Real Madrid’s recent La Liga success in beating Barcelona 2-1 at Camp Nou notably give a strong sense of confidence for Jose Mourinho’s side ahead of their upcoming Champions League’s second tie against Bayern.
Mourinho himself stated that considering his squad’s performance this season, getting into the final would be something they deserved and obviously will target after already looking home and dry in clinging the league title.
The Portuguese tactician revealed that his players are mentally ready to face Bayern on Wednesday adding that they already prepared some ideas that will be used in breaking the Bavarians down at Santiago Bernebau. Mourinho also believes that the German won’t be trying to defend a lot as the 2-1 margin will simply forced Juup Heynckes side to try in getting an away goal in Madrid, which is something possible actually considering the attacking force that the Bundesliga representative possessed.
“We want and deserve to reach the final. We are close to reaching the most important final in football at club level. My men are calm and we’re in perfect form to play the game. We’re neither too excited nor too relaxed,” Mourinho said. “We will fully showcase our ideas tomorrow and we know what we must do. We also know what Bayern will try to do. They know they’ll be eliminated in theory if they don’t score because they know our potential will give us a strike of our own at least.”
Although having a pretty strong confidence over his team’s chances, Mourinho warned his players not to be selfish on the game as it could jeopardize their effort in turning the tie around. The former Inter Milan tactician insisted that team work is much more important in such an important game, so there are no room for individual acts for any Los Blancos’ stars on Wednesday.
“Players cannot be selfish in a game like tonight’s. They must think the only thing that matters is reaching the final. If they deserve to see a yellow card then so be it; it’s part of this profession. We’ll have a good referee who will use common sense when applying the rules of the game,” Mourinho added.