Mourinho applauds Gala for making Real sweat

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho congratulated Galatasaray for pulling off a victory in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie.

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Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo scored early in the first period to extend Real Madrid's commanding 3-0 advantage from the first leg, but home side Galatasaray refused to lie down in the face of potential elimination, with second half strikes from Emmanuel Eboue, Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba putting Fatih Terim's team back into the equation.

However, Ronaldo completed his brace deep in added time to keep Los Blancos' dream of a 10th Champions League title alive, as the La Liga side triumphed 5-3 on aggregate despite losing the second leg. 

Mourinho told the club's official website that their Turkish rivals deserved the victory after serving up a wonderful performance for their fans.

"For a few minutes the tie was wide open, despite the fact that it should have been finished with the 0-1 scoreline at halftime," he said.

"I know [Galatasaray] are strong. Mentally they are strong. They did not play with 11 men today [Tuesday], they played with 50,000 – incredible supporters. It was hard and they deserved to win tonight [Tuesday]."

Admitting that the team had to endure a nervy second half, centre-back Pepe was pleased that Real managed to pull through.

"The team fought hard and made a big effort. We are very happy to get through the tie," he shared.

"In the first half we started very well. It is true that we dropped the intensity a little in the second half and we weren't as good, but we improved at the end. The most important thing is that we have got through to the next round."

Although compatriot Ronaldo was in similarly high spirits, he demanded for Los Blancos to improve in the next round of the competition.

"I'm very happy about qualifying, we have achieved our objective and now we have to wait to see which team we will play against," Ronaldo stated.

"We made the match difficult for ourselves, in football you cannot anything give away, you have to play for 90 minutes. What happened here cannot be repeated in the future."

Galatasaray manager Terim was proud of his players for pulling off a victory in the second leg and believed the win was a boost for Turkish football.

"We brought on [Nordin] Amrabat and made a tactical change. We reduced the gap between attack and defence. Our half-time team talk was about the desire not to lose the game and this brought about the victory. After the third goal, we started to dream of the semi-finals. If [Didier] Drogba's last effort had gone in, everything would have changed," he remarked.

"There's nothing that Turkish players can't achieve with proper coaching. We need to improve every minute. We need to hold our heads high and continue on our way."

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