Text size-AA+

Madrid's Mourinho sees omen in second spot

Thursday 22 November 2012 0.10 CET
José Mourinho looks on during his Real Madrid side's draw at Manchester City

Roberto Mancini, Manchester City manager
I think that in the first half they played better than us. We missed one or two chances. The first chance they got, they scored. We made a mistake, we had five defenders against two, and they scored. When you start like that it is difficult. I don't know what the difference was in the second half, we were 1-0 down and had nothing to lose. We pushed up further and played better.

We lost it in the first few games, at Madrid, Dortmund at home and in Amsterdam against Ajax. We made some mistakes. In Madrid we were 2-1 up with five minutes to go; in Amsterdam we were 1-0 up and missed chances to win the game. I hope we will have this experience now for next year.

I am disappointed to go out, like everyone here. When we started this group we knew it was difficult. We are a good team, but we went and made mistakes, and this is the Champions League. We are a good team, but you can lose to teams like Madrid and Dortmund. This can happen, but we wanted to go to the next stage.

The fans are always fantastic. They understand that we are disappointed like them and for us they are really important. We want to be in the Europa League if possible.

José Mourinho, Real Madrid coach
My players worked very hard, they played a good game. We have won the point that has put us in the next round. It is important that we have achieved qualification with one game to spare.

I think we should have won. We had plenty of chances to score the second goal, and if we had done that in the first half the game would have been over, but we did not score and they had a reaction. Then they had a penalty, and we had a man sent off. In those conditions we had to go for the point which would get us through.

Two times I have finished second and gone on to win it. I finished second with Porto behind Real Madrid; and with Inter I finished behind Barcelona and I won. I have won the group other times and I have not won. In my experience [finishing second] does not mean so much. The teams that finished first will be waiting for an opponent they think may be easier, but if they get Real Madrid that is not good news for them.

© 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.