Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has claimed that comments he made in his post-match conference after the win at Manchester United have been taken the wrong way.

After seeing his side beat Manchester United 3-2 on aggregate and progress into the quarter-finals of the Champions League, the Portuguese said: "The best team lost."

The reaction to the comments saw many in the UK believe it was a deliberate ploy by Mourinho and believe he is looking down the line for when Sir Alex Ferguson retires.

"There are people who think they can analyse me, get into my head and understand all i do, but they do not know my intention with my comments after the game," he told Real Madrid TV.

"It was hard- and as always, or almost always, there are people who think they know more about my work than I do."

Real Madrid managed to avoid Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the quarter-final draw and will now face Didier Drogba's Galatasaray.

Mourinho claims that the reason for the comments were to inspire his players and for them to remember that much has to be done if they are to win the competition.

"What interested me in that moment was that my team felt they had a lot in front of them, that we had achieved nothing yet," he added.

"Real Madrid can never be happy to reach the quarter-finals. We must always think of going for more."

Mourinho will be looking to win the Champions League for a third time, after being successful for Porto and Inter Milan.

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