Mourinho planning for Barca

Oleh: admin
April 17, 2011

Jose-Mourinho

The Real Madrid boss is closing in a third European crown, having previously claimed the prize with Porto and Inter Milan.

He helped to move his current employers into the last-four of this season’s competition on Wednesday after wrapping up a 5-0 aggregate victory over Tottenham.

Real know that a tie with arch-rivals Barcelona awaits them in the semi-finals, and Mourinho has previous when it comes to the Catalan giants.

He has locked horns with Barca on numerous occasions down the years and claims luck is rarely on his side, with it having become something of a tradition for his team to have a player sent off.

Preparations

“I have to train with ten men, how to play with ten men,” Mourinho told Sky Sports on his plans for a meeting with Pep Guardiola’s tournament favourites.

“I go there with Chelsea, I finish with ten. I go there with Inter, I finish with ten. I have to train to play with ten men because it can happen again.”

Mourinho was happy to see Real finish the job off against Spurs in midweek, with most of the hard work having been completed during a rousing 4-0 first leg victory.

On Wednesday’s showdown at White Hart Lane, which his side won courtesy of a Cristiano Ronaldo strike which slipped through Heurelho Gomes’ grasp, he said: “It was difficult. If they had scored in the first-half, it would have been even more difficult.

“They played with a lot of pride, with great motivation and the public were fantastic in getting behind them. They gave us a very difficult match.

“Probably the result shouldn’t have been our victory, I think a draw would have been fair and a good bonus for them after what they gave. It was difficult, but of course I am happy to be in the semis.”

Respect

Manchester United and Schalke will make up the other semi-final and Mourinho admits he would relish the opportunity to test himself against Sir Alex Ferguson at Wembley.

“I expect Man U to be there, yes,” he said.

“They are the better team. They have a different stature than Schalke at this level. But football is football and Sir Alex will tell his players that you have to respect opponents, even if you know that you are the best team.

“I hope Man United is at Wembley and if it is Man U against Real, that would be the perfect final for me.”

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