After the 3-0 victory in Nicosia last week, Real can, barring a miracle, almost certainly look forward to a semi-final place.

Jose Mourinho

“Few people think that APOEL can win 4-0 here but we must respect our public and our rivals,” Mourinho said.  “I will therefore make very few changes and we will go out there with a very strong team.”

The decision might surprise even the most hardened Real fan, given the team’s busy end-of-season run-in in their ambitious bid for a La Liga/Champions League double.