Jose Mourinho not giving up on Champions League final spot
Barcelona and Real Madrid both returned from Germany this week having received a whipping at the hands of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund respectively.
April 25th, 2013
However, the difference is that Real were able to score an away goal through Cristiano Ronaldo’s equaliser and that gives the Spanish champions hope that they can still make it to next month’s Champions League final at Wembley.
Jose Mourinho saw Robert Lewandowski produce a masterclass in finishing to almost put the tie out of reach, although he believes that his team can produce a performance next week that will give them a fighting chance of claiming a spot in the final.
Mourinho said: “It is obvious that Dortmund were the better side. They were more aggressive physically and mentally and they won virtually all the duels. I have the feeling that every goal was a mistake. And we had one or two more [mistakes] that could have [made the score] worse too but our goalkeeper made good saves.
“Over the last three years at Madrid I have met lots of people and they have told me lots of things about the club, including the importance of the Bernabéu [on European nights],” Mourinho continued. “Things seem impossible but they are not. There is still hope. If you asked the players now if there is a chance, they would say ‘no’. Ask them in an hour and they will say ‘yes’. By next Tuesday they will be ready to go for it and give everything.
“Of course we can do it. On a crazy night where everyone performs at a high level and you score every chance, you can do it. What you cannot do is get knocked out without dying on the pitch. If we are knocked out I want [Dortmund] to suffer and I want the Madrid players to leave the pitch with absolutely nothing left to give.”