Mourinho: Impossible for Real Madrid to improve
The Bernabeu is ready for a party this evening as Real Madrid aim for more records against Real Mallorca, before captain Iker Casillas receives the La Liga trophy.
Jose Mourinho’s side have already smashed through the previous mark for most goals (107) and three more points will make them the first side ever to reach 100 in a Primera Division season.
But visitors Mallorca will be aiming to spoil the fun, as they remain in the hunt for an unlikely Europa League qualification place.
In his pre-match press conference, a relaxed Mourinho said the statistics showed his side had improved immensely to secure a first title in four seasons. “We have played at a great level and have broken records,” said Mourinho.
“We have won the most important trophy which you get after 11 months and 38 games, playing spectacular football with figures which are impossible to better. The season has been nine out of 10 - the team in general nine, the coaching staff nine and some players have been 10 out of 10.”
Mourinho, flanked by his four assistants (Aitor Karanka, Rui Faria, Morais and Silvino Louro), dedicated a song in Portuguese to a surprised looking Karanka and also said the group had already begun planning for next season, and a better European campaign.
“Next season it will be impossible to improve our figures,” he said. “We do not want to change our style, as it is impossible to improve. We can only add a few things so that the team is stronger. We need to work on a psychological level, to maintain our levels of consistency and ambition. To improve in the Champions League is not easy, but it is possible and we will try to make another step forward.
He added: "We do not want or need a new squad. We just want a few players to complete the group. We will do that without pressure over the coming months.”
The game could also be a send-off for Adan, Raul Albiol, Lass Diarra, Hamit Altintop, Nuri Sahin, Kaka and Gonzalo Higuain, at least some of whom will leave this summer.
Mourinho said Higuain – heavily linked with Paris St-Germain – had Real Madrid “in his heart” and would only leave for €150 million (Dh711.7m), but was less certain when speaking about Kaka’s future and hinted veteran defender Carvalho and reserve goalkeeper Adán would move on.
Mallorca centre-half Ivan Ramis, who missed his side’s 1-0 win over Levante through suspension, should return, while Joaquin Caparros could bring Pau Cendros in at right-back for the injured Emilio Nsue.