Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho applauds team's winning mentality after LA Galaxy victory

Special One pleased with character of his squad...
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho praised his team's winning mentality after they came from 2-0 down to defeat LA Galaxy in their final pre-season game of their US tour.

The Spanish giants started the second half two goals behind, but scored three to steal victory thanks to a brace from Gonzalo Higuain and a strike from Pedro Leon.

And the self-proclaimed 'Special One' was delighted with the La Liga giants determination to win.

"I liked the team's mentality," Mourinho told Madrid's official website.

"They did not want to lose. I always tell my players that friendly matches do not exist, that pre-season matches are used to make a lot of changes and that winning isn't what counts.

"I do no like the word 'friendly' in football. I can tell the players want to win every match.

"There were moments I didn't like in both of our matches, but that's logical because we are still working and learning and there are many things to iron out.

"That said, there were also a lot of things I did like, such as the second half of today's [Saturday's] match. I liked how we played on defence, how we pressured, how we played the ball and how we managed to score."

The former Chelsea and Inter Milan manager also had special praise for striker Higuain.

"Gonzalo Higuain is a top forward. He scored two goals, which is quite important to a forward," he added.

"What I liked most were his movements on the pitch, which were those of an intelligent forward. He makes the game easy for other attackers because he plays from behind and opens up a lot of ground.

"Real Madrid cannot spend 10 months playing with only Cristiano [Ronaldo] or Higuain. We will be participating in three competitions, so I need [Karim] Benzema as he is an important player in my book."

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