Real end tour on a high
Real Madrid thrashed Tianjin Teda 6-0 in a pre-season friendly today as they wrapped up their China tour with a warning to fierce rivals Barcelona ahead of their Spanish Super Cup clash. Coach Jose Mourinho said the emphatic scoreline - coupled with a 7-1 smashing of Guangzhou Evergrande on Wednesday - was proof he did not need to enter the transfer market again for a forward.
He had been quoted as saying recently he was after another striker, but he jokingly declared afterwards that was the fault of the Spanish press for not understanding his English. But he was serious when he said he did not need any more new signings after a highly successful pre-season during which his side has not lost once in games that included jet-setting to the United States, England and China.
"I want a squad of 20 players," he said, adding: "I hope tomorrow I wont read in the Spanish papers that Mourinho wants more players." The Portuguese - who had been forced to flee a 200-strong mob of screaming fans in Guangzhou - admitted the intense interest in his side on the tour had been testing. "We stay in the hotel for 22 hours a day and just leave for a two-hour practice. We cant even put one foot out," he said.
Real take on La Liga and UEFA Champions League winners Barcelona over two legs this month in the Super Cup, the traditional curtain-raiser to a season in which Mourinho will be expected to overhaul Barcelona at home and in Europe.
Kaka opened the scoring with a penalty eight minutes in, with the Brazilian star slotting low past Tianjin keeper Song Zhenyu, who was rattled by the onslaught of shots he faced against the Spanish giants. Angel Di Maria, who also scored against Guangzhou, added another minutes later on a rebound after Song failed to hold his shot.
With the score 2-0 at half-time Real asserted their authority in the second period as striker Gonzalo Higuain made it 3-0 with some nifty dribbling in the box, sending it low past an exposed Song. It took second-half substitute Cristiano Ronaldo less than ten minutes to get on the scoresheet by crashing in a left-footed effort from 12 yards. Frenchman Karim Benzema, who has enjoyed a prolific pre-season, swiftly added a double to make it 6-0.