MADRID: Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho was delighted after his side's comeback against English champions Manchester City in their Champions League clash at Santiago Bernabeu this morning.
Real left it late, scoring twice in the last three minutes of normal time through Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo, to snatch three points from the jaws of defeat in a 3-2 triumph.
"It's good because the DNA of my team is back." Mourinho told ITV.
"Real Madrid can lose matches, Mourinho can lose matches, my players can lose matches, and we can lose matches like tonight.
"We could lose and I would be proud, but we cannot lose matches like we did in Sevilla and Getafe and my happiness is not just about the three points, it is about the DNA of my team being back."
After speaking negatively of his team's performances in Primera Liga, Mourinho was glad to say his players had shown their worth.
"They've proved to me that if they want, they can.
"If they want to be top professionals and if they want to respect Real Madrid's history, every match, not just against City or against Barcelona, every single match they can do it because last season they proved it.
"If I am the coach of a small team I can lose more times but as the coach of Real Madrid I can not accept that. I'm so happy with the players' attitudes, because it's a big victory against a big team.
"That's football and we deserve to win. If I feel we don't, I would feel a bit more for them but we produced a better match than them.
"We tried to win from the first minute and I think we deserved it."
City boss Roberto Mancini believes his side's deep defensive line in the closing minutes was to blame for their defeat
"We are so disappointed because when you are winning 2-1 with five minutes to go in the Bernabeu, you think maybe that you can't lose, but this is football," the Italian told Sky Sports.
"We didn't lose concentration, we went too deep with the team and this is the only mistake.
"I think that we went too deep throughout the team and we conceded more space for them and I think that this was a mistake.
"At the moment we are disappointed but I think that everything will help us to be stronger in the future."
Mancini also believed his side suffered from bad fortune during the game in the form of injuries to two of his players, which in turn affected his ability to make tactical changes.
"I think we were also unlucky because we lost two players Samir Nasri and Maicon (through injuries)."