Mourinho confident of Vallecano victory

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is confident that his players will find the motivation to defeat local rivals Rayo Vallecano after impressing against Manchester City.

Football News: Jose Mourinho, Real Madrid

By ESPNSTAR.com staff

The Portuguese manager was happy to recount the manner in which Real came back from behind to defeat City in their Champions League encounter earlier in the week. 

He believes that the players demonstrated a strong desire to win during that match and feels they might have turned the corner following a stuttering start to their title defence. 

Vallecano have always been tough opponents and only a wonderful backheel goal by Cristiano Ronaldo helped Real secure the win in the corresponding fixture last season. Mourinho expects an equally robust fight by the Vallecano players in Sunday's Madrid derby. 

"I was very happy with the team that played Man City and I've been happy with the training sessions up to today. I think our prospects are good for tomorrow's [Sunday] match," Mourinho said at a pre-match press conference. 

"I don't expect an easy match and we know that Vallecano put up a good fight. The atmosphere will be charged and it's going to be a tough clash between two teams from the same city.

"It's to their [Real players's] credit that they found the necessary physical and emotional motivation against Man City and that's how we're going to continue. I am confident that they'll find the motivation to tackle the match against Rayo, just as they did in the game on Tuesday. 

Mourinho also dismissed reports that Sergio Ramos has fallen down the pecking order for having displeased him after the Spanish international was surprisingly benched during the mid-week game. 

"The players don't know [why they are not selected] and if they don't know I can't tell the press. He didn't play the last match and both Pepe and Varane were fantastic; fast, playing with ease and very focused," he explained. 

"Why isn't anyone talking about Varane when a week ago people were talking about his frustration? At 19, he's been given the responsibility of playing a match of maximum importance and he's done a fantastic job. Now no one's talking about Varane. 

Moreover, Mourinho also went on to hit back against allegations that captain Iker Casillas did not celebrate Ronaldo's goal against City due to a disagreement with the striker. 

"Everyone has their own reaction for entirely different reasons. There are important goals in which I don't even get up and on this occasion I reacted as I did. What's important is to score, win and achieve the common objective."



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