Originally written April 23, 2013 on Fox Soccer:
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Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho hopes this is the year his star-studded side finally get their hands on the Champions League trophy after coming up agonizingly short in the last two seasons. Madrid's desire to claim a record 10th European Cup crown was floundering badly prior to Mourinho's arrival in 2010, with the Spanish giants suffering six successive exits at the last-16 stage. However, since the Portuguese took charge Madrid have re-established themselves as a force to be reckoned with on the continent with three successive semi-final appearances. The first two ended in disappointment with defeats to Barcelona and Bayern Munich , but Mourinho hopes it will be third time lucky when they take on Borussia Dortmund and that his team can then go on to lift the trophy he believes they deserve to win. "We have a way of playing which is well-known, we've been on the brink for three years and we have s style of the play that guarantees quality," he said. "...
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