Madrid: Jose Mourinho defended Cristiano Ronaldo's form on the eve of Real Madrid's Copa del Rey quarterfinal against Barcelona, describing his performance against Mallorca as his best since the coach's arrival at the club.
Ronaldo has come under criticism after squandering chances in a 3-1 loss to Barcelona last month, but Mourinho said the forward's work ethic in the second half of Saturday's 2-1 win was better than all of his Madrid accomplishments before.
"I've been with Cristiano for more than a year and half and I don't know how many goals he's scored, hat tricks, decisive goals like the winning goal in the cup final. But you know what my favorite Cristiano moment was? The second half against Mallorca, it was his best," Mourinho said on Tuesday, a day before the first-leg match at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.