Madrid sports newspapers emphasize on their front pages the controversial press conference by Real’s manager Jose Mourinho. “Problems exist when someone thinks he is above the rest, with players who feel like they are all at the same level I have no problem”, the Portuguese said in an obvious reference to Iker Casillas.
Real Madrid’s captain and boss have had a fractious relationship this season, with the goalkeeper ending up on the bench during the last third of the season.
Real’s boss claimed he regrets not to have done enough to sign Diego Lopez at the end of his first season in Madrid. “I asked but he didn’t come. I didn’t do enough to bring him in and that’s a pity”, Mourinho said.
Both Marca and AS have been very critical of Mourinho this season and the Portuguese defended himself: “We won the Copa del Rey for the first time in 20 years and we reached the Champions League semifinals three times in three years, which does not leave me satisfied, but it can’t have been easy because 18 coaches in 21 years only got five semifinals”.
“And the league of the records is mine”, he added in a reference to the 2011-2012 season, when Real Madrid finished with an all-time record of 100 points and 121 goals. “You will want to erase those records but you won’t be able to”, Mourinho reproached the journalists.
Florentino to Lewandowski: Come to Madrid
Marca also points out in their front page a conversation that took place after the last Champions League semifinal between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund. According to the Spanish paper, Florentino Perez spoke to Robert Lewandowski and tried to persuade him to join the club.
Marca claims Real’s president met the Polish international for ten minutes in a meeting room at Santiago Bernabeu and tried to convince him that Madrid is a better option than Bayern Munich.