Jose Mourinho warns “it's very difficult for Milan lose two games in a row” and is keeping his emotions in check for the return to San Siro.
The Real Madrid boss steps back into his old stomping ground on Wednesday evening, but insists the rivalry is not so strong.
“Milan are not the enemy,” said the former Inter Coach who was welcomed at the airport and the hotel by Nerazzurri supporters.
“I am trying to feel nothing special when I come back here, but I did spend two fantastic years at Inter. I hope to face Inter sooner or later so that I can thank all the fans.
“I always had a respectful and positive rapport with Milan, so I do not feel like I am playing against an enemy.
“Naturally, for a side like Milan that had dominated, it must be strange to see Inter win everything. I can also imagine they view me in a not particularly positive light, as the man who made Inter champions of Europe, but still with respect.”
Real Madrid won the first leg 2-0 at the Bernabeu, but in the club's history have never conquered San Siro.
“That is because there is a lot of pressure and it's very difficult against strong sides in a packed stadium. Milan will also be worried, though, as they know that we can win.”
The Rossoneri are fresh from a 2-1 home defeat to Juventus, which has severely dented their confidence and Scudetto chances.
“They are a top side. They lost once, it is very difficult for Milan to lose two games in a row,” noted Mou.
“We expect a stronger Milan performance than on Saturday evening, with more hunger and determination. This isn't a decisive match for them, but it is very important, above all from a psychological stand-point.”