Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho insists he is not worried about his side’s lack of goals so far this season, warning upcoming opponents that a thrashing is in the pipeline.
Madrid have shown gradual improvement in front of goal in Mourinho’s three matches in charge, drawing 0-0 with Real Mallorca in their first match of the season, then downing Osasuna 1-0 at the weekend before last night beating Ajax 2-0 in their Champions League opener.
However, Madrid really should have netted a hatful against the Dutch side after creating a host of chances and launching shot after shot at Ajax goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, who was busy throughout the game.
Mourinho was unconcerned though, saying: “We played very well, we pressed a lot and didn’t let them play how they wanted to. One day some poor team will pay for all these chances we’ve missed.
“If we only had two shots I would worry, or if (goalkeeper Iker) Casillas was our best player. Down the years, in some of Real Madrid’s games Casillas has been the best, and now in the last three matches Casillas has not touched the ball.
“Maybe my strikers were not so clinical in front of goal. We’ve lost some efficiency in front of goal but we’ve gained a lot because we completely dominated the match.”
Madrid took the lead in the 31st minute when the ball ended up in the back of the net as Ajax defender Vurnon Anita and home striker Gonzalo Higuain challenged for Xabi Alonso’s corner.
Higuain, Madrid’s leading goalscorer for the last two seasons, then doubled his side’s advantage in the 73rd minute for his opening goal of the season.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who like Higuain and Angel Di Maria should probably have netted at least a couple, is yet to get off the mark this season but Mourinho is not dwelling on that.
“I’m not worried because Cristiano hasn’t scored. He worked very well and could score a couple in any game. Many coaches would love to have this attack. The goals are going to come,” added the Portuguese coach.
“The best player from Osasuna and from Mallorca was the goalkeeper. Here the goalkeeper from Ajax has done very well.”
In response to Ajax coach Martin Jol’s remark that it was a match of “men against boys” in favour of the Spanish giants, Mourinho said: “It was boys against boys because we have a group of boys, leaving aside Ricardo Carvalho, Iker and Alonso.”