MADRID: After breaking Barcelona’s run of three La Liga victories, conquering the Champions League and the Spanish league are the main objectives for Real Madrid in the coming season.
For a club with an almost unhealthy obsession for European football’s premier trophy, anything short of a 10th title will be considered failure, coach Jose Mourinho admitted, while addressing US coaches on the clubs recent tour.
“This season we’ll look to win the Champions League as well as the Spanish League,” said the Portuguese maestro. “We aspire to win the La Liga title and go a step further in the Champions League, where we have fallen in two consecutive years in the semi-finals. We want to do better in Europe.”
But although Mourinho sees both his squad and Barca’s as the best in the world, he believes La Liga will be more of a challenge this coming season. Madrid start their league campaign with a home game against Valencia.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 16th, 2012.