Mourinho eyes Madrid revenge in Super Cup

Xavier Trudeau
Août 12, 2017

Perez was speaking in Stromboli, having taken a break from Real's preparations for Tuesday's UEFA Super Cup clash with Manchester United.

An English club has not won the Super Cup since 2005 but Mourinho believes United can topple the Champions League winners in the Balkans.

But on a sweltering night in the Macedonian capital, last season's Europa League winners improved in the final stages after Romelu Lukaku reduced the deficit, and substitute Marcus Rashford nearly equalised late on.

Four years after his turbulent departure, Jose Mourinho will once again face Real Madrid, looking for revenge. However, it was hard to adjudge if the Brazilian's half-volley finish should have been chalked off as Chris Smalling may have played him onside.

The two sides last met in the Super Cup in 2012, with Barcelona winning the Camp Nou leg by the same score line but ceding the title to Madrid on away goals after a 2-1 at the Bernabeu.

Yet United's starting XI cost €417 million (S$667 million), compared to Real's €273 million. At Real Madrid every coach has great players to work with. Momentum is now with Zidane and Valverde will be looking to inject some wind into Barca's sails after a disappointing end to last season and a hard summer in the transfer market. This was his sixth trophy since being appointed in January previous year, just 19 months ago.

"What I want to talk to you about now is tomorrow's match because tomorrow we have a really important match".

Real Madrid midfielder Isco has revealed he is "very close" to signing a new contract.

Following what was his third Super Cup defeat as a manager, Mourinho gave his loser's medal to a child in the crowd. "But when I asked him about what getting the medal means, he was excited but said "I just want to win my first Ballon d'Or before I turn 20"".

Here's what Mourinho had to say about the game: "I only hope tomorrow the team that wins, the doping control people allow them to celebrate and enjoy their moment".

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