MADRID (Sporting Alert) — Real Madrid Jose Mourinho is set to employ a go for it tactic in tonight’s Champions League semi-final return leg against Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The Spanish La Liga leaders are down 2-1 in the two-way after losing the first leg in Munich last week, but Mourinho was confident his men will get the job done at home.
According to reports the Inter Milan and Porto Champions League winning boss is set to attack the visitors in the opening minutes of the game to the aggregate tying goal out the way from early.
Real Madrid are in confident mood after beating Barcelona at the Camp Nou in the league over the weekend and Mourinho believes his side is playing at a level that merits them a Champions League final slot.
“We want and deserve to reach the final,” the Portuguese coach said. “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 will lets loose his super stars, such as Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil in the must win game, but also warned his players not to be selfish.
He believes that taking one for the team is better than saving yourself for safer outcome.
He said: “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.”
Real Madrid also know that Bayern Munich has players in their ranks, such as Mario Gomez, Franck Ribéry, Philipp Lahm and Arjen Robben, who can damage their trophy hopes and Ronaldo remains cautious about the powerhouse front line.
The forward told Bwin: “The players who play up front concern us most. Gomez is one of the leading goalscorers in the Champions League, and Ribery and Robben are also very dangerous.
“They are very good up front, and at the back as well, but we have to be focused on the four in attack because it is one of them who will make the difference.”