Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho was delighted with the late comeback win over Manchester City on Tuesday.
Real scored twice in the last three minutes through Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo to snatch three points from the jaws of defeat in a 3-2 triumph in their Champions League clash at the Santiago Bernabeu.
“It’s good because the DNA of my team is back,” Mourinho told ITV.
“Real Madrid can lose matches, Mourinho can lose matches, my players can lose matches, and we can lose matches like tonight.
“We could lose and I would be proud, but we cannot lose matches like we did in Sevilla and Getafe and my happiness is not just about the three points, it is about the DNA of my team being back.”
After speaking negatively of his team’s performances in La Liga, Mourinho was glad to announce that his players had shown their worth.
“They’ve proved to me that if they want, they can. If they want to be top professionals and if they want to respect Real Madrid’s history, every match, not just against City or against Barcelona, every single match they can do it because last season they proved it.
“If I am the coach of a small team I can lose more times but as the coach of Real Madrid I cannot accept that. I’m so happy with the players’ attitudes, because it’s a big victory against a big team. That’s football and we deserve to win. If I feel we don’t, I would feel a bit more for them but we produced a better match than them.
“We tried to win from the first minute and I think we deserved it.”
Meanwhile, City manager Roberto Mancini could not hide his disappointment.
“We are disappointed. In the first half we did not play well but in the second half we did and when you score two goals here and go 2-1 up, you should pay more attention,” Mancini said.
“I do not want us to continue to defend like this. When it was 2-1 we should have continued to play high like we did in the second half.”
Mancini refused to make excuses for the late capitulation.
“We cannot continue to talk about (a lack of) experience, we have good players playing in their national teams and playing a lot of games,” he said.
“I am happy with our performance in second half, and the way we improved, but we should be disappointed as we lost the points.
“I think the other teams will lose here. We have five games left and it is important we beat Dortmund at home next.
“It will be difficult as they are a top team but this year we want to go through.”