Jose looking to finish job
Jose Mourinho insists Real Madrid will treat their Champions League tie with respect despite a 4-0 lead.
Last Updated: 12/04/11 11:14pm
Jose Mourinho insists Real Madrid will treat their UEFA Champions League tie with respect despite a commanding 4-0 lead over Tottenham after the first leg.
Madrid arrive at White Hart Lane in a comfortable position but Mourinho maintains he will pick a strong side to put the quarter-final tie beyond doubt on Wednesday night.
Despite their advantage on his return to England, the Portuguese coach is keen fir Real to put in a professional performance out of respect for the game.
With a potential semi-final clash against Barcelona on the horizon, Mourinho is under no illusions that his men still have a job to do.
He said: "We have got to look at this game and treat it with respect.
"The players need to be bright, they need to be intelligent they need to be aware. They know what their own situation is.
"We have to respect the opponent. We know that there is quite a difference and scoreline but we still have a job to finish tomorrow night.
"We have to respect football as well and I'm going to pick the team which I think is the best team to get a result for Real Madrid tomorrow night."
Rival boss Harry Redknapp admitted it would take a miracle for his Spurs side to progress to the semi-finals yet refused to give up hope.
Mourinho was quick to agree with his managerial counterpart, but stressed that it was his side's job to ensure that there would be no miracle comeback.
"I agree completely. That's why I say we have to respect Tottenham and football, because sometimes football can betray you," he added.
"We cannot give it the chance to do that. That is why we are coming here to play seriously. We know the mentality of English stadiums, English supporters and teams.
"They will try everything. If I put myself in Harry's position and imagine we lost 4-0 here and we go to Madrid for the second leg, I would not throw in the towel.
"I would try everything with my players to try and start the miracle, but at the same time I do not think five goals is enough for Tottenham to beat us because I think we are coming here to score goals."