21st of November 2012 Author: Johnny Karp
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho believes Manchester City are already out of the Champions League and the statement comes just before the two sides' clash on Wednesday. City must win their remaining two matches to have any chance of making the last sixteen but Mourinho said: "I think they can win today, of course they can, and they can also win in Dortmund, why not, but eight points is not enough. I think they are out for a second time and that must be difficult for them."
Mourinho will become the youngest coach to take charge of 100 Champions League matches on Wednesday and only the fifth manager to reach that milestone after Carlo Ancelotti, Arsene Wenger, Ottmar Hitzfeld and Sir Alex Ferguson. The Madrid boss conceded that Manchester City might win the trophy in the future. "I think they are a team to win the competition - one of the teams to win the competition," he said. "I don't think it is normal when you are out of the competition at the very early stage. I speak for myself. If Real Madrid loses a final or semi-final, or even a quarter-final, that is football. When you are out at the group phase it is more difficult to accept and understand. But this is a very difficult group. Since the beginning we knew a big team is out, probably two. Other teams are playing easy groups and have known from day one they would qualify easily. City, Real Madrid and Borussia all want to win the competition, we all can, but we all know we can be out in the group stage, especially as Ajax are also taking points and have some ambitions."
Mourinho has guided Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid until now and he has 54 wins, 25 draws and 20 defeats out of 99 games.
Here are the odds for tonight's clash from Bet365:
Man City win - 9/4
Draw - 11/4
Real Madrid win - 11/0
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