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'Special One' sets sights on Champions League

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Jose Mourinho says his main objective as Real Madrid manager is to secure a first Champions League success for the Spanish giants since 2002.

The Portuguese was named as Madrid's ninth manager in just six years on Monday, signing a four-year contract as he took over from Manuel Pellegrini, who was sacked last week.

The former Chelsea boss told realmadrid.com: "I won the Champions League during my second years at Porto and Inter Milan. I reached the semi-finals twice with Chelsea. I believe it is the top championship, the hardest of all. This is why my main objective is to win.

The Santiago Bernabeu outfit have missed out on their domestic league title in each of the last two seasons to fierce rivals Barcelona, but it was their failure to reach this year's Champions League final, which was held at their own ground, that proved to be the biggest disappointment for the club and its fans.

Mourinho secured his second European Cup, following his 2004 success with Porto, just days ago as he led Inter to a 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich.

The 47-year-old has set his sights on making history by becoming the first man to win the Champions League with three different clubs, and he wants to accomplish that feat sooner rather than later at his new club.

"The magnitude of this club doesn't frighten me," he added. "It won't be an easy challenge, but I am anxious to take it on. I am very excited to begin working here."

Mourinho also said that he will look to strengthen the Madrid squad ahead of his first season in charge, but has cautioned against the sort of spending sprees that have led the club's squad to be branded as 'galacticos' in recent years.

He said: "With all due respect to the current squad, I would like to bring two or three players who can adapt to my work philosophy.

"I don't want people to feel any pressure. I want them to be calm. I don't want people to go crazy and spend too much money."

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