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Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has promised his players will not underestimate APOEL Nicosia in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The Primera Division leaders triumphed 3-0 in Cyprus in the quarter-final first leg last Tuesday to all-but secure their progress, substitute Kaka scoring after setting up the first of Karim Benzema’s late brace.

But Mourinho insisted he would not be taking anything for granted against the Cypriot underdogs – whose giant-killing run has accounted for Lyon, Porto and Shakhtar Donetsk – and claimed he planned to stick closely to the winning formula which saw the capital club triumph 5-1 at Osasuna on Saturday.

“There won’t be many changes in the line-up,” he said at his pre-match press conference.

“The only one who played in Pamplona and isn’t on the list is (Alvaro) Arbeloa. The rest have been called up to play. Pepe is here with me (at the press conference) because he will play.

“It is a Champions League match and we have a very good aggregate. Very few believe APOEL will score four goals at the Bernabeu, but football is football and we must respect the crowd expecting a good football match, and we must especially respect our opponent.”

Mourinho’s men head into the Bernabeu encounter boasting a six-point advantage over champions Barcelona at the summit of La Liga.

Draws against Malaga and Villarreal last month allowed Barca to cut Madrid’s lead from 10 points to six, but the Portuguese does not feel his side will be adversely affected by thoughts of the title race or their recent exertions.

“My players are fine,” he said. “They don’t feel tired. They are confident and all want to play.

“We’ve earned very good numbers in the Champions League these last couple of years. We’ve obtained many victories, few draws and only one defeat. We want to continue doing a good job and earn another victory tomorrow.

“I only want my team to win and to play well. We’ve been obtaining good results – regardless of who plays – from the very beginning of the season, which is very important to me.

“This group is strong and united. We’ve always felt the same way and we will stick together to the end. We will cry or laugh together on the very last day.”

Lassana Diarra and Ricardo Carvalho remain sidelined through injury but will train with the team on Friday, but Xabi Alonso is available again after suspension and Angel Di Maria will look to continue his comeback from a thigh injury after coming off the bench at the weekend.

“Di Maria’s injury is complicated,” Mourinho added.

“He’s been training at full pace for 10 days, but that’s not the same as playing matches.

“He benefited from the 10 minutes he played in Pamplona and he will play more tomorrow, but not the entire game. He is very important to the team and we’ve missed him despite earning positive results.”

after his standing leg twisted under him as he overcommitted in a tackle, and he misses the second leg along with forward Ivan Trickovski (broken hand).

Coach Ivan Jovanovic could also be without striker Ailton due to a virus, while wing-back Nektarios Alexandrou (groin) and midfielder Athos Solomou (shin) are also doubtful.

Jovanovic acknowledged scoring four goals at the Bernabeu would be virtually impossible for his side, but if his team do get knocked out of the competition they will do so with their heads held high.

“Madrid are in the semi-finals – there’s no question about that,” the Serbian told the Cyprus Mail.

“The second leg will be harder (than the game in Nicosia). We need to try to exit the competition in the best possible fashion.

“Our campaign will forever be written in gold in the history of not just our club but Cypriot football also.”

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