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José Mourinho plays underdog card ahead of UEFA Super Cup

The former Real Madrid boss is aware Manchester United are underdogs.

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Former Real Madrid manager José Mourinho is returning to face his former club this Tuesday in the UEFA Super Cup.

This matchup will be Mourinho’s first time playing against Real since managing the team from 2010-2013. He won three trophies while at the club, although the Champions League trophy he was brought in to win eluded him while at the Santiago Bernabéu.

Coming into the game Tuesday, Mourinho was interviewed, and in the process was retrospective of his past attempts at the UEFA Super Cup. He has only played in one Super Cup tie, and that contest came while at Chelsea. He has never stayed at his clubs after winning the Champions League in order to play the UEFA Super Cup as the favourite. His first time winning the tournament was at Porto and the second time was while at Inter Milan.

Mourinho is aware that his club isn’t the strongest team in the tie, and yet still is hopeful they can pull off the upset.

"Every time I've contested the UEFA Super Cup, it was as the Europa League winners. When I won the Champions League with Porto, I left Porto. When I won the Champions League with Inter, I left Inter.”

“So I've never contested the UEFA Super Cup as the strongest team. It's the same story this time: I'm taking Manchester United to play against Real Madrid, the Champions League winners. Hopefully this time we can do it."

José Mourinho - Source: Manchester Evening News

Another portion of the interview was fascinating as it gave perspective to how he views his former clubs. Given that this is his first matchup against Real since leaving the club in 2013, it was an interesting view into how Mourinho views Real.

"I don't look at them as a former team. It's something I've been through many times,"

"I left Porto and two months later I was facing them in the Champions League. I left Chelsea and a few months later I was facing them with Manchester United. I never look at it in terms of taking on my former club, not at all.

"So I just look at Real Madrid as what they are: a big club, the European champions, and it's a great motivation for us to play against them."

José Mourinho - Source: Manchester Evening News

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Date: 08/08/2017

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