The Premier League champions travel to the Spanish capital to face Los Blancos at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday, and the hosts’ coach has been doing his homework on Roberto Mancini’s men.
“I went over to see City play because I want my job to be done as close to perfection as possible. I wanted to analyse our opponents not just by video or stats but to see them first hand,” Mourinho told The Sun.
“Okay a match against QPR is not a good game to make a direct transfer to a match in the Bernabeu. But it was good enough to see some aspects of the City team.
“And what I do know is they have very good players – and are a powerful side.
“I don’t like to speak about opponents individually but it’s no problem to say that we respect Carlos Tevez a lot.
“I also know Mario Balotelli and the player he is because we were together at Inter for two years and so he certainly has nothing to prove to me,” he continued.
Despite praising City’s abilities, Mourinho went on to speak of Madrid’s history and the weight of expectation on the La Liga champions.
“Real Madrid is Real Madrid, it’s the real thing. A club no football result, no cup competition, no coach, no player can ever change.
“Quite simply Real Madrid is a club like no other. It’s incomparable with any other club in the world.
“There is no team anywhere that can be compared with Real Madrid. None.
“Remember I was in Portugal, in England and in Italy before coming here to Madrid, so I know what I am saying. There are great clubs but the pressure and the expectation is the greatest here at Real Madrid.
“It is huge but it is an enjoyable pressure, not a suffocating one,” Mourinho concluded.
City and Madrid have been drawn alongside Borussia Dortmund and Ajax in their Champions League pool.
By Gareth McKnight