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Football | Spain

Jose Mourinho with Cristiano Ronaldo © Gallo Images

Mourinho and Real on brink of glory



Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho on Tuesday reaffirmed his desire to win the league title in each of Europe's major nations as he stands on the verge of leading Real Madrid to glory in La Liga.

"We still have to win the title, which is the hardest thing to do. But we will do it," said the Portuguese, who has won titles in his homeland with Porto, in England with Chelsea and in Italy with Inter Milan.

"I am not a big man for parties and celebrations, but I have never hidden the fact that one of my objectives was to win the three most important leagues in Europe: England, Italy and Spain."

Mourinho is on the brink of winning La Liga in his second season in Spain.

Real are seven points clear of reigning champions Barcelona with three games remaining, so a win away to Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday night will see them win the title for the first time since 2008.

Facing the Basque side at their San Mames home is never easy, but Mourinho is confident that his side can get the result they need.

"I really like playing in Bilbao. It is a proper football stadium, where the fans get right behind their team and make it very tough for the away side.

"But any team, like mine, that likes football and the pressure that goes with it will enjoy themselves there."

Mourinho has left most of the talking in recent times to his assistant Aitor Karanka but he took the opportunity of this rare appearance in front of the media to give his opinion on the departure of Pep Guardiola from his role as coach of Barcelona.

Guardiola said weariness was one of the main reasons for his decision to leave the Camp Nou after four successful years, and Mourinho could not resist having a little dig at his arch-enemy.

"The most important thing is that he is happy. I have been a coach for the last 12 years without stopping and the only time I feel worn out is in June when I have no games.

"But everyone is different and the most important thing is that he is happy."

The 49-year-old also denied that he is trying to force Zinedine Zidane out of his role as First Team Director of Football, as reported by the Spanish press.

"If you ask me to my face, the answer is simple: it's a lie," Mourinho said to a journalist who had asked if there was any truth to the speculation

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