Mourinho fine with finishing second

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho is undaunted by the prospect of finishing second in Group D after a last-minute 2-2 draw against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.

Football News: Jose Mourinho, Real Madrid

By ESPNSTAR.com staff

The Spanish champions are currently second in their group after failing to overcome Dortmund twice in a fortnight. They fell to a 2-1 loss against the Germans two weeks ago and needed an 89th minute goal from Mesut Ozil to pull off a 2-2 draw on Tuesday.

Mourinho brushed off the concerns over finishing second in the tough group, which also includes Manchester City and Ajax.

"If we qualify, if this is the most difficult group and we end up second, then, that's a problem for the other teams that end up first in their groups," Mourinho said after the match.

"The two times that I've won the Champions League my team ended the group stage in second place.

"There is no drama here. We played a great game versus Manchester City and today it's been another great game.

The Portuguese singled out Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Callejon in particular as he took time to praise his side for managing to cope after losing Gonzalo Higuain to injury in the first half, .

"We were behind in the game, we'd lost Gonzalo Higuaín and we didn't have any other forwards on the bench and we had to make a comeback. Callejón had an influence on that [fightback]. But I think the four strikers that finished the game did some great things looking for that goal.

"In my opinion Cristiano [Ronaldo] played a great match. Even if he has physical problems, he still plays. 

"In the second half, without a real forward he played in other positions. For me he did a great job of finding space.

"We made two big defensive mistakes, you can't do that against a big team, they will kill you.

"Dortmund put us under a lot of pressure. In the first half we couldn't perform, but the second half was quite different, I liked the second half."



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