Spanish Primera Liga

Mourinho: I'm real deal, not Harry Potter

September 1, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Jose Mourinho insists he is the right man to win silverware with Real Madrid but has warned the clubs fans to be patient as he is "not Harry Potter".

Jose Mourinho looks on as Real Madrid are held to a draw
GettyImagesJose Mourinho's first match in charge of Real Madrid was more inauspicious than 'special'

Mourinho's first Primera Division game in charge of Madrid ended in a dull goalless draw at Real Mallorca, but the coach believes his team, including new men such as Ricardo Carvalho, Angel Di Maria and Mesut Ozil, just need time to gel.

"Look, I'm a coach, I'm not Harry Potter," he told Spanish daily AS. "He is magical, but in reality there is no magic. Magic is fiction and football is real. Do you know how many training sessions we have had together, including the new signings? Not ten. I repeat: not ten."

The players are still adapting to a new style of play, according to Mourinho.

"The easiest thing for me would have been not to change anything," he said, "to play like we played last year and keep the structure that already existed. That would have been easier to start the season, but it would have been misleading. That's not the direction that I want to go."

Mourinho insists he is not overly concerned by the opening draw.

"I'll say one thing for the superstitious. My seasons at Porto and Inter always started with a draw. In Porto we then won four titles and at Inter we got two in the first season and three titles in the second. I do not see a draw as a drama on the first day.

Mourinho left new signings Ozil and fellow German Sami Khedira on the bench at Mallorca. And he explained he wanted to give the pair time to settle into a new culture.

"It's not easy for the Germans," he said. "They do not speak a word of Spanish. They can just say 'buenos dias' and 'hola'.

"The work we do is intense and luckily I have an assistant who speaks some German and has given them my instructions. But it's not easy for my message to get across as I wish. In addition, the social life of the group is still zero for them. Patience. Give them time."