Real Madrid assistant coach Aitor Karanka stood in for José Mourinho for the pre-match press conference ahead of Madrid's trip to Real Betis on Saturday.
Karanka denied that Mourinho had a feud with UEFA, after commenting in the press conference after the 1-1 draw with Manchester City that he had not received a plaque from the governing body for managing 100 games in the Champions League.
"Mourinho was not being sarcastic," he said. "He got a call from another coach who had also reached 100 games and he told him he had been given a plaque when he reached 100 games, so Mourinho thought it was a normal occurrence."
Does Mourinho feel stressed out? "The gaffer has been working at this level for many years, both enjoying himself and suffering. He knows how to handle the pressure and he is even more determined to keep winning trophies, and that's why he's here."
The performance of referee Rocchi against Man City: "If UEFA assigned the referee for the game in the knowledge that he had had a problem with Mou then there's nothing we can do about that. As Mou said after the game, the press will evaluate the referee's performance, and that's what you have all done."
Lack of rest for the players: "By playing on Wednesday and playing tomorrow (Saturday) we have a day's less rest than other teams and we'll have to see what condition the players are in. We are weighing up the possibility of making changes depending on how the players' feel."
On the possibility of Hierro re-joining Madrid: "Our friendship is well known but I can't make the decisions and I shouldn't give my opinion on this."
Özil: "It was a tactical and technical decision to leave Özil out against City. We thought that Luka Modric would be able to offer us more in the match."
Real Betis: "They've had a very good season and last year we really had to fight to win there (Madrid won 3-2 at the Benito Villamarín)."
The similarities between Fernando Alonso and Real Madrid: "Great champions like Alonso and Real Madrid never give in"