MADRID, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) — Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho said this Saturday that he wanted his players to show a better level of concentration when they visit Levante on Sunday evening.
Although Madrid have won their last two games, against Getafe and Dynamo Zagreb, neither of their performances were convincing and the Madrid coach wants his side to improve when they visit a ground where they dropped two points last season.
"The team has had some ups and downs in concentration," he said. "That has meant we have been less compact in defense. Our defense has been a long way back, while the attack has pushed forward. We left a lot of space against Getafe, who had a lot of space and caused us problems," added Mourinho, who remembered last season’ s 0-0 draw away to Levante.
"If we continue as he have played, we can win tomorrow (Sunday). It will be a difficult game and we didn’ t win there. They defend a lot and they defend well and also they are at home and there is nothing in the rules to stop them letting the grass grow a bit long or not watering the pitch. We will have to play well to win the match," he assured.
Mourinho also commented ironically that his side’ s ambition was to avoid relegation to the second division.
"If we do that quickly, we will be able to then think about other ambitions. We have six points at the moment and there are still a lot to pick up," he commented
Cristiano Ronaldo is still a doubt after picking up a cut on his ankle in Zagreb, but Mourinho was unwilling to say whether or not he would play against Levante, or whether or not he believed Ronaldo receives enough protection from referees.
"I won’t say anything until my suspension from UEFA is over," said Mourinho.