In 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.