Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho purred over his side’s 2-0 win over Champions League Group G opponents Ajax.
Real got the three points at the Bernabeu thanks to goals from Gonzalo Higuain, but the 2-0 scoreline flattered the visitors as Mourinho’s men dominated the match and should have scored more.
“The goals will come. Some team is going to pay heavily for this lack of scoring and the scoreline is going to be huge. The best player in both the Osasuna and Mallorca match was the keeper. Today Ajax’s keeper was very good,” Mourinho told reporters at a post-match press conference.
“We played well. We pressured a lot and in a very advanced position
“We didn’t allow Ajax to play, and they are used to controlling the ball on an open pitch. The team’s physical and mental strength increases by playing. They need time to adapt to the new playing method. They need time to adapt because we play with a lot of intensity.”
The Special One was also confident star man Cristiano Ronaldo will soon rediscover his goalscoring form after the Portuguese forward failed to net against Ajax despite several chances.
“Cristiano can solve his scoring anxiety by one day not playing so well and scoring two or three goals. This
happens a lot. You play and try your hardest, you build plays, you assist so that the team shines, but you can’t score. It can happen, but the goals will come.”
After the game, Ajax manager Martin Jol admitted that at times during the match “it looked like boys against men” as Madrid “dominated” the game.
Mourinho explains: “We use a system that involves a heavy balance of positions. We have the characteristics for a certain dynamic and it is adapted for such a style because Xabi and Khedira form a false duo in the midfield. Khedira moves out of position a lot and Xabi falls back between the two center-backs to develop plays. The attack isn’t really that either because the dynamic involves a lot of variation.
“Karim Benzema is intelligent and I hope he knows what he has to do to play more. It’s easy. You can see the game very well from the bench… The way the opposing defense moves, the changes in positioning, the aggressiveness… It’s a perfect spot. He will understand sooner or later.”