Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has reminded his players of the importance of Tuesday's King's Cup first leg against lowly Real Murcia claiming that, if they lose, some of his players will be "dead to me".
Mourinho will play Cristiano Ronaldo, who has netted eight goals in his last three league outings, and out-of-favour France striker Karim Benzema in a bid to avoid a repeat of the 4-0 humiliation by third-tier side Alcorcon under Manuel Pellegrini last season.
"If last year's situation [at Alcorcon] repeats itself, I will cross those who play off my list because they will be dead to me," Mourinho told a news conference. "Benzema will start and so will Ronaldo. It is a very important game to me.''
Real come off the back of a 6-1 thrashing of Racing Santander in La Liga and Mourinho has already said he will give Mesut Ozil, Xabi Alonso and Ricardo Carvalho a few days off. However, the players are in no doubt how the Portuguese coach views the competition as he seeks to win it for the club for the first time since 1993.