Jose Mourinho cannot believe he has reached 100 wins at Real Madrid and concedes that his side were not great last night against Real Zaragoza.
Los Blancos ran out 4-0 winners on Saturday evening and post-match the Coach’s attention was brought to the fact that he is now only the fifth man at the club to lead them to 100 wins in all competitions and that he did so in a record 133 games.
“I cannot believe I have reached 100 victories. This is what you say, you have done the maths wrong, you must be kidding. I’m not sure, it must be more like 50 wins,” he joked to reporters.
Attention was less jovial when it came to assessing how the team achieved win No 100, and Mourinho agreed with opposition Coach Manolo Jimenez in seeing the scoreline as unfair.
“There have been moments when I applauded Zaragoza. We were not compact. Defensively yes, but not in attack. We’ve not had many difficult moments, few, but we managed to be compact [in defence].
“But we missed a lot in attack. We were very far from each other. A 3-1 would have been justfified for what Zaragoza have done. We won and we produced enough to win.
“The match was controlled and did not take much effort. We have been a bit apathetic. We missed a lot of passes in transition.
“There are times when it is difficult to be on top. And this time it is because we play an important game on Tuesday against Borussia. The overall performance is not just physical. It is all together. The team is well. Maybe not at its best, but it is okay.”
The Coach was happy with a particular aspect, the midfield pairing of Luka Modric and Michael Essien that stood in for Xabi Alonso and Sami Khedira.
“What I liked was that I liked us without Alonso and Khedira, who have been important in a key position for more than two years.
“Earlier when we needed one we were in trouble and if two were missing then we would be desperate…the two that have replaced them have done a job that is not easy.
“Both have seen the work that they have done allow them to score a goal each. Modric works well and is being integrated. Playing here is very different to doing it in the Premier League. I am delighted.”