Mourinho accepts ‘big challenge’ at Real

MADRID - Jose Mourinho said he was prepared for a “big challenge” after being unveiled as Real Madrid’s new coach on Monday.

By (Reuters)

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Published: Mon 31 May 2010, 6:31 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:28 AM

The Portuguese signed a four-year contract with the Spanish giants following his move from European champions Inter Milan.

“I like to give myself a challenge and this is a big one,” Mourinho told a news conference at the Bernabeu Stadium. “I have a lot of confidence in myself and my ability as a coach.

“I want to thank the board for hiring me and I promise I will not change. I am Jose Mourinho and I arrive here with all my qualities and my defects,” Mourinho added.

“The strength of my teams is the team not individual players or the coach. If they all recognise this it will not be difficult to get results.”

Real sporting director Jorge Valdano welcomed Mourinho to the nine-times European champions, who failed to win a trophy last season.

“It’s an honour to have one of the most prestigious coaches in the world,” Valdano said.

“We are delighted to have him here with us. The best thing for our club right now is to have Mourinho with us.”

The 47-year-old Mourinho, former manager of Porto and Chelsea, replaced Manuel Pellegrini who was sacked last week, becoming Real president Florentino Perez’s eighth coach in seven years.



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