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Europa League round of 16 draw

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Mourinho: We're not safe yet

Jose Mourinho has warned Real Madrid against complacency ahead of their Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, suggesting his side are still no certainty to progress past the group stage.

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Real sit second in Group D on six points after being defeated by Dortmund on matchday three.

Although Real and the Bundesliga champions are favourites to take out the top two spots, Mourinho believes his side cannot afford to drop points.

"Our group is very demanding and difficult and all the teams are under pressure," he said. "It is a very hard group and any point [won] is good. Losing is bad and I think all the teams are at risk [of elimination]. Dortmund and we are in a better position than the other two teams.

"But it is possible that City might win more points in this second part of the group phase and get back up. It is a demanding group because it is complicated and all the teams are under pressure. Borrusia is strong, but we're playing at home and we can do it well."

Mourinho admitted that a lacklustre performance in Germany two weeks ago has given Real a wake-up call and he has spoken of his opponents' title credentials.

"I'm concerned about the whole team. It's an optimum team," Mourinho said. "It's not by chance that they've won two league championships in Germany, or that they are the leader of such a strong group as this.

"They're good on transitions, with good players, tactics, and very direct. It's a very good team. To me, if this team go on to the round of sixteen, they're well positioned. It's a team that's a candidate for winning the competition."

Mourinho confirmed that Karim Benzema will miss the match through injury, making way for Raphael Varane in the starting side.

"Benzema is injured and Varane will be in the first 11," Mourinho said. "Karim has an abductor muscle problem. He's out. I don't know for how long, but he's out for tomorrow."

The Real Madrid boss also hailed the abilities of Cristiano Ronaldo who has been influential in La Liga this season for the club.

"I think Cristiano was already a great player before he arrived and he gained notoriety on Real Madrid," Mourinho said. "Now he's a 27-year-old man. He was a good football player, he is a great football player and he will be a great football player in the coming seasons."


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