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Mourinho Lauds Defense in Gala Rout

  • La Marca, Thursday, April 4, 2013 12:39 PM

Jose Mourinho applauded his team’s defensive display as Real Madrid routed Galatasaray, 3-0, in the first-leg of their UEFA Champions League Quarterfinal series at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid. Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuaín put Los Blancos within touching distance of the semifinal.

"We know they have a good team and fantastic strikers, but we played very well defensively,” Mourinho said after the game. “From my point of view we defended better than we attacked. We could have scored more goals, and we let some attacking positions go to waste, but defensively we analyzed the opposition very well.”

Winger Angel Di Maria added: "We are very happy with the win and for the three goals. At home we are strong but we have to be careful in the second leg. We know they are strong at home, and they almost always win and score goals."

Goalscorer Higuaín: "We knew we had to play the second leg in Istanbul and it is very difficult to play there. So we came out very strong today. We are very happy with the 3-0.”

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