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Jose Mourinho calls Germany’s Borussia Dortmund contenders to take Champions League

Nov 6, 2012, 8:10 AM EDT

Borussia Dortmund's Kehl touches his custom-made mask at the start of his training session in Madrid

Is Borussia Dortmund ready to take the next step, to join the likes of Real Madrid, Milan and Manchester United as true Champions League contenders?

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho believes so.

Or it could just be that Mourinho is making nice before their team’s UEFA Champions League clash today at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu. (The match is on Fox Soccer Plus at 2:30 p.m. ET, or on delay on Fox Soccer Channel at 5 p.m.)

What Mourinho said:

I’m worried about the whole Borussia Dortmund team. It is no coincidence that they have won the last two league titles in Germany or that they are top of the most difficult group in this season’s Champions League. They are a very strong team with very physical, quick players. If they reach the next round they will be candidates to win the trophy.”

By the way, Dortmund captain Sebastian Kehl has been fitted with a mask after breaking his nose in a weekend draw with Stuttgart; he remains questionable for today’s contest, however.

  1. doublezero74 - Nov 6, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Funny how you forgot add Barcelona and Chelsea to list if hopeful contenders, but noted Milan. What are you watching?

    • Steve Davis - Nov 6, 2012 at 11:19 AM

      What the post says is the “the likes of” Madrid, Milan, Manchester. Just going for the alliteration. Barca and Chelsea didn’t sound as good … I’ll add an “etc.” if it will help ya.

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