Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho says there was no need to make any radical changes in the close season after strong performances in 2010-11.
The Copa del Rey holders were relatively quiet on the transfer market and signed ‘only’ five players in Fabio Coentrao, Nuri Sahin, Hamit Altintop, Jose Callejon and Raphael Varane.
“We did a good job last season, so radical changes weren’t necessary,” Mourinho said.
“It may seem contradictory that Real Madrid spent so little when they can afford so much. Other clubs spend more than they should.”
Mourinho also explain his decision to sign Coentrao, adding the Portugal international’s versatility will give him more options.
“We didn’t sign Coentrao out of need of a left-back; we happen to have a very good one (Marcelo), possibly the best there is,” he said.
“Coentrao is here because of the many options he gives us always at a high level.”
“He’s played in midfield because of the injuries sustained by some of his team-mates and because the team as a whole is always more important than individual players.”