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Mourinho to keep emotions in check

4 March 2013 22:43

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has pledged to keep celebrations muted if his side eliminate Manchester United from the Champions League.

The Portuguese has had some infamously extravagant celebrations in the past, including a touchline run at Old Trafford when with Porto in 2004.

However, the 50-year-old says that, while Tuesday's last-16 second leg is no less important to him than when he helped eliminate United with Porto, he will be keeping himself under control whatever the result.

"It (the fixture) means the same," Mourinho told reporters. "But I approach the situation differently with different emotions.

"To win a big match is the same as it was nine years ago. If I lose tomorrow, I won't cry and, if I win, I will not be running 100 metres down the touchline."

Mourinho's side are level 1-1 on aggregate heading into the away leg but will again face the Premier League leaders without captain Iker Casillas, who remains sidelined with a hand injury.

United will be without utility player Phil Jones, who limped out of their FA Cup clash against Reading with an ankle injury, but are likely to regain Rio Ferdinand after the defender recovered from the flu.

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1 35 +52 80
2 35 +41 75
3 33 +54 71
4 35 +21 70
5 35 +23 69
6 35 +2 63
7 34 +16 57
8 35 +5 49
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