Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho said he is still hopeful of replicating his 2012 achievements in 2013.
The Portuguese manager’s club saw off Barcelona to see the 49-year-old to his first La Liga title last season, but after making the perfect start to the year, they crawled into the New Year with little momentum in defence of their crown.
Real have endured a disastrous first half of the campaign to trail Barcelona by 16 points through 17 games – but Mourinho is remaining optimistic despite the dismal start.
“I hope that my wife and I remain healthy and continue watching our children grow, because they are our life,” he told Marca.com.
“In football, I hope to remain happy in myself, working hard so that 2013 gives us as much happiness as 2012 did.”
Mourinho will return to the Madrid dugout next Sunday when his side take on Real Sociedad.