Barca don’t worry me, says new Real coach Mourinho

Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta
Real Madrid manager is focussed on his job and not the threat posed by rivals Barcelona
jose mourinho

Mourinho, 47, led Inter Milan to an historic treble last season

New Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho says he is focused on his job at Real Madrid and not the threat posed by rivals Barcelona.

“I am not anti-Barcelona,” said Mourinho, who signed a four-year deal with the La Liga outfit. “I am coach of Real but Barca doesn’t worry me. My only concern is to grow Real.

“Barca are great rivals and we respect them. If I am hated at Barcelona, it is their problem but not mine. Fear is not a word in my football dictionary.”

Mourinho, 47, was unveiled as Real’s new coach at a press conference earlier today and spoke of his ambitions for his time at the Bernabeu.

“I don’t change my level of ambition or motivation,” he continued. “I gave everything to every club where I have been and I will do the same here. I don’t feel any kind of different pressure.

“I am a coach that improves day by day. I arrive with everything a coach can win in club football.”

The former Chelsea boss also spoke of Cristiano Ronaldo’s importance, but insisted he is focused on Real’s collective success rather than individual prosperity.

“Cristiano Ronaldo is an incredible player not only for Real but for the whole of football,” he said.

“The most important thing is not the coach or the players but the club. We are too small compared to the dimension of the club. If we work as a group, it’s not difficult to get results.”

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