Maradona y Mourinho juntos en Dubai / GettyImages
Jose Mourinho believes that despite Real Madrid’s 3-2 defeat by Malaga before the winter break, his decision to omit Iker Casillas was a success as it showed that coaches continue to pick teams.
The Portuguese’ selection of Antonio Adan between the sticks instead of the club captain caused many fans to raise eyebrows, and the Blancos subsequently lost at La Rosaleda.
However, Mourinho – who was talking at a conference in Dubai alongside Argentina legend Diego Maradona – played down the defeat and hailed the influence of coaches continuing in modern day football.
“Maybe it looked like a bad week, but the outcome was fantastic,” he told reporters in UAE.
“Football changes greatly, but there is one thing that doesn’t: the teams continue to be picked by the coaches.”
The Blancos return to Champions League action in February against 2010-11 finalists Manchester United in the last 16 of the elite European competition.
Mourinho said of the tie: “It’ll be a thrilling clash and we’re keen to beat a team who have a different philosophy to Real Madrid.”
The former Chelsea boss also talked about former United player Cristiano Ronaldo, who will likely play a key role in the matches, and Mourinho praised his star player’s effort to succeed.
“He’s a star, everyone wants a player like him, because of his character and his determination,” he said.
“Everyone knows he’s the best and they are right behind him. His natural habitat is at the world’s biggest teams.”
Mourinho also rubbished reports of him taking Carlo Ancelotti’s head coach role at Paris Saint-Germain any time soon, and wished the Italian all the best at Parc des Princes.
“My future at PSG? I do not think so,” the ex-Inter boss added. “I think that Ancelotti is good and will be very successful in Paris.”