Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho admits that beating Deportivo La Coruna at the Riazor on Saturday evening will be tough but is optimistic of achieving a positive result.
Los Blancos are currently five points behind league leaders Barcelona after 24 rounds of matches. Winning in La Coruna has proved to be tough for Madrid over the years but last season they registered a victory, and Mourinho is hopeful of a repeat performance.
"Riazor will be a tough venue," said Mourinho on Friday, according to Madrid's official website. "Deportivo have only lost at home against Barcelona and Almeria.
"It's always been complicated for Real Madrid to win there, but the team managed to win last year after many years failing to do so.
"We are having a very good run in La Liga and we don't top the table only because of [Pep] Guardiola's Barcelona," the Portuguese continued.
"Pep is a very prestigious coach. The time one has coached isn't important; it's what you achieve that counts. Guardiola has done enough to be regarded as one of the best coaches in the world."
Mourinho also complained about refereeing decisions going against his team and stated, "It's very easy to show my men a yellow card. Some teams never get booked for identical actions and others are less protected.
"You only need to look at the last two weeks in the Champions League to realise this. A yellow booking would be a red card for us."