Real Madrid hits target

13:01, October 05, 2010      

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Real Madrid's 6-1 thrashing of a hapless Deportivo la Coruna on Sunday night could well turn out to be the turning point of their season.

Prior to Sunday's game the side coached by Jose Mourinho had been criticized for a lack of flowing football and a lack of goals.

If Madrid was looking for a morale boost in a rain-soaked Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, they could not have asked for a better rival that Deportivo. Weak in defense and lacking punch in attack, Miguel Angel Lotina's team had only scored twice in the campaign and both of those goals had arrived from the penalty spot.

Their appearance on the newly re-laid Bernabeu pitch was the tonic that Real Madrid needed: Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice, while Ozil, Higuain and Di Maria also got on the score sheet for Mourinho's men, while Ze Castro aided the Madrid cause with an own goal.

Madrid scored as many goals in 90 minutes on Sunday night against Deportivo as they had done in their previous five league encounters and after being questioned in the press and in the stands, Mourinho was in combative mood.

"The doubts motivate me," he said in Monday's edition of sports paper Diario AS.

The former Chelsea, Porto and Inter Milan coach spoke ironically about his achievements before joining Madrid this summer.

"I know that you are bound to have doubts with what I have won and you' ll have to say whether or not I have the right to work in your country. I have not won three Champions Leagues and seven league titles, I have only won two Champions Leagues and just six league titles....Is that enough to be able to work here?" he commented.

Mourinho warned that the win against a rival that looks like a relegation candidate didn't mean that his side had cured all of its ills.

"We are not the best team in the World because we have beaten Deportivo 6-1, but we weren't the worst team last week after drawing 0-0 against Levante. What has happened is that we noticed the difference for having two days extra rest."

"I have the confidence of the club President and the Directors and if I am allowed to work for four years I will build a great team, although there will be other performances such as the one against Levante" he said.

Source: Xinhua


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