• Champions League

Mourinho: We can score at least two at Old Trafford

ESPN staff
February 13, 2013

Jose Mourinho is confident Real Madrid can score more than one goal at Old Trafford after his side were held to a 1-1 draw by Manchester United at the Bernabeu.

Mourinho refused to concede that United have the advantage heading into the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie, following Danny Welbeck's first-half strike which means Madrid must score in Manchester.

The Portuguese saw his men equalise through Cristiano Ronaldo and is adamant that the tie remains as even as before kick-off, predicting it will not be decided until the final minute.

"I think the players gave everything," Mourinho told Sky Sports. "Of course it was a difficult game. To be losing 1-0 is not easy sitatuion. Now is our time to go to Old Trafford and I think 1-1 is not a bad result and we can score more than one goal there.

"There was nothing new, it was not a surprise. Not a surprise the match or the result. Basically it was what I was waiting for which was everything open for the second leg and I was thinking this could go to the last minute."

Mourinho did aim a small dig at United's negative tactics, insisting Madrid were the only ones who came to attack. Nevertheless, he praised the Red Devils' rearguard action as David De Gea turned in a man-of-the-match performance.

"They changed their way of playing, with the block very low. Rio [Ferdinand] and [Jonny] Evans didn't put one foot in our half to protect the space," Mourinho said.

"They were waiting for a set-piece or counter attack. We were the team who had to chase the game. They defend well. The result is open. If you ask for a percentage I don't change one thing, it is 50/50.

"We can score more goals. They had two big chances in second half but chances out of the context because we were chasing the game. This is the Champions League; it is two matches, home and away and I think they did their match well."

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