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Mourinho to put friendships aside

Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno believes friendships will count for nothing when Jose Mourinho meets two of his former stars.
The Champions League quarter-final draw was made on Friday and the La Liga giants will face Galatasaray, who have Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba in their squad.

But Butragueno says despite the history shared between Real coach Mourinho and the Gala players who he coached – Drogba at Chelsea and Sneijder at Inter Milan – the friendship will not affect Mourinho's desire for victory.

"They have an extraordinary relationship, but that happens quite often, and now they have different goals and they will do their best to help Galatasaray," he told

"Mourinho will of course want us to be here again for the semi-final draw and before the game and after the game I'm sure (they'll talk), but during the game we will be focused on our goals."

And the former Spain striker is well aware of the threat Sneijder and Drogba will pose.

Butragueno said: "Galatasaray are here because they deserve to be here. 

"They have a very good team, and with Drogba and Sneijder they are stronger, so we have to be very respectful because they have shown they are very competitive.

"With the first leg at home, we need a good result to take to Turkey. There'll be an incredible atmosphere over there."

With Barcelona and Real Madrid having avoided each other in the quarter-finals there is now a possibility the La Liga giants could face each other in the final but Butragueno is only focused on the game at hand.

"That's very far ahead so we have to be focused on Galatasaray, try to do our best, try to qualify for the semi-finals, and then we'll see," he said.
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