Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho says he is to blame for his team’s “dreadful” start to the season, ahead of Tuesday’s testing Champions League Group D opener against Manchester City.
The Madrid coach was again harshly critical of his side after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Sevilla – a result that leaves his side in 11th place and eight points behind Barcelona after only four games.
However, despite his side’s run of poor form Mourinho has accepted full responsibility for his players’ bad attitude in recent games. “I am the one responsible for this dreadful start to the season,” Mourinho said. “I have not been able to create a committed group, I have not ensured that football was the biggest priority in the life of the players.
“Now I am obliged to make a team which can be as close as possible to that of last year or the year before. In football there is only today and tomorrow, never yesterday, nor the titles won. There is no doubt who is responsible. In my teams, if we win, we do it together, and if we lose, I am the one responsible.”
Mourinho, who said on Saturday in Sevilla that “he had no team” in that game, is sure his players will show up against City.
“I am convinced that tomorrow we will have a team that will be together, that everyone will want to work for each other, that everyone will give their all,” he said. “Maybe we will lack a little confidence and self-esteem, because it is not easy to play against ‘el City’ after having played an awful game. I could be wrong, but I believe we will be at our best.”Continue reading