Real wants to tame “bestia negra” – mourinho relaxed

Real wants to tame 'bestia negra' - mourinho relaxed

"Cristiano ronaldo and ozil have opened their wings, a lot of good things will happen with them," the argentine soccer icon announced for the madrilenians’ appearance in the semifinal first leg at the german record champion.

Backed up by his national team colleague sami khedira, ozil is to be the "engine of madrid" ("marca"), directing the offensive machine with the same filigree as in the last 3:1 against sporting gijon. Coach jose mourinho, however, made a secret of his lineup after arriving in munich. At least he praised ozil across the board for his positive development in madrid: "he’s a better player today than he was two years ago when he arrived at real. He can give something to the team."

Although real set the league record with 107 goals before the end of the season and plowed through europe unbeaten with the outstanding ronaldo (53 mandatory goals), there is respect for the "bestia negra". Out of 18 games in the royal league, the royals won only six against the munich team, which was furrowed as a black beast, out of nine comparisons in munich they lost eight, won none. "Bayern prepares the holle for real madrid," warned the sports paper "marca". Mourinho, however, waved off the black series bored: "these are historical numbers that have no meaning."

He didn’t want to hear anything about a "bayern complex", rather the portuguese trusts in the strengths of his star ensemble. "Real is a team that always plays to win, that wants to produce a spectacle. We want to turn the good things we do into titles," said mourinho.

As usual, there was no sign of a fight from ex-bremer ozil before the showdown with his former bundesliga rival. As with his promotion to schalke, werder and the german team, he hardly seeks the spotlight in his new home away from the pitch and fluctuates between the extremes in the public’s assessment.

While defensive anchorman khedira has also come in for criticism in the media on several occasions for his effective but inconspicuous style of play, DFB colleague philipp lahm rates their development as "very, very positive. They changed to take a step forward, and they succeeded," was the verdict of the bayern captain on monday, around 31 hours before kick-off. "They are an integral part of a team that is at the top in spain."In contrast, only the role of spectator remains in rough games for former bavarian hamit altintop and ex-dortmund player nuri sahin.

Even though munich coach jupp heynckes is not the only one to stress that real "is not just mesut ozil," the 23-year-old stands out from the bundesliga quartet. With more than 80 assists and 15 assists, he has even risen to become the top player in the primera division in spain. "I’ve matured a lot, i’ve developed," ozil himself stated recently.

Ozil’s congenial attacking partner cristiano ronaldo, who will now also have to put his acquired soccer wisdom to the test, will particularly benefit from his assistance. The former ego gambler no longer seems to be solely interested in showcasing his own skills, despite his goal scoring record of 41 league goals. "Records are not what i want," the portuguese announced ahead of the european cup classic against munchen and is aiming for a return to the allianz arena for the final match on 19. May an: "i want to win the championship and the champions league. This is my goal."

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