Jose Mourinho is back in the city of Milan where he carved out a brief dynasty with Inter during his two year stint.
Now with the giants of Spanish football Real Madrid, the ‘special-one’ is preparing his players for a tantalising battle with his former employers most bitterest rivals Milan as he looks to mastermind a consecutive victory over the Rossoneri – following a 2-0 victory two weeks prior back in Spain.
Milan have been reeling after their home defeat to Juventus at the weekend which also saw a despondent Silvio Berlusconi refuse to reveal his feelings as he was left with a bitter after taste following the games proceedings.
Mourinho realises his team face a tough task to overhaul the Milanese giants but indicates his players must think primarily about themselves in order to construct a victory – rather than worrying about the form of their opponents.
“We are not concerned with assessing their form or if they are stronger, we must think of ourselves.” Said the Los Blancos coach.
“A top team loses once; it’s hard to lose twice. So we will see a stronger Milan than last Saturday – and with more motivation and more pressure than the first leg with us – but we have to do business, historically Real Madrid has always had trouble winning here because it is a very difficult field”
The former Nerazzurri coach also commented on his feelings towards those who adorn the red and black of Milan. Although he was masterminding an array of success at Inter he believes there is a clear respect between himself and those affiliated with Milan. He also stated he will not do anything to antagonise those in the San Siro tonight.
“The Inter fans have to thank me, but I have to do the same with them. Here I had a wonderful time and I worked two years very well. I hope in future to have the good fortune to play here against Inter, because I want to find a stadium full of integers, while tomorrow will be filled with Milan fans.”
“With the Rossoneri fans it is obvious that the relationship has been difficult because there is always a great rivalry. But there was mutual respect, especially with players, staff and directors of Milan. So I’m not going to play the enemy, but it is obvious that our paths in the last two years have been very different.”
Real can seal their qualification to the last-sixteen with a victory as Milan look to put last weekend’s misery behind them with an exceptional display. A victory for il Diavolo will put pressure back on The Whites and their aspirations in the competition back on track.