The Straits Times
Published on Oct 16, 2012

Real's motivator Jose Mourinho happy to court unpopularity


MADRID (AFP) - Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho said on Monday he was happy to take flak if it means he has managed to motivate his players rather than sit back and enjoy cordial relations with them.

"As a coach I prefer to draw criticism for my aggressive style in a press conference because I try to play on the hurt pride of my players rather than to be politically correct and continue to lose," said Mourinho, who is determined to knock leaders Barcelona off their perch in La Liga but also deliver European glory.

Real have made a slow start to the league campaign and fine themselves eight points adrift of Barca after two early defeats.

But he feels that their last-gasp Champions League pool win over Manchester City and a draw at the Nou Camp has indicated that things are looking up.