Mourinho relaxed over future

09:05, March 29, 2011      

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Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho showed himself to be relaxed about his future in an interview carried out by Spanish television station VEO 7 and reproduced in the pages of Diario AS on Monday.

Mourinho's Real Madrid trail FC Barcelona by five points in the BBVA Primera Liga, but also play the Catalan side in the final of the Copa del Rey knockout competition on April 20.

That will be just one of four possible clashes next month should the two teams progress to the semi-finals of the Champions League where they have been drawn to play each other should they defeat Tottenham Hotspurs and Shakthar Donetsk. That wouls give Mourinho ample chance to avenge the 5-0 defeat his side suffered in the league meeting against Barcelona earlier this season. However, the Madrid coach showed himself to unworried by the possibility of losing in all three competitions to his side's bitterest rivals.

"Nothing will happen if we lose to Barca in the three competitions. Barca will win the Cup and will be in the final of the Champions League. It will be good for them and bad for us," said Mourinho.

"I can be happy if I fail at Madrid, there are coaches who fail at every club. When I al out of a job, I will be able to look at the reasons for failure."

"It would be unfair to get to April and lose in all three competitions, but the really hard thing is to get to April and still be fighting in three competitions," he added.

Mourinho and Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola will have to face each other three more times this season and the Madrid coach had words for his Catalan counterpart.

"He is a great coach," said Mourinho, who took the opportunity to have a dig at some sections of the Spanish press. "If I could, I would ask the local press to support my work, because here I have a national profile," added the Madrid coach.

Mourinho said that he believed that doping was not a problem in football before speaking about referees. The Madrid coach has been especially critical about Spanish referees almost every time his side has dropped points in the league, but was enigmatic in his reply when asked for his opinions on the country's officials.

"I don't doubt their honesty, but they are human beings and at times they disappoint me. I don't think they are against me or Madrid or anyone, but at times they give the impression there are perfect teams and then in similar circumstances I get a card and someone else doesn't," he said.

Source: Xinhua

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