho showed absolutely no expression of thrill or excitement in the way the Spanish Giants had played.

The 50-year old manager continually stressed that United were by far the better team at their heated Champions League match-up at Old Trafford (click here for match report), and that Madrid didn’t deserve to advance to the quarter finals.

United were put up 1-0 on the 48th minute when a “deflection” from Sergio Ramos found the back of the net.

But just minutes following the own goal, Nani was sent off with a red card because of a high challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa. Although this decision could be up for debate, it happened, and it was certainly the game changer Madrid so desperately needed.

And Los Blancos used this to their advantage, as they netted 2 goals in the next 10 minutes (Modric 66′, Ronaldo 69′).

After the final whistle, Mourinho told ITV:

“Independent of the red card decision, the best team lost,”

“We didn’t deserve to win,”

“We didn’t play well, but football is like this.”

Nyon will host the Champions League Quarter Final draw on 15 March.

  • Jose Mourinho has a lot of respect for Sir Alex and he showed it during his post-match press conference. In my opinion, Real Madrid were the team that deserved to make it through especially if you consider both legs. Nani’s red card, arguably justified, was fully understandable and I’m quite sure that almost any referee would have had the same decision. As for a penalty call at the end, Rafael used his hand to block a goal from Gonzalo Higuain during tbe game as well. In the end though, deserved or not, Real Madrid have qualified.

    • I don’t necessarily think that United deserved to win. They were sitting back, maybe Real would have come back irregardless of the red card. But we will never know because of the referee’s poor decision.

      Poor refereeing taints the beautiful game. UEFA has to change the way they choose referees. There have been several decisions over the last few years that have altered the outcome of CL games.

      Barcelona has been the main beneficiary of that. Pepe’s red card. Van Persie’s red card for time wasting. Those odd penalty calls against AC Milan and Chelsea.

      This decision just inflated my enthusiasm for this match.

  • Nick Cary

    Saying that isn’t going to change anything. 2-1 full time, Madrid progress and United crash out. Football is a funny old game!