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City WIll Rule Europe (but might need me to do it): Mourinho Makes Mischief Before Euro Crunch

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Mourinho’s fractured relationship with the dressing room deteriorated even further this week as he publicly questioned their desire and motivation, opening the door for him to leave at the end of the season.

And while he opted against an all-out assault on Mancini, whose reputation he savaged after succeeding him at Inter Milan, Mourinho did drop a couple of long-fused grenades ahead of Tuesday’s massive Champions League group opener between the champions of England and Spain in the Bernabeu.

Mourinho said: “Whether City can win it this year is a good question for Roberto, not for me.

“I think it must be the club manager who says whether they are contenders and want to win it and can win it.

“On the other side, I say we want to win, we can win, we are contenders. For me, City are in the group of teams that are big rivals.

“That’s a question you have to put to Roberto. He will answer it.

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Mark Hughes was their first coach with the new owners who started to spend money and buy good players.

“Then Roberto came. He has done good work, spent more money, bought better players and built an incredible squad.

“They won the first cup, the first championship, also the Charity Shield.

“I don’t know if it will be this season or next season, whether with Roberto or somebody else.

“But, in the future, normally, in the direction the club is going, sooner or later they can win the big cup.

“I don’t know if it will be him.”

Mancini – who’s unlikely to risk Sergio Aguero although the striker is training after a knee injury – responded with a statement of faith in his players and insisted he has the horsepower to conquer Europe.

He said: “If you drive a Ferrari, you can win it. If you drive a Fiat 500, probably not.

“We are working for this. We have a good team and have been together for two years.

“So, I am sure we will win this trophy in the future.

“I don’t know when, but I’m sure we will.

“We know what we need to do and how we need to improve.”

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Real Madrid v Manchester City: Probable teams

Real Madrid (4-2-3-1): Casillas; Arbeloa, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo; Alonso, Khedira; Ozil, Modric, Ronaldo; Benzema

Manchester City (4-2-2-2): Hart; Maicon, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy; Y Toure, Garcia; Silva, Nasri; Tevez, Aguero

Real Madrid v Manchester City: Three to watch

Cristiano Ronaldo He may be “sad” at the moment, but the former Manchester United favourite has the talent to make ­City thoroughly despondent, too.

Iker Casillas If City are to win, they will have to get past the man who, by common consent, is the world’s best goalkeeper. As captain of Spain, he has lifted the World Cup and European Championship in the past two years.

Pepe The Portuguese hatchet-man is a fearsome competitor, but is almost as easy to wind up as Mario Balotelli. If the tackles start flying in, you can bet Pepe will be involved.

Real Madrid v Manchester City: Stats and facts

Real Madrid are playing in the Champions League for the 16th consecutive season, only Manchester United can boast a longer current run.

Real have won only two of their last seven Champions League games against English clubs (both legs against Spurs in 2010-11) .

The Spanish giants have made it out of the group stage in every season they’ve participated in the Champions League.

Real Madrid last reached the final of the Champions League in 2002, when they beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 .

Real have won the European Cup/Champions League on nine occasions – a record.

Manchester City’s seven competitive games against Spanish sides have produced 26 goals. They beat Villarreal home and away in the group stage last season .

Real have only failed to score once in their last 25 Champions League games – against Barcelona in the 2010-11 semi-finals.

The reigning Spanish champions have won more games than any other club in the history of the Champions League (99, since 1992-93) .

Real have played 169 more Champions League games than Manchester City.

This will be the first competitive meeting between the two sides .

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