REAL Madrid boss Jose Mourinho wants to emulate Wigan Athletic’s draw with Tottenham at the weekend.
The Portuguese manager has told his stars that a goalless draw will do – the same the North London club got at Latics on Saturday.
While he says that if it were a domestic game, a draw wouldn’t be his target result, Mourinho admitted that if his side were to repeat Wigan’s fortunes at the Bernabeu tonight, it would not be a disaster.
Spurs are in Madrid for their Champions League quarter-final against the nine-time winners and the former Chelsea boss, who lost his first home game in nine years on Saturday, is philosophical about his side’s chances.
“If we’d drawn 0-0 it would have been a bad result in the league,” Mourinho said.
“Against Spurs, though, it would be a good result – or at least it would not be a drama, especially if we have injured players back for the decisive game in London.”
Real have been hit by injuries to Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuain, Karim Benzema and Marcelo, who all missed Saturday’s shock defeat to Sporting Gijon.
“We lacked all our creative players (against Gijon), except Mesut Ozil. If Cristiano plays against Spurs it is because he and I are taking a risk. The doctor says he will only be fit for the game Bilbao next week.
“Marcelo is out for two weeks and Karim Benzema will only come to Bilbao and London, not play the home game. Now we have to see if we play people to try to settle the tie in the first leg or if we are satisfied with a draw, but 0-0 at home is good and even 1-1 is not dramatic.
“It would be all open, so I’ll talk to the injured players and decide whether we risk them.”
Meanwhile, Spurs defender Gareth Bale has indicated that he would one day like to play abroad.
Bale has just signed a new long-term contract at White Hart Lane, but he admits the thought of moving to the continent does not frighten him.
“You never know (what will happen) but I have no fear about leaving the country,” he said.
“If there is a great opportunity then that has to be considered seriously.”