April 16, 2011

Jose Mourinho interview after El Clasico

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho could not hide his frustration at what he felt was poor officiating in the aftermath of the 1-1 draw with Barcelona in El Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The home side were reduced to ten men when Raul Albiol was sent off for a professional foul on David Villa, which resulted in a penalty converted by Lionel Messi.

"In the first-half, the two teams were equal. We played compact and kept our shape throughout. A win is a win and a draw is a draw but we will take the positives from this game," he said in his post-match press conference.

"What we want is to have equal decisions for both teams. The rules are the same and I am tired of playing matches with ten men. Raul Albiol will miss the cup final for a foul that was nothing."

The Portuguese coach felt that Daniel Alves should have been sent off for Barcelona after the Brazilian brought down Marcelo. And Mourinho professed that he would relish the opportunity to come up against a ten man Barca side.

"As usual, when it is ten against eleven, it is very difficult to play against a team like Barcelona. The referee's approach changed with the decision not to send off Daniel Alves. For once I would like to play against a ten man Barcelona."

Thoughts turned to Wednesday's Copa del Rey final with Mourinho urging the Real Madrid fans to get behind the team in the Mestalla, as well as sounding out a message to the officials:

"The support of the fans will be vital in the final. We expect the fans to respect the occasion and the greatness of both teams."

"It will be a game with more tension. We will try to win but it is different to a league or a Champions League game. Hopefully we will win and will be able to play on equal terms. Today, that was not the case."

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