Real Madrid’s coach, Jose Mourinho, warned his players not to taken things lightly ahead of their weekend clash against Rayo Vallecano, as the Portuguese tactician considered them as a tough opponent to face.
Having another potentially difficult pitch to play on doesn’t really bother Mourinho as just like against CSKA in the Champions League last midweek, the ex-Inter Milan coach doesn’t want any complacent from his squad and simply play their usual game.
“I expect a tough opponent [Rayo Vallecano] and a tough game. They have a philosophy of attacking play but a little different at home. They are a team who are not afraid if anyone and I really like how they played last season, coping with many difficulties. I’m happy for [Jose Ramon] Sandoval who is doing a brilliant job,” Mourinho stated. “It may be difficult to predict how the match will go. However, there can be no excuses, We must not lose our philosophy of play. The field is small but within regulatory measures. What I care about is my team, not the opponents or the pitch.”
Mourinho obviously wanted his team to continue on their winning form in the league as despite already having 10 points lead over Barcelona, nothing is guaranteed yet since there are still quite a lot of matches left to play. The tactician didn’t even want to make any comment regarding the potential departure of Barca’s coach, Josep Guardiola, who is being strongly linked with the Portuguese former club, Inter Milan.
Mourinho didn’t feel the urged to say anything regarding Guardiola’s choices in the future although the Madrid tactician did wish the Spaniard all the best should the former midfielder does opted to leave the Catalan. The Portuguese doesn’t look to hold any grudge over his current rival, who has had the better of him in terms of match record up till this moment, as the Galactios didn’t really have a good record against the Catalan side.
“I am not interested in whether Guardiola renews or not – I just hope he is happy with his choice,” Mourinho added.