Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has taunted Roberto Mancini by saying that ‘moneybags’ City simply cannot compare with the might and glory of the Spanish Giants, which is the greatest football club on the planet.
“Real Madrid is Real Madrid, it’s the real thing. A club no football result, no cup competition, no coach, no player can ever change,” The Sun quoted Mourinho, as saying.
“Quite simply Real Madrid is a club like no other. It’s incomparable with any other club in the world. There is no team anywhere that can be compared with Real Madrid. None,” he added.
When the Whites kick off against City in the Bernabeu on Tuesday they will be seeking to become European champions for the Ttenth time.
Their current haul of nine is already a record. In stark contrast City will be striving for their first.
“Remember, I was in Portugal, in England and in Italy before coming here to Madrid, so I know what I am saying. There are great clubs but the pressure and the expectation is the greatest here at Real Madrid,” Mourinho said.
“It is huge but it is an enjoyable pressure, not a suffocating one,” he added.
The Portuguese coach also has the edge over Mancini, the man he replaced at Inter and went on to win an historic treble in 2010: the Champions League, Serie A and Italian Cup.