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Real expect ´thrilling´ United tie

Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno is eagerly anticipating the Champions League round-of-16 tie against Manchester United.

Butragueno feels the English Premier League side are one of the most prestigious clubs in the world ahead of the pick of the ties drawn in Nyon on Thursday.

But he is confident his side, who trail La Liga leaders Barcelona by 13 points, have what it takes to reach the quarter-finals.

“I am thinking the fans will be very happy with this tie because it’s very, very attractive, a thrilling experience for everybody,” Butragueno told Sky Sports.

“Manchester United are not just a great team, but a great organisation and one of the most prestigious clubs in the world.

“We know that it is going to be difficult, it is going to be a very even tie. They have a very strong team and great leadership.

“Alex Ferguson has been there for 25 years, he is a fantastic manager, he knows how to make the most out of his players, so we know that it is going to be very, very difficult.

“They have top players but we are Real Madrid and we will try to do our best and I think that we will rise to the occasion and of course I am confident in our chances of qualifying.”

The tie means a return to Old Trafford for Cristiano Ronaldo, and Butragueno believes it will be a special meeting for the Portugal international.

“I am sure it is going to be special game for him, he’s a great professional so I am sure he is going to do his best to help Real Madrid to qualify,” he said.

“But yes, going back there is going to be very special for him.”

The 49-year-old also spoke about the relationship between Jose Mourinho and Ferguson.

“I know that they have a very good relationship. Jose is a fantastic manager, he is under contract with Madrid and we are very happy with him,” Butragueno said.

“I hope that he is going to lead the team and make our fans feel proud of our team, that’s the main objective.”

Thu 20 Dec, 2012
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