MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 31: Real Madrid's new coach Jose Mouirinho holds a press conference at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 31, 2010 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)
Manager Jose Mourinho addressed the press prior to tomorrow's match versus Levante UD. As I posted in Bernabeu Bites, there's a question on whether or not Cristiano Ronaldo will play in tomorrow's tie, as he was roughed up pretty good by Dinamo Zagreb's Jerko Lecko during their Champions League match in Croatia.
Addressing the fact Real Madrid dropped points last season at Levante.
"If we keep playing this way we'll have chances to win tomorrow against a difficult opponent. We failed to win at their stadium last year. It will be difficult because they defend fiercely and well. Levante are a good side that's competitive and aggressive. We will have to play very well in order to win. I'm only interested in this match. All the players on my team are important."
If there's one thing Mou is, it's a realest. While it would be nice to be able to run the la Liga table, it's just not possible. And the team is going to drop points.
"It's not possible to take all points in easy league championnships, and even less in hard championships like ours. We will drop points. It's one thing to drop points because your opponent played very well and another because you played badly. You have to feel disappointed in the latter scenario."
Here he states the obvious in regards to the Getafe CF match last week, it was a win.
"My team lacked concentration at times against Getafe and therefore wasn't as tight in defence as it could have been. Our attackers didn't connect well with the team and didn't close the gap between lines. Meanhwile, our defenders didn't connect with our forwards when the latter attacked. Our defence was close to goal and our forwards too close to the opponent's box when we lost the ball. Getafe had too much room and that's why they proved to be dangerous."
But damn if it wasn't ugly.
He would also go on to talk about the Ronaldo situation and it'll be a game time decision on whether or not CR7 makes either the 18 or starting XI. Mou called up 20 players for this match, so he is covered if need be. He also goes to comment on the Lassana Diarra saga.
The case on Lass is shut. He is our player and I never wanted him to leave. He wouldn't be able to play in the Champions League on any other side anyway.
He's right, even if he were to leave during the January transfer window - he would be useless to any club involved in Champions League play due to being cup tied, by coming on as a sub during the Dinamo Zagreb match. So it looks as though Lass is ours for at least this season.
SOURCE: Real Madrid CF Official