“Kaka and Ozil transformed a situation of risk into a positive scenario for the team”
“We changed after 20 or 25 minutes where we have gone wrong and came to rest ahead. Then we found situations to play better,”
“We took a risk and the team reacted”
“It pained me a lot to make the change as soon for Özil to come for Lass, at twenty minutes, but the team needed the changed”
“Kaka and Ozil have to be prepared both physically and mentally to adapt to play closer to midfield. It isn’t easy for them to do this for 90 minutes. It’s risky. They have to be fit and aware that Xabi Alonso can’t play alone in the middle of the field for 90 minutes”
MOU AND THE PRESS
Real Madrid coach, Portuguese Jose Mourinho, highlighted the resilience of his team, who, after two games without a victory, clearly beat Rayo Vallecano a marking on the first play of the game.
“When you’ve had a week’s worth of negative results what the team needs is to have a good start, to score and to be relaxed. Things get even harder when you are losing 1-0 as soon as the game starts, but character shines through in difficult situations and the team reacted. We had 20 to 25 difficult minutes on the pitch, but we changed, took risks, reacted well and took the lead by half-time.”
“We scored at the start of the second half and conditions were therefore good for us in order to be calmer and play better. Then they scored a goal in a situation I did not like one bit. Set pieces are a basic part of football and we failed, therefore giving Rayo some life. We played well after their goal. We defended and our four-player lines were tighter and looked to counterattack. We deservedly defeated a side that showed why they won in the Second Divison last year and why they are having such a good run this season despite all the difficulties they have encountered. It was an important and unquestionable victory for us.”
“It pained me to change tactics in the first half. It is tough for a coach to replace a player on the 25-minute mark, but the team needed it. Lassana already understood the team is more important and that team objectives are paramount. We needed a second playmaker.”
“Kaka and Ozil played closer to the goal. We did not have a true number ’10’ on the pitch, but there were three excellent playmakers out there. We started pulling off more efforts. It’s a shame I had to replace Kaka when we were down to ten men because he was giving a very good performance.”
“Kaka and Ozil have to be prepared both physically and mentally to adapt to play closer to midfield. It is not easy for them to do this for 90 minutes. It is risky. They have to be fit and aware that Xabi Alonso can’t play alone in midfield for 90 minutes. They both responded very well. They created ball movement and covered Rayo’s exits. They played well. It was a situation of risk but they transformed it into a positive scenario for the team.”
Mourinho stressed the role of attitude and lightning. “The Lightning has a very good team, well organized and a coach without fear,” he said.
Translation by: Michael J. O’Donnell (Realmadrid.com) &
Compiled, edited and Orgainsed by: Seidu Moro (Focus Fm-KNUST, Focus Sports- Sports Analyst)