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Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho hopes to avoid former clubs Inter Milan and Chelsea in the quarter-finals of the Champions League after helping the Spanish giants end their miserable run of exits at the last-16 stage.

Mourinho, looking to win the Champions League with a third club, was pleased with his team’s performance but played down the fact Madrid had finally reached the last eight after years of disappointment.

“Lyon are a good team, one of the best in this year’s Champions League, but we deserved to win. We played a very complete game and we are in the quarter-finals,” said the Portuguese.

“I’m happy and quite relaxed because it’s normal that we’ve qualified for the quarters. Some day we had to get through – what wasn’t normal was Madrid not getting through.

“Not getting through would have been a failure because Madrid always think about going further than the last 16. We’re going in the right direction and the titles are going to arrive.”

Looking ahead to Friday’s draw for the next stage, Mourinho would rather not face his two most recent employers prior to last summer’s move to Madrid – Chelsea and reigning European champions Inter.

“I prefer to avoid Inter and Chelsea because, emotionally, it’s difficult to play against ex-teams,” he said.

“If we get them, we get them. We’re professionals. If I have to face those who were my people, I will do it, but I will be obliged to prepare myself more psychologically than against other teams that aren’t in my heart.”

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