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Los Blancos secured a welcomed victory over Levante in preparation of their Last 16 tie against French side Lyon.

Real Madrid eased to a 2-0 victory over Levante at the Santiago Bernabeu as goals from Karim Benzema and Ricardo Carvalho continued Jose Mourinho's impressive home record.

The Portuguese coach remains unbeaten at home for the last nine years, taking in spells at Porto, Chelsea, Inter and currently Madrid.

Speaking to the press after the game, Mourinho said, "I liked that my team played a serious match. These games ahead of Champions League matches can be complicated because players may focus more on the European competition. The team played well and was very focused.

"We knew Levante would make it tough. They were organised in defence, but we scored early and had things under control. Winning and resting players is what mattered," he was quoted as saying by the club's official website.

He added: "Ever since we drew Lyon, we have been studying and learning about them. Real Madrid have two barriers to break down against Lyon.

"It's been years since Madrid made it through to the last 16 and it's because they have never beaten Lyon. I would like to know if Lisandro, Jimmy Briand or Cesar Delgado will be playing. We have to study all the possibilities and be prepared for anything and everything."

When his team selection was questioned, Mourinho replied: "I started a team that I thought would be enough to win and we respected the opponent because we knew they had a solid defence.

"We had to be creative and dynamic, which is why I used four players in attack. I think it's only normal that I rest Xabi Alons and Mesut Oezil, who will play the next match, when I still have other alternatives."

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