Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos heaped praise on Jose Mourinho after Saturday's victory over city rivals Atletico Madrid.
The 26-year-old played the full 90 minutes as Los Blancos ran out 2-0 winners and was then quizzed about the appearance of the Portuguese on the pitch shortly before kick-off.
“He doesn’t come on the pitch with us,” he told the club's official website.
“We’re tasked with playing and doing our job. He’s the ideal coach for Madrid.”
A Cristiano Ronaldo free kick and a 66th minute strike from Mesut Ozil was enough to seal the the win and the Spain international was delighted with their respective performances.
“Cristiano has worked consistently and we’re happy that he’s scored. It doesn’t surprise me because he’s scored from free kicks like today's in training," he added.
“He’s been criticised a lot lately and now is not the time to talk about it. Ozil prefers to make the final pass as opposed to scoring most of the time, but goals are what win matches.
"We’re happy because he scored and it’s a goal that makes the difference in the match."
The victory cuts the gap on Atletico to five points and Ramos admitted the result was a big one for his side.
“We played a good, intelligent match. We are happy because in matches like these it doesn’t matter if you’re on a good or bad run," he continued.
“We knew we had to win three points and we were able to get ahead and control the game.”