Semi-finals 'not enough' for Real Madrid, says Jose Mourinho

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Jose Mourinho has spoken of the importance of winning the Champions League at Real Madrid, ahead of tonight's semi-final first leg showdown with Borussia Dortmund.

The Portuguese believes Los Blancos have underachieved in the competition over the last decade, despite winning it an unprecedented nine times.

He told the official Real Madrid website: "When I first arrived this club already had nine European Cups, but it wasn't even the top-seeded club."

While progress has been made in recent seasons, the Spanish champions have not reached the final since 2002 – where they beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1.

"Making it to the final isn't enough at this club," insisted Mourinho. "You have to give your all to make the final and try to win it."

Tonight's match against Dortmund is the third time Real Madrid have played the Germans this season, after they were both drawn in Champions League Group D.

The Spaniards only managed one point from two matches, but Mourinho is confident his side have learnt their lesson.

"The goals we conceded to them in the two previous matches were our errors," he reflected.

"Dortmund has its own way of playing and it's not easy to play against them. I can't say what we're planning."

The ex-Chelsea boss remained tight-lipped about his team selection, but denied he was feeling the pressure.

"If you're anxious you have to live with it, but since I'm not I'm calm."

Should Real Madrid progress to the final, Mourinho will have the opportunity to become the first manager to win the European Cup with three different clubs.

But, he knows there are no easy matches at this stage of the competition, suggesting there is little to choose between the four remaining teams.

"I said a few press conferences ago that it was a calm draw because there wasn't one team that was better than the other," he concluded.

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