José Mourinho (photo via Realmadrid.com)
Racing Santander visits the Santiago Bernabéu tomorrow (8 p.m. local time). Jose Mourinho attended today's pre-game press conference, where he told the media that Argentinian winger Ángel Di María is now ready to return from his groin injury.
I'm counting with him now. He could have played against Levante but we decided to give him a few days more. He'll be ready against Racing.
I like to play, but I also like to practice. I like to prepare the games in a right way, working with concepts and improving some things. This past few weeks with only one game have been very important for the team. But the Champions League is now here, and we welcome that. We also like to play three games in a week. We are in a good situation, with Lass and Altintop injured, although I believe Lass will be ready for Moscow.
Given Real Madrid's schedule, Mourinho could use the depth of his roster to give some rest to important players. However, the Portuguese coach noted that this isn't the right time.
This is not a convenient game for rotations. We are playing just one game per week. Even though we play Tuesday against CSKA, we've rescheduled the trip so we can travel Sunday to be together. I'm not considering any rotations for tomorrow.
If Real Madrid wants to see FC Barcelona doing a pasillo in the Camp Nou, Mourinho's team will need a 16-point lead.
No, I would like to win la Liga tomorrow, but I think it is impossible, as I think it is impossible to win it before we get to Camp Nou. Thinking about getting there with a 15 point-lead is foolishness. If we finish La Liga one point ahead, that would be fantastic.
The team hasn't kept a clean sheet in quite a few home games. This fact worries Mourinho.
Of course I do worry about this defensive problems. I like to analyze the situation with the players to improve it, without losing the ability to score many goals. We have to work on it without losing our good skills.
Nuri Sahin has barely played this season. This is not a concern for Mourinho, who compared the Turkish player's situation with Granero's. Mourinho will also speak to the media after the game against Racing.
That's a good question, but it is the same one you asked about Granero and Lass when they were not playing. The answer will always be the same. Only 10 men can play, and I have 20.