Real Madrid CF coach José Mourinho is already looking forward to a semi-final with FC Bayern München after ending APOEL FC's remarkable campaign with an 8-2 aggregate win.
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José Mourinho, Madrid coach
We knew it would be almost impossible for APOEL to come here and beat us 4-1 to go through so it wasn't easy to motivate the boys because everything was under control, but we did our job. I was able to give some players with a lot of miles in their legs a rest. The objective was to win the match and be in the semi-final, and we did both things.
I'm satisfied with the team's progress in the Champions League over the past two years. When I got here the team was enduring a dark period in European competition. There were players who had not played in the quarter and semi-finals for a while, and some who never had. Now we've had two consecutive seasons in the semi-finals.
We are all working well. The important thing was to win the match as the tie was under control, and it gave us the opportunity to try things out. I am not pleased with the two goals conceded, but you cannot criticise my players. It is normal in a game such as this, with lower intensity.
APOEL have done great in this tournament and leave happy with their two goals tonight. Cristiano Ronaldo always works hard for the team, he is not selfish and he always wants to play. I'm happy for Kaká, and also with Ángel Di María and José Callejón. I'm happy for everyone. Bayern will be a great semi-final. FC Barcelona will play in the final, while the tie between Real Madrid and Bayern München will be more even.
Ivan Jovanović, APOEL coach
The tie was effectively decided in Nicosia. Tonight we wanted to play well even though it is hard to play here against such a great side. We needed a bit of time to adapt tonight and find our rhythm but I believe everyone who watched the game would have enjoyed it in the end – there were seven goals and many more chances.
We wanted to play better than we did in the first game. Madrid punish the slightest mistake, which was why we were so tentative in the first half. The second half pleased everyone because we played better, scoring two goals and creating more chances.
It was a pleasure to play here, in such a game. It is a crowning moment for all of us and the score is not so important because we should look back at the whole campaign with pride. We gained some great experience from these two games and that experience will help the club, the players and myself for the future.