REAL Madrid manager Jose Mourinho insists his team will score more than one goal at Manchester United in the second leg and expects their Champions League last 16 tie to go right down to the last minute.
United’s 1-1 draw in the Spanish capital last night would appear to make them favourites to progress to the quarter-finals in a three weeks’ time, but Mourinho believes the contest is still wide open.
“The match was very open, but I haven’t changed my mind, it’s 50-50 and I think it will go down to the last minute of the second leg,” said the former Chelsea boss.
“It’s two matches, home and away. They did well but my players were together and they gave everything. They have no advantage, 1-1 is not a bad result because everything is still open and we can score more than one goal there.”
United’s Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea was forced to make a string of excellent saves as Real mustered 28 attempts on goal to United’s 13.
Mourinho accused opposite number Sir Alex Ferguson of abandoning United’s traditional emphasis on attack in favour of an ultra-defensive strategy designed to frustrate the hosts.
“They changed the way they played,” he added. “They didn’t put a foot outside their own half. They were waiting for a set piece or a chance on the counter attack. They had two big chances in the second half, but they were out of context because we were chasing forwards.”