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Every point vital already for Real

Madrid Boss Jose Mourinho says his team can not afford to give any more points away and hope to win La Liga.

Jose Mourinho knows his side can afford no more slip ups.
Jose Mourinho knows his side can afford no more slip ups.
Image: Daniel Ochoa De Olza/AP/Press Association Images

JOSE MOURINHO SAYS Real Madrid cannot afford to give away any more points after their worst start to a league season in more than 10 years.

Real will hope they have turned a corner after tasting victory in their last two outings – a 2-0 victory at Rayo Vallecano and a 3-2 comeback win against Manchester City in the Champions League.

“We’ve given everything we had to give away,” the coach told Maisfutebol.

Real’s next game comes in the form of a home clash with Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday, a team nicknamed ‘the Portuguese’ for their large Seleccao representation.

“Why (are they called the Portuguese)? Are there many (Portuguese players) or do the Portuguese like Depor?,” joked Mourinho, who also said he would “love” to see Deportivo’s Evaldo Fabiano on Sunday, having worked with the left-back at Porto.

“We have to win. We have to find a way to get back-to-back victories and not just (one) isolated win, and that includes beating Deportivo, having done the same with Manchester City and Rayo Vallecano.”

And when quizzed about Barcelona’s Champions League tie with Benfica on Tuesday, Mourinho said: “Jorge Jesus knows how to build a team capable of creating difficulties to Barcelona.”

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