Mourinho: Real Madrid respect Alcoyano

Jose Mourinho insists Real Madrid will not underestimate Alcoyano in the first-leg of their Copa del Rey round of 32 encounter on Wednesday evening.

The Blancos will be without first team regulars such as Xabi Alonso, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Mesut Ozil and Cristiano Ronaldo, but the Portuguese coach has stressed this does not mean they are taking the match lightly.

“All the competitions and all the games are important. We’re going to Alcoy to play against a team that hasn’t been at the top of football for a time, but we respect them and we know about the game’s difficulty,” Mourinho stated at a press conference.

“We respect Alcoyano and the competition, that’s the first thing. Last year we got to quarter-finals and before that we won it.

“If we come home with an open result or a small step toward classifying, that’s not bad. We won’t have it easy tomorrow.”

Wednesday’s game kicks off at 22:00CET.

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