MADRID, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- Portuguese central defender Ricardo Carvalho said Monday that he is quickly settling into life at his new club Real Madrid.
Carvalho was a signing that was specifically asked for by Madrid coach Jose Mourinho. The pair have previously worked together at Porto and with Chelsea and Mourinho trusts the 32-year-old's defensive capabilities.
"I feel very good and integrated at Real Madrid. The club is just as I imagined it would be," he commented.
"Mourinho is working very well, he is the best coach in the World and he knows perfectly what has to be done. I have known him for a long time and that is a big help because I know his working methods," Carvalho told sports paper Diario AS.
Despite Mourinho's work, Real Madrid could only start its season with a 0-0 draw away to unfancied Mallorca, Carvalho says he is not too disappointed by the result.
"We created a lot of chances in Mallorca, but we didn't score, but we were very secure in defense and the disappointment was that we were unable to take any of those chances. That is all we were missing in the game."
"The fact that we didn't win the first game of the season is not a reason to get alarmed. Normally we would have scored one or two goals and we would have won," he said.
While Real Madrid could only draw its opening game of the season, it was business as usual for FC Barcelona who won 3-0 away to Racing Santander. That gives the reigning BBVA Primera Liga champions a two point lead over Real Madrid, but Carvalho was keeping calm.
"There is still the entire season ahead of us. It is very early still and there is no reason for that to worry us," he concluded.