The Portuguese trainer has stressed that the Spanish champion does not suffer from a mentality issue ahead of the match against Borussia Dortmund.
The Santiago Bernabeu side has won only one out of its last 23 competitive games on German soil, but the former Inter coach believes the club's poor record is a result of opponents' quality rather than a mental block.
"The reason Madrid have not thrived historically in Germany is down to the quality of the opposition. If they did not come from a country with a strong footballing tradition, it would be different," he stated at a press conference. "I saw that last season when we lost the semifinal 2-1 at Bayern, but this record will not have a psychological impact.
"It is always a difficult task here in Germany, as they have strong teams with ambitions similar to our own. That's how things are: German teams are always strong. We know how dynamic they are, how gifted and how quickly they play, but they do have little weaknesses which we plan to exploit. We are not that worried about individual players, even though we know they have lots of good ones."
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