After seeing his side advance to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho said that he hoped to avoid facing his former clubs Inter Milan and Chelsea due to the emotional difficulty that comes with it.
The Quarter-final draw will take place on Friday, and the eight teams competing for the elite trophy will find out who their opponents are. Mourinho has managed two of the seven opponents Real could face, and after his Wednesday's 3-0 victory over Lyon, Mourinho spoke of the emotional difficulty which comes with facing a former side.
He said, I prefer to avoid Inter and Chelsea because, emotionally, it's difficult to play against ex-teams. 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.''
Mourinho then went on to describe the game, stating that he was happy with his team's performance but down played the hype surrounding their first appearance in the quarter-finals in seven years.
Lyon are a good team, one of the best in this year's Champions League, but we deserved to win. We played a very complete game and we are in the quarter-finals,'' Mourinho said. I'm happy and quite relaxed because it's normal that we've qualified for the quarters. Some day we had to get through - what wasn't normal was Madrid not getting through. Not getting through would have been a failure because Madrid always think about going further than the last 16. We're going in the right direction and the titles are going to arrive.''