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Mourinho admits Real fear over Tottenham clash

JOSE MOURINHO has admitted there is fear in Madrid over tomorrow night's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Tottenham, conceding that a goalless draw "would be a good result".

Even with the nine-time European Cup winners at home against Spurs, concerns over the form of his Real Madrid side, and fitness of players, particularly Cristiano Ronaldo, have forced the Portuguese coach into a defensive stance.

Real Madrid lost 1-0 at home to Sporting Gijon on Saturday, slipping eight points behind Barcelona in a title race that looks beyond them. It was the first time Mourinho has lost a home league match since 2002.

He acknowledged that his approach in the Bernabeu Stadium in tomorrow's game would be shaped by Tottenham's tactics, and that should he include Ronaldo it would be a risk.


"We will have to see what direction they take," said Mourinho.

"We will have to analyse it during the game. Against Tottenham you have to analyse it minute by minute and see if with the players we have got on the pitch we can kill the game off or leave it open.

"A 0-0 at home in the first game is good in the Champions League. I will talk with the injured players and decide whether or not we risk them."

Ronaldo will be named in the Madrid squad and is expected to start. Left-back Marcelo also has a chance of being named in the line-up but striker Karim Benzema looks doubtful after Mourinho said he might not even be fit for this coming weekend.

Emmanuel Adebayor acknowledged that Tottenham would be difficult opponents, having played against them for Manchester City in August.

"I had a chance to play them at Tottenham in the first game," he said, "and with the way they were playing I told everyone in the dressing room 'Tottenham this season are going to be fantastic'.


"I saw the team spirit that day -- a team that wants to play for each other. You could see in the first match. You can see them shouting, urging each other on, the anger in their faces."

Adebayor added: "You can see that they really want to be successful this season so we have to do everything we can to stop that."