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Mourinho refuses to name his Real Madrid side to face CSKA Moscow

Posted on February 20, 2012 by admin

The Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho is keeping his team secret for now, even from his own players. In the press conference today, Jose stated that “I`ve already chosen the team, with players that seem more suited to prevail in a tie that I think will be difficult, against an opponent physically and tactically strong, perfectly adapted to the conditions of their pitch.” He said he would not announce the First XI because he had not told the players yet. He will not be resting anybdy because the tie is “too important”

The Real Madrid squad only trained for 45 minutes today at the Luzhniki stadium where they will face CSKA tomorrow, as Mourinho only wanted to see how the players reacted to the artificial surface and the weather. It was 8 degrees below zero with a biting wind so it is quite extreme for the Spanish league leaders. Still, only about a week ago it was -25 in Moscow so it could have been worse!

With CSKA never having lost to Spanish opposition on this ground and having a very experienced and settled squad, Jose will be looking for a very strong and solid formation. He will surely be content to return to Madrid with a point. His rallying cry was: “We must be stronger than the conditions.”

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