The draws for the quarterfinal of the Champions
League hold today in Nyon with Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho hoping to avoid former clubs Inter Milan and Chelsea after helping the Spanish giants end their miserable run of exits at the last-16 stage.
Madrid had been dumped out at the first knockout round in each of the last six seasons, but the nine-time winners finally got that monkey off their back by getting past Lyon – their conquerors last season.
“I prefer to avoid Inter and Chelsea because, emotionally, it’s difficult to play against ex-teams,” he said. “If we get them, we get them.”
We’re professionals. If I have to face those who were my people, I will do it, but I will be obliged to prepare myself more psychologically than against other teams that aren’t in my heart.”
Having drawn the first leg 1-1 in France, Madrid completed a 4-1 aggregate victory thanks to goals from Marcelo, Karim Benzema and Angel Di Maria in Wednesday night’s second leg at the Bernabeu.
Mourinho, looking to win the Champions League with a third club, was pleased with his team’s performance but played down the fact Madrid had finally reached the last eight after years of disappointment.