The Real Madrid manager José Mourinho has said that he is expecting a tough time from the fans when his team take on arch rivals Athletico Madrid at the Santiago Bernebeu this weekend. It will be an extremely crucial match because Real Madrid come into this encounter on a bad run of form, while they their opposition are experiencing some of the best football in recent times. The presence of the Colombian striker Falcao has really changed the outlook of the team, as they are now regarded as a title challenge alongside Barcelona. They are just three points behind Barcelona in the table, while they are a massive eight points ahead of Real Madrid.

José Mourinho was whistled by section of supporters in the recent match against Alcoyano, as his team has fallen 11 points behind Barcelona in the table. As a result, many supporters have lost the hope of retaining the title this season. This poor run of form is not going to help the team when they take on Athletico Madrid, as the manager Mourinho expects a hostile reception from the fans. He has said that he will have no issues about accepting the criticism from the fans because he has become used to getting criticised by a lot of people.

“I have been in the game long enough for it not to affect me. I hope that the fans support the team and help them win the game. If people want to boo me, I will be out there at 21:20 (it is a 22:00 kickoff) if people want to boo me, I’ll be there and I will accept calmly and with humility. It seems it has become a national pastime to criticise me. I accept that because I make people happy. This is a game to enjoy,” said Mourinho.