Ahead of this weekend’s trip to Malaga, Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has been criticised by Barcelona full-back Dani Alves for ‘always trying to take merit away from others’.
Following Barcelona’s 2-0 victory over Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League during the week, Mourinho joked that he had to look up the teams Pep Guardiola’s men were playing on the internet, undermining Barca’s victory in the process.
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Referring to this, Alves said: “We know what he is like. He is always trying to take merit away from others. We will just get on with our work and don’t want to get involved with any of that.”
“We’re inferior in that respect and we like to do our talking where we do it best – on the pitch.”
As for matters on the pitch, Mourinho’s men go into this weekend’s clash with Malaga sitting a point behind league leaders Barcelona. Madrid are 3rd as things stand having recorded 16 points from their opening seven games.
Following Alves’ comments, Mourinho will be hoping that his team do indeed do their talking on the pitch this weekend as they aim for their sixth victory in succession across all competitions.
The Bernabéu outfit have certainly found their form in recent weeks, especially in front of goal. They have managed 21 goals in their last five fixtures and will be in excellent spirits to add to this significantly against Malaga.
As for the hosts, they sit three points and three places adrift of Madrid in sixth position after their unbeaten start came to an end last time out against high-flying Levante.
Malaga – who spent big in the summer to improve their squad – will be confident of taking the game to Madrid though, even if it does ultimately end in defeat.
This one gets underway at 7pm this evening with Madrid hoping to avoid any slip ups against a more than capable Malaga side looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the season.