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Mourinho defends Lopetegui: "I left Inter to join Real Madrid..."

Mourinho defends Lopetegui: "I left Inter to join Real Madrid..."

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Mou: "I don’t think I was any less professional for doing that; I wish him the best of luck. I’ve known him for 21 years, he’s a great guy and a great coach".

José Mourinho says he can identify with the pressure that Julen Lopetegui is under after quitting the Spain job to take the reins at Real Madrid. Mou, whose Manchester United beat Madrid 2-1 in Miami earlier today, said he too dropped everything to move to the Spanish capital when Los Blancos came calling and is confident that Lopetegui will succeed at the Bernabéu.

Early days for Real Madrid and United

What did you make of Real Madrid in the game? "This wasn't the real Real Madrid in the same way that this wasn't my Manchester United; they were without a lot of players, including a World champion, Raphaël Varane... They fielded a lot of Castilla players. They're still not at the point where you can evaluate them as a team".

Cristiano: "It's obvious that Madrid are going to miss him, but Real Madrid is bigger than any one player".

Long friendship

Lopetegui: "I wish him the best of luck. I’ve known him for 21 years, he’s a great guy and a great coach".

Lopetegui leaving the Spain job to become Real Madrid's coach: "When I signed for Madrid, I was still at Inter and we'd just won the Champions League. I don't think I was any less professional for doing that".

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