Mourinho: Winning Is Always Important

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho was happy with the 3-0 Champions League Group D win over Ajax on Wednesday.Jose Mourinho

Mourinho was pleased that his men did not get distracted by the battle between Ajax and Olympique Lyonnais for second spot.

He also said he was proud of the way his players performed throughout the contest.

“This game shows that we fully respect what Real Madrid stands for in the world of football and that we respect our profession and always play seriously,” Mourinho told the UEFA website.

“We weren’t interested in knowing if Ajax or Lyon were looking to qualify behind us.”

“We played our own game and in my opinion we played an excellent first half.”

“In the second half we weren’t at the same standard but there were many players out there who aren’t used to playing a lot and so keeping the rhythm up after the break wasn’t easy.”

“We defended well and winning is always important.”

“Nobody was injured and practically all of the players who don’t regularly play did so. They deserved it. We are a very united group.”

Real Madrid resume La Liga action on Saturday when they host arch-rivals Barcelona in the first El Clasico clash at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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