Real Madrid's Jose Mourinho relishing London return against Tottenham in Champions League

Former Chelsea boss looking forward to quarter-final
Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has said that he is relishing a return to London after the Champions League quarter-final draw paired the Spanish giants with Tottenham.

The former Chelsea coach told the press: "I am very happy to be playing against Tottenham and to head back to London to play in an English stadium.

"I am not happy because the game will be easy, but because I will return to London. However, playing Tottenham or Shakhtar Donetsk, it would have been the same for us."

If Real Madrid beat the English side, and Barcelona get past Shakhtar, a Clasico semi-final will ensue, but the coach kept thoughts focused on Saturday's derby game with Atletico Madrid.

"It would have been better if the derby was on Sunday," he said, while hinting Cristiano Ronaldo may not feature in the encounter.

"He played 70 minutes against Lyon, and it would have been better to play on Sunday. He won't be in the best condition, and it could be risky to play him.

"We have to consider he will be playing for Portugal, and so the medics will decide."

Mourinho also heaped praise on Karim Benzema, who is showing some good goalscoring form at the right time of the season.

"It's a big pleasure seeing Benzema playing as he is at the moment," he continued.

"As for Atletico, there are no favourites in the derby. We will give all we can against them and we will see what happens. We have to balance strength, motivation and quality."

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