Tottenham v Real Madrid

Mourinho: No England return yet

April 12, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Jose Mourinho insists he won't be returning to England at the end of the season because he is happy at Real Madrid.

Mourinho: No summer return to England
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Despite leading Real to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, Mourinho is under pressure at the Santiago Bernabeu after his side fell eight points behind bitter rivals Barcelona in La Liga.

The Portuguese also suffered the humiliation of seeing his team go down 5-0 to Barcelona in 'El Clasico' in November. Mourinho enjoyed a hugely successful three-year spell with Chelsea, and has never hidden his desire to return to England.

He has been linked with the managerial post at Manchester City and is viewed by some as the natural successor to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. The 48-year-old is in London with Real as they look to go through to the Champions League semi-finals after last week's first leg hammering of Tottenham at the Bernabeu.

He admits that he will return to England one day, but appears intent on seeing out the rest of his contract with Real Madrid. "My future is Real Madrid because I have a contract and because it looks like the club is happy with my work," Mourinho said.

"My future will be in England, for sure, but my future is after Real Madrid. I have a contract for three more seasons and I hope I will do well enough to deserve to continue here.''

The task that awaits the Portuguese at White Hart Lane is hardly one of the biggest of his career. Emmanuel Adebayor scored twice and Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria were both on target as Real took advantage of Peter Crouch's early dismissal to hammer Harry Redknapp's team 4-0 in Spain last Tuesday.

Redknapp admitted that his side would need a "miracle'' to knock their Spanish opponents out of the competition, but Mourinho has warned his men that they must not be complacent on Wednesday. "Miracles do happen in football,'' Mourinho said.

"That's why I say we have to respect Tottenham and we have to respect football because football sometimes can betray you and you cannot give them the chance of doing that.

"We are coming here to play seriously. People like Xabi (Alonso) and I know the mentality of English stadiums, their supporters and their teams. They will give everything. If I put myself in Harry's position, I wouldn't throw in the towel. I would do everything I could with my players to try to get the miracle.''

To further prove that he and his side will not treat the game as a dead-rubber, Mourinho said he was not planning to rest any of the five players who are carrying yellow cards in Wednesday's game.

"I am going to pick the best team possible that I think is going to get the best result against Tottenham tomorrow night," he said, meaning that Ronaldo, Di Maria and Sergio Ramos are likely to start despite being one card away from missing the first leg of a probable semi-final against Barcelona.

Spurs star Gareth Bale warned Real after last week's defeat that his team would not "take another beating", but Real are big favourites to qualify after last week's result.

Madrid have scored 23 goals in this year's competition - more than any other team - and Mourinho sounded an ominous warning to Spurs that his team are more than capable of scoring the one goal that would effectively kill off the tie.

"I don't think five goals will be enough for Tottenham to beat us because we have come here to score goals,'' he said.

Karim Benzema missed the first leg of the tie with a hamstring injury but has travelled with the squad and could play some part. Defender Pepe is suspended for the match and former Chelsea midfielder Lassana Diarra will is unavailable because of a hip problem.