Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson ready for Real Madrid v Man United
Anyone remotely interested in football will be tuning into Wednesday night’s match at the Bernabeu, with Manchester United looking to come away with an away goal or two before entertaining Real Madrid at Old Trafford.
February 11th, 2013
Both managers are looking forward to what should be two special occasions, with Jose Mourinho predictably throwing the massed media ranks a soundbite ahead of the first leg.
“It is the match the world is waiting for,” Mourinho told MUTV.
“People think we are under pressure because a big team will be out.
“But it is the kind of match we want and the people are not waiting for any other game.
“I hope we give them what they want.”
Mourinho was at Old Trafford to see United beat Everton on Sunday, with the former Chelsea boss proud of his relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson.
“I feel privileged about that because he is such an important person in the world of football and, more importantly, he is good person,” said Mourinho.
“I have always had a fantastic relationship with him and I am proud of it.
“We have had so many matches between us which started with Porto. We had some with Chelsea, Inter and now Real. Some I had won, some I have lost, others I have drawn.
“Of course, I want to win and he wants to win, but I believe the loser will have a little bit of space to feel a little bit happy because of the friendship.
“But make no mistake, I want to win.”
Meanwhile, Ferguson acknowledges that the Champions League is the priority for Real after missing out for so many seasons, although accepts there is big pressure on both teams to win.
Ferguson said: “I think their target is the European Cup. They got a bad start in the league and were chasing their tail a bit because Barcelona’s form has been incredible.
“I think Jose has set his targets firmly on the European Cup, no doubt about that. It can be harder for us but there’s a bit of pressure for them too.
“At this moment in time we’re involved in three things. Jose has still got the semi-final of the Copa del Rey, they play Barca next week and then again in a league game before we play them on the Tuesday at Old Trafford. So they’ve got a big programme themselves.
“You look at English football and say it’s a very, very difficult programme and every game is hard but you look at Madrid’s programme at the moment and it’s also very difficult. Every game is hard.
“It’s always been important to them, the European Cup, and I don’t think it (pressure) necessarily applies to Jose as I think he’s done a great job there.
“He’s really built up a terrific squad of players and could play two teams, like us. I don’t think it applies to him but you never know in football.
“I don’t think there’s any secrecy in his own desire to win the European Cup as, don’t forget, he’d be the only person to win it with three different teams so it’s a fantastic challenge for Jose.”