Mou: We Can Beat United At OT
14 February 2013
Despite conceding an away goal, Jose Mourinho is confident Real Madrid can knock Manchester United out of the Champions League at Old Trafford.
Los Blancos dominated United at the Bernabeu last night after going behind to a goal against the run of play, and surviving Robin van Persie’s fluffed chances late in the game.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s majestic, towering header was more in keeping with the tenor of the game however, with Real having been head and shoulders above their visitors in every statistic other than the score, which critically remained equal.
However, The Special One believes that United will not be allowed to play as defensively at home as they did last night, and he is sure his own team will be able to score in the Theatre of Dreams as a result.
"I like to play first at home," Mourinho said after the match.
"That means you know what you have to do away in the second leg. Because of the English culture you can't play with defenders in your own box at home. United can't play like they did here."
"We had chances to score more, but we were playing against a side defending very deep," Mourinho continued.
"It's not a criticism. They can play how they like."
With Mourinho’s future at Real in doubt, and the club’s chances in both the Champions League and Copa del Rey still in the balance, Mou refuses to dull his fighting talk.
"I don't feel any pressure," he insisted.
"In the Cup and the Champions League everything is all square but we are Real Madrid and we can score goals and win games away from home.
"Many other teams have scored at Old Trafford and they haven't faced a team like us there yet.
"United didn't play to win but they did their job well. They will be happy. But they know what we can do there.
"If you asked me percentages I don't change one single number, it's 50-50."