Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has played down talk of a personal duel with Real Madrid counterpart Jose Mourinho ahead of Wednesday's vital Champions League clash.

Any tension is believed to relate to the manner in which Mourinho succeeded Mancini at Inter Milan in 2008, and then followed by taking the Italian's title-winning squad on to Champions League glory. But Mancini has no time for any such suggestions and is focused only on victory at the Etihad Stadium, rather than specifically spoiling Mourinho's 100th match in the competition.

"Congratulations to him. To do 100 caps in the Champions League at his age (49) is very important, but I think tomorrow is not Mourinho against Mancini but City against Real Madrid," Mancini said.

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