Jose Mourinho still found time to praise his fallen opposition, Real Zaragoza, despite registering his 100th win as Real Madrid boss on Saturday night.
Goals from Gonzalo Higuain, Angel Di Maria, Michael Essien and Luka Modric may have wrapped up a comfortable 4-0 victory over the Blanquillos but Mourinho managed to stay humble after reaching a significant milestone in his tenure.
He told AS: “I can barely believe that I’ve reached 100 victories. There were a lot of times when I applauded Zaragoza. We were tight in defence but not up front.
“There weren’t that many tricky moments because we managed to stay compact.
“Maybe 3-1 would have been what Zaragoza deserved, but we produced enough chances to win.
“It didn’t take much effort to control the match but we were a
bit apathetic. There are times when it is difficult to stay on top. We have an important game against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.
“The team is doing well, not playing at their best, but doing well.”
Record-breaking Barca beat Celta
Real Madrid beat Zaragoza 4-0 on Saturday but remain eight points behind record breaking Barcelona who earlier won 3-1 against Celta Vigo to go three points ahead of the pack.
Barcelona now have nine wins and a draw which beats their previous record by Louis van Gaal’s 1997-98 side.
The Catalan club also gained a boost when second-placed Atletico Madrid suffered their first defeat of the season as goals from Roberto Soldado and Nelson Valdez gave Valencia a 2-0 win, leaving Barca three points clear.
Ahead of the game Lionel Messi showed off his Golden Boot trophy which he was presented this week after scoring 73 goals last season, while he was also the focus following the birth of his first child Thiago on Friday.