Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho believes Barcelona are guaranteed a place in this season’s Champions League final.
The Madrid boss, speaking after his side’s 5-2 win over APOEL at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday, claimed a meeting with his former side Chelsea at Munich in May is impossible.
When asked about the two semi-finals in a television interview in the tunnel straight after the final whistle, Mourinho alluded to favouritism towards the Catalan club, telling TeleMadrid: “For me the big question is knowing who will play against Barca in the final.
“It will be a great semi-final, Bayern against Real Madrid, and the best team will go on to play against Barca.”
Mourinho then walked away from his interviewer, who quickly followed up by asking the Portuguese why he was so certain that Barcelona would be in the final.
“Because they are very good,” the Madrid boss added, before abruptly ending the interview.
Barca will first face Chelsea in the last four of the competition later this month, in a semi-final tie identical to the one the Catalans won in Pep Guardiola’s first season, 2008-09, en route to the trophy, and which was marked by refereeing controversies in the second match in London.
Mourinho later said he would be “ashamed” to win in such circumstances, describing the game as “the scandal of Stamford Bridge”.
Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo believes that he and his team-mates will have to work hard to defeat Bayern.
“We have reached our goal, we beat APOEL and we are in the Champions League semi-finals,” he told reporters after the match.
“Now we will face Bayern, it will be a very hard tie. They are a very tough side.
“I do not see myself in the final because Bayern are a side who can win the Champions League.”
Madrid will visit Bayern on April 18 and will host the Bavarian giants eight days later.