Mourinho: My relationship with Florentino is good, you have no story
Real Madrid manager, Jose Mourinho refused to discuss a recent report that he and club president, Florentino Perez have had a falling out, resulting in the Portuguese boss leaving this summer, instead discussing Tuesday evening’s final Champions League group stage match against Dutch Eredivisie side, Ajax.
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In his pre-match press conference, Mourinho avoided the topic of his departure, insisting that he has a good relationship with the president and will not discuss his future, including a possible move to Ligue 1 side, Paris Saint Germain.
“I do my job every day. My future is that tomorrow I’ll have my 101st Champions League match and UEFA will confirm that. Neither I nor I think the president will say a word about it. I have nothing to say about what we talked about. My relationship with him is very good and I will not be giving any substance to this situation. You have no story.
“About PSG I will say that one of my assistants will go to watch the match tomorrow because they are a potential opponent. They’re playing against Porto and both of them could be drawn against us. That’s the only thing that I am bothered about in Paris.”
Sticking to the topic of other club’s Mourinho could possibly linked with, the Portuguese boss responded to comments made by Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.
“That is what friends are like, they always speak nicely about each other. Friendship is like that, always being there for your friends. Some people think that there is room for betrayal in friendship and others have a deep respect. His succession is a long way off and it will be ten years away because he is stronger every year. What would he want to retire for?”
Mourinho then quickly moved on to discuss Tuesday’s match against Ajax, who are the final team standing in their way from possibly winning the group and securing passage into the next round.
“Qualifying from this group is a success because we knew that a big team and title contender would be going out. The other two are through and that should be seen as a success because there was a big risk of being knocked out. We have played demanding matches and that’s good because we play the most important matches of the match days, but that competitiveness means that you accumulate cards and means that players are on the verge of a suspension while other teams can handle these situations better and do, without being punished, what we did three years ago against Ajax. We are already qualified and we can go out to win the match and our players will play without any pressure. Denis, José Rodríguez and Morata might have the chance to come on from the bench and Nacho will make his Champions League debut. We want to win because we are not here to give anything away and we have to play at our best.
“We need to play every match with the same level of concentration and project our personality and ambition because they all mean as much as each other to me. We have to play to the best of our ability and with the aim of winning but sometimes we come across difficulties created by our opponents and how well they play like against Betis. I like emotional continuity. The footballing side is separate because we have good players, with a well defined and constructed style of play, which got us where it got us last season has taken us to two Champions League semi-finals. The emotional side of things is important and the injuries also do not help because we have lost important players following international breaks. We want to finish the year in the best way possible and then take advantage of the Christmas period to train well and hope that Marcelo, Higuaín and Albiol make their return as soon as possible.
“Adán, Nacho, Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Khedira and Coentrão will play. Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso will not play because they have two cards and I cannot risk them because I want them available for the round of 16 first leg. Arbeloa is suspended and cannot play.”
Mourinho concluded by discussing why Real Madrid have given up so many more goals in the Champions League than they have in La Liga and about striker, Cristiano Ronaldo being named the best Ibero-American player.
“The difference is in the quality of the opponents. Manchester City are outrageously powerful and have many dangerous players and Dortmund are one of the best teams in Europe.
“It’s a surprise for [Ronaldo] to be chosen as the best Ibero-American player. I think it’s a big surprise, but a good one. Do you not want to know who’s playing tomorrow? That’s more interesting than knowing if Cristiano is happy or is going to stay.”