Mourinho refuses to criticize Bayern's 'clear offside' goal

The former Chelsea and Inter coach was disappointed that Franck Ribery's strike was allowed to stand but remains positive ahead of next week's return fixture
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho was disappointed with the nature of his side's 2-1 defeat in the first leg of its Champions League semifinal tie with Bayern Munich on Tuesday, but believes it can overturn the deficit.

The Bavarians scored a last-gasp winner to secure the victory, though it was their first goal through Franck Ribery that upset the 49-year-old. When the ball was struck, Luiz Gustavo was standing behind the last defender but was deemed not to be interfering with play.

"The first goal was a clear offside, a typical error, [but] I don't criticize it." Mourinho said in his post-match press conference. "We have the second leg to come and it's not like we have to make a historical comeback - what we have to do is very achievable.

"If we win at home 1-0, 2-0, 3-1, we are there. I am optimistic we can return here to play the final."

Things did not get off to the best of starts for Los Blancos as boots were stolen from the Madrid dressing room before the game.

"The stealing of Cristiano [Ronaldo]'s shoes is a shame, it's impossible something like that could happen at the Bernabeu," Mourinho added. "It's our first defeat in this Champions League for us [this season] but it's not one that leaves me with negative feelings. We lost away from home in what was a good game. It was a typical Champions League semi-final."

When asked the reason for his team's loss, Mourinho simply replied: "Because Bayern scored in the 90th minute."

Madrid will host the Bavarians at the Santiago Bernabeu on April 25 in the return fixture and nothing less than a win will do if they are now to reach the final.

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