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Notes & Quotes: December 20, 2018; Open Thread

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Mijatovic talks Mourinho, Solari praises Bale, and Zico reacts to Real Madrid’s win

Kashima Antlers v Real Madrid CF - FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images

Mijatovic talks Mourinho rumors, says that it’s a possibility

Real Madrid’s sport director Predrag Mijatovic was interviewed by Cadena SER and asked about rumors circling a Jose Mourinho return to the Bernabéu.

“I don’t know about percentage chance, but in possibility, there’s a lot.”

“Why do I say that? Because Florentino loves Mourinho and I think that each time there is a change of coach he gets in contact with him.”

“Watch out, eh! There’s a big chance.”

The last line of Mijatovic’s comments makes it sound like he’s possibly joking around in the interview. Whatever the case may be, a Mourinho return to Real Madrid is still a bit far-fetched at this point.

Even if it does have a good chance of happening, Mourinho would not be a step above Solari at this stage, considering how poorly he handled Manchester United this season. There just doesn’t appear to be a tangible reason why a second stint for Mourinho as manager of Real would work out favorably for either party right now.

Solari praises Bale’s performance against Kashima

Santiago Solari was interviewed after Wednesday’s win against Kashima Antlers in the Club World Cup semi-final and spoke on Bale’s terrific performance.

“I’m happy for the three goals scored by Bale and for the solidity and consistency of the team.”

“Bale has taken everything, the spotlight, the stage, the goal. He had a sensational match, he has shown what he is and what he is capable of. “

“In the end, the last person responsible for a performance is always the footballer.”

“Gareth has given great joy to Madrid and has been decisive in very important moments, which is the most important part of football. What dominates football is goals and Bale scores them.”

Since Ronaldo’s departure from Real Madrid, it has been Gareth Bale that seems to have the weight of the offense bestowed upon him. He hasn’t scored a whole lot in LaLiga, especially when taking into consideration his long goal drought that was recently ended. He has been quite good in the Champions League, however, and was the star of the show against Kashima on Wednesday with a hat trick.

While he can’t do it all alone, he has been good when it has counted in these tournaments. Obviously, more will be expected of him in LaLiga and the other tournaments going forward this season.

Kashima’s technical director Zico reacts to Real Madrid’s win

Brazil legend, former Kashima midfielder and manager, and current Kashima technical director Zico gave his comments to Omnisport about Kashima’s loss and gave respect to the talent of Real.

“I did not see the Kashima I expected to see. I think we respected Madrid too much.”

“We no longer do the kind of game we are used to doing: with pressure and trying to score. We did not play a decisive game, we just played one more game.”

“With Madrid you cannot play just another game if you want to win.”

Obviously being affiliated with Kashima Zico is going to look at this from their perspective. He does show some respect for Real Madrid’s skill, despite their performances at points this season, when talking about how Kashima lost.