Jose Mourinho spoke to the press after the spectacular match.
“Real Madrid gave a spectacular performance from the first to the last minute. I just say what I think. We came here to play. What I’m about to say is not a criticism, I’m just stating a fact: there were no ball-boys in the second half, which is something typical of small teams when experiencing difficulties. What happened simply happened, but I’m nevertheless happy with my team.”
“We feel like we played two very good games in their entirety. This team is better than it was last year. The longer you work with people, the better the conditions are to have a better year. We played nine games this preseason and proved to be better than we were last year in the last two. I’m happy with the progress my men have made.”
“The referee must punish what he deems punishable. Pepe and Marcelo played a great game, one for the entire 90 minutes and the other for 45. Pepe saw a booking for a minor tackle and Marcelo gave a great performance. I’m not going to say we’re happy because we didn’t win the Spanish Super Cup; that would be hypocritical of me. We intend to play like men and not fall on the ground at the slightest touch.”
Real Madrid right back, Sergio Ramos recovered from his back injuries and he is going to compete for a performance in the first “El Classico” new season. Ramos was hurt during Real Madrid’s China tour, which is why, on Wednesday he missed a friendly match in Spain where the team lost 2-1.
Doctors had predicted that Ramos isn’t going to recover in 10 days, but 25-year-old football player on Friday did a full training under the baton of Jose Mourinho and will be available for the Portuguese coach on Sunday when you arrive at the Santiago Bernabeu Barcelona in the first leg of the Spanish Supercup.
Barcelona have announced that the duel could miss Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique who were injured in the friendly match against Italy.
Spanish Super Cup match is scheduled on 17 August at Camp Nou stadium.
Spanish football players of the first and second division will enter into a strike during the first two weekends at the beginning of the new season. It was announced from the local football players union (AFE).
“We are behind the whole of Europe on this issue. AFE and players from the first and second division agreed to strike for the first two rounds in the first and second division. Players met with us and agreed that there was a lot of this situation. There will be a priority until they sign a collective agreement.” – said the chairman of AFE, Luis Rubiales.
Otherwise, the start of the La Liga is scheduled for 20. August. In the first round Real Madrid is playing at home against Athletic Bilbao.
According to “Diario de Noticias” Porto striker, Radamel Falcao made a deal with Real Madrid C.F.
Jose Mourinho apparently convinced Falcao to reject the offer from Chelsea (€5,7m per year) and than in 2012 transfers to the Royal Club. Falcao has a contract with Porto until 2015. and his salary is about €2,5m p.y. His buyout clause is €45m.
Barcelona’s forward Pedro believes that Real Madrid is going to be more dangerous than last years, and that Galacticos showed their strenght in the pre-season where they won all of the games (7).
“Real Madrid will be even more dangerous than last year. Their players are really fired up now and I think that it will be a long and tough season for us. We really want to win the Supercopa. It’s an important objective for us. We travel to Madrid with a title at stake and there will be a lot of tension. It will be a great test for the team.”
“Real Madrid play’s some very good football. They have a lot of fast players and it will be difficult to stop them. We have to be very alert of their counter-attacks.”
Turkish midfielder, Nuri Sahin who moved this summer from Borussia Dortmund to Real Madrid, will pause longer than expected due to a knee injury. He was injured in Los Angeles (Real Madrid pre-season), and the doctors predicted that Sahin will pause only 2-3 weeks, but he didn’t return to the training.
Spanish daili newspaper “AS” claims that his recovery is going much slower than expected. Because of the injury he is going to miss the Super Cup against Barcelona and the first match in La Liga.
Real Madrid’s official site confirmed that Sergio Canales is a new player of Valencia. Real Madrid and Valencia have reached an agreement for the transfer of Sergio Canales. Valencia have a purchase option by which Real Madrid would retain their right to repurchase the player.
Argentine midfielder Fernando Gago, will leave Real Madrid this summer. Acoording to his agent Simone Picotti his new destination could be Inter Milan.
“Gago is a top player and I think he could do well at Inter. It would be like home for him seeing that there are many Argentines there. We have to see what happens with Inter, but we are talking about a club at the top of the list. Gago would like to play there.” – said Picotti.
According to the spanish newspaper “Marca” Jose Mourinho already know Real Madrid’s line-up against Barcelona. Place on the goal is reserved for Iker Casillas, the defensive four are reserved for Ramos, Pepe, Carvalho and Marcelo, the two defensive midfielders will be Xabi Alonso and Khedira, in front of them are Ronaldo, Coentrao and Ozil, and the only classical attacker Karim Benzema.
This should be the team with which Mourinho will try to beat Barcelona. Angel Di Maria is on an extended vacation for his performance in Copa America, while Nuri Sahin is injured.
Real Madrid star, Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest paid football player in the world, according to the portugese media. CR7 receives 12€ milions per year, which is a whopping 33 000€ per day. The second highest paid footballer is Lionel Messi, whose salaries are 10.5€ milions per year. Fernando Torres is at the third place with 10€ milions per year, same as Yaya Toure in Manchester City.
Ricardo Kaka is on the 6. place with 9€ milions per year.