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Date: 23 April 2019

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Mourinho yet to impress the Bernabeu

[Posted 13 Sep 2010]
[By Beezsports ]
Mourinho collected his first set of 3 points with Real Madrid against Osasuna on Sunday

Champions League winning coach with Inter Milan last season Jose Mourinho's slow start to the La Liga in Spain has not yet impressed the Real Madrid soccer fans who want to win impressively, not just pick up a win.

The Real Madrid team was jeered off the pitch by their own fans at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday following their lacklustre performance in the 1-0 victory over visiting Osasuna.

Portuguese defender Ricardo Carvalho scored in the opening minutes of the second half following a goalless dull first half in which Real failed to create clear cut chances in front of goal.

The former Inter Milan and Chelsea boss accepted the fans' voicing of their disapproval to the standard of football they witnessed for 90 minutes from their favourite team on Sunday.

"The public can jeer if they want and I can respect it," said Mourinho.

The 'special one' resisted the temptation to hit back at the fans and instead agreed with their action.

"I work for the total satisfaction of the public and they pay me to work and not to criticise the fans. I will never say anything against the fans of Real Madrid.

"Is it only at the Bernabeu where they demand more? I don't know any supporters of any big clubs that settle for less. It is nothing new for me," reasoned Mourinho.

Real Madrid drew their first match away from home and Mourinho and his galaxy of stars were under pressure to win Sunday's home match. Though the fans were not impressed, the team grounded a win and managed to collect maximum points.

The win has taken Madrid's tally to 4 points, at least a point above Barcelona who suffered a shock 0-2 home defeat to newly promoted Hercules.

Pressure could have been worse on Mourinho if Barca had managed to collect six points out of two games. The possibility of Madrid falling behind their arch-rivals with 2 points could have been too much to swallow for the proud Galactico fans.

The Portuguese coach will be under pressure to wrestle the championship away from Barcelona and to try and win back the Champions league trophy they last won in 2002.

Real Madrid begin that journey to win back the Champions League with a group opener against Ajax Amsterdam on Wednesday.


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