Mourinho content with Real status
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho remained defiant about his side's chances in three competitions this season, less than a week after a crushing La Liga defeat by arch-rivals Barcelona.
Real's 3-1 loss at the Bernabeu last Saturday left the Spanish giants second in the league, equal on points with the league leaders but with a game in hand.
Mourinho's side have drawn CSKA Moscow for the last 16 in the Champions League, and they won their first Copa Del Rey game of the season against Ponferrada in midweek. Real are set to face Sevilla on Saturday and for Mourinho, the situation couldn't be going any better.
"At the same point last year we had a two-point deficit to the leaders (Barcelona). This year, in the worst case scenario we'll be joint leaders even if we lose to Sevilla," Mourinho said. "If we've got a problem, then the rest have a far bigger one."
Despite last week's defeat by Barcelona, Mourinho maintained he "did not need" to boost his team's morale. "We're joint top of the Liga, in the Champions League we've won all our matches and we're through to the knockout phase," he added. "And, we've started well in the Copa Del Rey by beating Ponferrada. We're close to ten out of ten."
Mourinho, meanwhile, said he would not be looking to add new players to his squad in the January transfer window. "Names are being banded about, but that's only normal," he added. "But we've always said we want to finish the season with the same players we started it with."