Madrid met United in California last month in a match that finished 1-1, with the Premier League side prevailing in a comical penalty shootout, but before that match, the Portuguese manager said: “You try to compensate the difference in quality with a certain tactical organisation and with that you can win in football.
“You try to compensate the difference in quality with a certain tactical organisation and with that you can win in football.
“It’s possible a team is on a certain day better than the sum of the parts. But the parts are amazing, their relation with the ball is amazing. So, we try not to compare ourselves to them.”
It seems something of a defeatist argument from a coach who has won it all at club level, especially considering his United side cost more than the one fielded by counterpart Zinedine Zidane in the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday in Skopje.
According to Marca , United’s XI for this match in Macedonia was bought for a total of €413 million, while Madrid’s cost €273m – and that included €100m on Gareth Bale alone.
On the pitch, however, it was Madrid who looked more comfortable than their rivals – even with Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench.
It was no vintage show either from the European champions. Casemiro’s opening goal was marginally offside, while Romelu Lukaku missed a couple of great chances for United.
But Mourinho’s earlier assessment was correct – Real have better players and are simply slicker with the ball at their feet.
Source: Goal. Com