Jose Mourinho has acknowledged the challenge he faces in winning the Champions League with Real Madrid this season by saying that it is tougher to succeed in than the World Cup.
Mourinho will go down in history as the only manager to win the Champions League with three different clubs if he can lead Real to their first victory since 2002 this season having previously triumphed with Porto and Inter Milan.
Real are 6/1 to win the Champions League and a victory would mark their tenth in the history of the tournament.
However, with the vast number of clubs having the talent in their squads to mount a challenge on the Champions League, Mourinho understands the difficulty of his task and believes it would be easier for him to win the World Cup should he be an international manager.
He told a Spanish newspaper: “The Champions League is the competition that everyone wants to win. It’s the hardest. You can’t compare it with the World Cup because the teams are stronger than international sides.”
“The standards are incredible. That’s why it’s the greatest thing a club can achieve.”
Mourinho’s Champions League assault with Real Madrid begins at home to Ajax and they are 3/10 to claim the three points.
Goals have proved tough to come by as Madrid have only scored once in their opening two La Liga games, but striker Gonzalo Higuain does not believe this is because of a lack of chances being created.
He is 3/1 to open the scoring against Ajax, with Cristiano Ronaldo the 11/4 favourite.
One thing Mourinho has done is made Real stronger in defence and they are yet to concede in his tenure as manager.
They are 11/10 to keep a clean sheet against Ajax and 5/4 to win without letting in a goal.
AC Milan and Auxerre are the other two teams in Group G, with Real 4/7 to progress to the knockout stages as group winners. See the whole Group G winners market.