Real Madrid’s Jose Mourinho hits out at Pep Guardiola over referee jibe

Mourinho feels his Madrid side are up to the task of going all the way in the Champions League
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho hit out at his Barcelona counterpart Pep Guardiola ahead of the heavyweight tilt at the Bernabeu.

Mourinho’s men will take on the Spanish champions in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday and the Portuguese tactician has fanned the flames ahead of the crunch clash.

Mourinho commentated that Guardiola belongs to a new group of coaches who complain about the referee making the correct decisions in big matches.

"I don't want mistakes to go in our favour, but hope that both teams are happy after the game," he said.

"However, it's not possible for Pep to be happy. The referee must be wrong. Guardiola's comments see us move into a new era where coaches criticise the correct decisions of the referee," he said, referring to Pedro's goal that was correctly ruled out for offside in the Copa del Rey.

"This is the first time I have see something like this. When I complain about referees I do it honestly, and if he makes the right calls I will say that without problems.

"We have to play to the maximum. It's not about the referee.”

The Portuguese coach, who won the trophy with Inter last year, eliminating Barcelona in the semi-finals, said there are no favourites, but he is optimistic the Whites can take a first-leg lead.

He also refuted claims that last week's Copa del Rey final win would influence the game tomorrow.

"Every game is a different story. It's the same as if we had not won the final. Cup competitions are always different.

"However we are calm. It's a Champions League semi-final, and we will not be influenced by what has happened before."

'The Special One' was then asked if the current Barcelona team was the best of all time and he replied: "I don't know if they are the best, they are a great team, but I don't know if they are the best."

Asked who were the favourites heading into the game, Mourinho responded bluntly: "There are no favourites. No result after the game will make us feel secure for the return leg. We are not obsessed, but we want to go all the way.

"There are no favourites, just like in the Schalke - Manchester United game."

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