Jose Mourinho, in a press conference at the end of the match that was held in Seville, which ended in a 1-1 draw with Betis, for the fourth round of the group stage of the European League, expressed his satisfaction with the result.
“It was a high pressure match, not a group stage match. For us, it was a straight elimination match, because if we lose, we are out of the fight to qualify for the next round. Seeing the opponent reach 1-0 before the first 45 minutes is real pressure for the players. , the same kind of pressure you feel in knockout matches,” he began by referring to the Portuguese coach, praising the team: “With all the problems we have you. [lesões]We showed a big heart and deserved to leave with the lottery, which means we got out of here alive. We had enough quality to be able to risk more in the last 10 or 15 minutes, but today we needed to have brains and we controlled the game really well. We came out alive and now we have two games to win. If we don’t win, we’re out of the race. But that’s fine, because we have to think only of ourselves and not of other teams.”
Asked about the understanding and performance of the attacking duo Abraham-Belotti, Jose Mourinho commented: “The first half was disastrous. It wasn’t what I asked for. Bad first part. They left the dressing room with their ears burning because I pulled them so much, but the second half was great, Not just for the sake of goal, but because we came up with solutions to not lose the ball, attack depth or look for it. I really enjoyed the second part.”
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