Barcelona controversy will not force me to quit Real Madrid - Jose Mourinho

Portuguese boss stays calm after finding himself at the centre of a storm following comments made in aftermath of defeat to bitter rivals, and says he has more desire than ever
Jose Mourinho insists he does not feel weak or in a position to quit Real Madrid following the controversy which has engulfed the club following Wednesday's defeat to Barcelona.

The capital side lost 2-0 in the Champions League, a match where the coach was sent to the stands, and he also lambasted the Catalan giants in his post-match press conference, prompting a Uefa investigation and the Camp Nou side to lodge a report against him.

However, the Portuguese boss was ice cool in his press conference ahead of the Zaragoza game at the weekend, and was eager not to let the tension boil over once more, making it clear he was more motivated than ever to continue his work at the club.

He remarked: "I'm fine and in great health. Staying at Real Madrid now has more sense than ever. A picture is worth a thousand words, images of what happened are real and speak for me, they are not an assembly of photoshop or video editing, so I do not think I need to add anything more."

The coach was eager to remind the club and the rest of the world he would not be forced to vacate his seat after his reaction to Pepe's dismissal during the heated contest.

"I have more desire to stay at the head of Real Madrid for what it means," he said. "This shirt is white and white now has more meaning. I have no pressure, it's not a problem for me, and I stress, the images speak for me, I won't speak. We are not guilty.

"I have not made accusations, I had just one question. Why? And I said that I might die without having the answer. My answer is the same, I refer to the images."

Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been left out of the squad to face Zaragoza, had appeared to question his coach's tactics after the game, but Mourinho seemed unconcerned, stating briefly: "That is his opinion and he can say what he wants. It's not a problem for me."

Mourinho concluded by explaining his squad selection, and why some key individuals will not face Zaragoza.

He said: "Lass and Xabi Alonso are physically exhausted because they spent too much time playing eleven on ten. That is why they weren't called up. We don't have many midfielders and they need to be fit to play next Tuesday.

"Albiol shouldn't have to play because Pepe and Ramos commit criminal actions and are suspended. They must play tomorrow. Cristiano will not play because we have enough options in attack with Higuain, Benzema and Adebayor."

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