By Chris Wright
Jose Potter and the Wizzigoggle from Mooglepipe
Despite mounting speculation to the contrary, Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has once again refuted claims that he is child magician Harry Potter.
Speaking after his sides’ opening-day goalless stalemate with Real Mallorca (a result that can best be described as ‘underwhelming’, given the preceding fanfare), Mourinho urged the Real fans to remain patient and allow his new squad time to gel;
“Look, I’m a coach, I’m not Harry Potter. He is magical, but in reality there is no magic. Magic is fiction and football is real.
Mourinho has already added Ricardo Carvalho , Mesut Ozil , Sami Khedira and Angel Di Maria to his ranks during his short stint in charge at the Bernabeu, and believes that the entire squad need to get used to training together before results start to show on the pitch;
“I have been in Madrid a couple of months and we’ve had 40 training sessions. Do you know how many training sessions we have had together, including the new signings? Not 10. I repeat: not 10.
The easiest thing for me would have been not to change anything,” he said, “to play like we played last year and keep the structure that already existed. That would have been