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Saturday, 14 January 2012

Mourinho: "We don't hide the fact that the league is a priority for us"

"Our match against Mallorca is most important right now and we'll have to do our very best in it"
Edu Bueno / Translation by Michael J. O'Donnell

Jose Mourinho analysed tomorrow's match against Mallorca, which he said is of maximum priority right now.
"We're about to face Mallorca in the league, so there's no point in talking about Barcelona now. It's good for the media because you sell more and work less, but I'm not going to think about them right now because I'm not interested at the moment."

"The league championship is a priority for us. The match against Mallorca is very important; right now it's the most important one. Three important points will be at stake and we have to take as many as we can to avoid our most immediate opponent from catching up with us. We'll have to do our very best to win. We dropped points last year and there's still that risk. Mallorca have improved considerably and their morale is high following their shower of goals in the Copa del Rey. They're better than ever."

"I hope the Copa tie does not distract my men. We're about to face Mallorca and Athletic Bilbao in games that will be difficult enough to have them lose focus. I'll do everything I can to avoid that. Tomorrow's match is most important, like all other games in the league. It's a priority. The Copa del Rey is also an important championship and we'll have to fight for it. We're the defending champions, but the league is too important for us to focus on other fixtures that, despite also being important, aren't as much."

"Di Maria has no chance of making the cut for the game and we'll have to see if he's recovered by next week. We're not going to use any rotation system or protective changes on the lineup. We shouldn't cry about Khedira's injury either or use it as an excuse. He is an important player and we'll miss him, but that's that. We lost Higuain last season. That's what the squad's there for. Those who get a chance will have to prove they are players worthy of Real Madrid."
"Carvalho is training without limitations and will not be featured in the medical report, but he won't travel to Mallorca either because he has yet to get used to the pace of competing. I can't seem to find a spot for Sahin right now. The preseason is over and he hasn't played many games. He has to continue working hard to be ready when the time comes."

"We'll face the second half of the season with the same players we had at the start. We're sure of this. We're not interested in either buying nor selling."

"Cristiano Ronaldo is a centre forward and his free-kick efficiency should be compared to that of players on other teams, if that's what one wishes to do. Do you have the others' numbers? We're talking about the latest Golden Boot winner! The only player who's scored more goals than Cristiano is a player from Estonia."
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