Real Madrid Coach Jose Mourinho: This Year Has Been The Best Of My Career So Far

Mourinho is happy with Madrid's progress in the league...
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has patted himself on his back for having a great 2010 and insists that he can lead los Blancos to their first Primera Division triumph since 2007-08.

Reflecting on an eventful year in which he led Italian giants Inter to a historic treble and then joined Madrid in the summer in a quest to revive Europe's most successful club's fortunes, Mourinho gloated at his achievements.

"This has been the best year in my career," the Portuguese is quoted as saying by Madrid's official website.

"I would give myself an 11 out of 10. I won every championship I played in last season and we currently have lost none of our chances to win titles at Real Madrid. The league is very open still.

"We've qualified for the last 16 both in the Copa del Rey and the Champions League. We also were the best side in the Champions League group stage. This season has been perfect for us so far."

Looking ahead to today's Primera Division match against Sevilla at the Bernabeu, Mourinho commented: "The match against Sevilla is worth three points regardless of absences on either team. Both sides want to win for different reasons.

"Our fans must always make a difference and they are always there for us at home. The two games we have yet to play before the new year are important.

"If I may, I'd like to ask the fans to come to the stadium. We will give our all in both games and they will help us win with their support.

"Gregorio Manzano is the coach of Sevilla, a team with quality players. I have great respect for him and his side. I will greet him before the match, just like I greet every other coach at my stadium."

The former Chelsea and Inter tactician blasted the media regarding the Iker Casillas-Cristiano Ronaldo problems and raged: "Rumours concerning Cristiano and Casillas' relationship are made up in order to sell newspapers when there is no real interesting news.

"Some news that is made up, such as false signings, are much less detrimental to the image of players. That's all it is.

"There are no problems in my squad. We don't want to play this game, but I do have to say we have no internal strife whatsoever."

Mourinho also expressed his delight at the return of playmaker Kaka to training and enthused: "Kaka was very excited and moved for training with the team again today. We want him to continue to work with his team-mates until Wednesday.

"We want him to train with the squad more often after the holidays in order to be able to play, or at least be benched, by mid-January."

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