Jose Mourinho: Reputations Count For Nothing

It was Jose Mourinho 0 Barcelona 1 in Spain as Real Madrid flopped against penniless Mallorca while Pep Guardiola's champions cantered to a 3-0 win.

Asked about already trailing the Champions in the table Mourinho said: "We play Barcelona twice a season not every week and I need to concentrate on what we do, not them. We spent 45 minutes in their half and you can't say that we didn't have chances; we had three or four. One thing is a finished product like Barcelona; another is a team in construction. I don't think this is a drama. Of course I would like us to be ahead of Barcelona, not behind but Mallorca drew - congratulations to them."

Madrid could easily have come away from Mallorca with a point against opposition who spent the summer in administration while Mourinho brought in six new players. Without an heroic tackle from last man Ricardo Carvalho on Fernando Cavenaghi late in the second half it could have been a three point gap that Barcelona opened up with their victory over Racing Santander that came courtesy of goals from Leo Messi, Andres Iniesta and David Villa. Cristiano Ronaldo had Real's best first-half chances, peppering the Mallorca goal with three first half efforts and shooting wide when put through by Karem Benzema late on, but Mourinho will now hope the club change their mind about ignoring his petition for a striker before the transfer window closes on Monday.

Mourinho has told his squad that reputations count for nothing from now on and the first team selection of the new season reflected that. Two big signings - German World Cup stars Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira - were left out and 19-year-old Sergio Canales was picked to start. "The fact that he started the first match reinforces my message to the players that with me in charge it's not the one with the most prestige who plays, or the one who has most status, or the one who cost the most money," said Mourinho. The Special One didn't take the points but he did take all the attention ahead of the big kick-off. When he went for his customary pre-match wander on to the pitch and all the lenses pointed his way ignoring the £200million worth of warming-up to his right.

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