Louis van Gaal is happy to accept that his Bayern Munich side are underdogs to win Saturday's Champions League final against Internazionale.
Bayern are surprise participants in European football's showpiece final at Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu stadium after scraping past both Fiorentina and Manchester United on away goals during the knockout stages.
Van Gaal has suggested that his side were not one of the strongest when the competition began, but the experienced Dutchman insists that all that counts for nothing on Saturday night.
"I think that Chelsea, Manchester United and Barcelona are the better teams of Europe. Nevertheless, we can win the title," he explained.
"We have shown our level and of course we were also a little bit lucky that time when we played against Manchester United, but it was deserved I believe.
"It's always possible that the lower level club wins, that's sport."
Speaking about the philosophies of both himself and Mourinho – who worked under van Gaal at Barcelona in the late 1990s – the Dutchman is expecting a clash of styles in the final.
He added:"I think Inter Milan are a very difficult opponent and I think their matches against Chelsea and Barcelona have proved that.
"I think my philosophy is always to attack. I think Mourinho is more defensive tactically but he has good players who can decide the outcome of a match."