LONDON - Even if Tottenham Hotspur score
five goals, that will not be enough for them to knock out Real
Madrid and reach the semi-finals of the Champions League, Real
manager Jose Mourinho said on Tuesday.
Mourinho, speaking at a news conference at White Hart Lane
before Real protect their 4-0 first leg advantage on Wednesday,
said his team were coming to "finish the job" and would be
looking to win rather than defend their comfortable lead.
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No team has ever overturned a 4-0 first leg deficit to
advance in any European competition and Mourinho is not about to
let his side become the first to suffer such an unlikely fate.
"We have to respect Tottenham and we have to respect
football," Mourinho told a packed suite at the stadium,
"because football sometimes can betray you and we cannot give
them the chance of doing that.
"That's why we are coming here to play seriously, especially
for me and people like Xabi (Alonso) who know the mentality of
English stadiums and English supporters, English teams. They
will try everything.
"Harry Redknapp (Tottenham's manager) is a good friend of
mine and if I put myself in Harry's position, imagine we had
lost 4-0 here and we go to Madrid for the second leg, I wouldn't
throw in the towel. I would do everything with my players to try
and get a miracle.
"The only thing I say is we have to respect our opponents.
"We have to play seriously, but at the same time I don't
think five goals will be enough for Tottenham to beat us,
because I think we are coming here to score goals."
Real are bidding to lift the European Cup for a
record-extending 10th time but Mourinho refused to talk about
the likely prospect of facing Barcelona in the semi-final, and
instead concentrated on Wednesday's game.
"Playing Barcelona means nothing to me now, it is all about
tomorrow's game and I will pick my best side for the match.
"I think that some of the players find themselves in a
slightly complicated, tough situation - a delicate situation.
"The players need to be intelligent, they need to be bright,
they need to be aware. They know what their own situation is.
"I think we have to respect the opponent, we know there is
quite a difference in the scoreline, but we still have a job to
finish tomorrow night."
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