Jose Mourinho has insisted that Real Madrid do not have a mental problem when facing German opposition ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League Group D game away against Borussia Dortmund.
The Santiago Bernabeu side have won only one out of their last 23 competitive games on German soil, but the former Inter coach believes their poor record is a result of their 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 semi-final 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.”
Wednesday’s encounter at the Signal Iduna Park is scheduled to kick off at 20:45CET.