Jose spots Barca 'obsession'

Sneijder to start despite thigh problem

Mourinho: Preparing for Barca

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Inter Milan manager Jose Mourinho believes Barcelona have become obsessed with winning the UEFA Champions League at the Bernabeu in order to rub salt in the wounds of bitter enemies Real Madrid.

The Italians have travelled to Spain for Wednesday's semi-final second leg against holders Barcelona with a 3-1 lead from last week's first meeting at the Giuseppe Meazza.

For Inter, it is a return trip to Catalonia after losing 2-0 at Camp Nou in this season's group stages and Mourinho believes there was already evidence of Barcelona's desperation to visit the Spanish capital in May.

He said: "When we came here in November, the fans were already singing, 'we're going to Madrid'.

"What I want to say to my players is to follow the dream, not make it an obsession, because for us this is a dream and not an obsession - for Barcelona it's not a dream, it's an obsession.

"A dream is about pride and my players will be very, very proud to reach the final in Madrid, Moscow, London or wherever, but for them it is different - they reached the dream by winning the final in Rome, by winning the final in Paris. Now it's an obsession.


"And the obsession is called Madrid and Santiago Bernabeu."

Mourinho attended his pre-match press conference in the company of bodyguards, but when asked if the additional security was in place to protect him from a baiting Barcelona crowd, Mourinho said the idea was a club decision.

"I don't need them... I go to the bench and I don't think anybody will jump," he explained.

"I came in the bus, I went to the garage, met everyone who knows me from 13 years ago, and they are always very polite and nice to me.

"There is no problem, no drama, we don't need to go to war, it's a game of 90 minutes - it's something completely in reach of a top quality team."

Meanwhile, Holland midfielder Wesley Sneijder, who was reportedly doubtful with a thigh problem, trained normally on Tuesday and Mourinho said the former Real man will start against Barcelona.

"Sneijder is okay and will play," said the Inter boss. "He still has a little problem but he will play."