Despite conceding to Bayern Munich in the 89th minute and losing in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semifinal, Real Madrid are confident that they will advance to the tournament final in Munich. They are only down a goal heading to the second leg, have an away goal to their name, and maybe most importantly, get to play it at the Bernabeu.
"We don't need any crazy result in the return leg - we can win with a normal result and go through,'' Jose Mourinho said after the first leg. "I think my team can respond to this game, with our fans behind us.''
That's pretty reasonable talk. Confidence is to be expected, especially from Mourinho. What is more surprising is that one of his players has proven to be even more confident, or maybe even arrogant.
"I think that we will win the return leg,'' Mesut Ozil said. "We are a touch stronger at home.
"We believe in our strength and I am convinced that we will go through. We will be coming back to Munich again.''
That's pretty much a guarantee without a guarantee from the German. He scored Madrid's lone goal in the first leg and his team have ever reason to be confidence heading to the second lead, but to be so sure of winning and booking a spot in the final that you will say it to the press may be unwise.
Who would have ever thought that we would see Mourino outshined by one of his own players? Then again, outshining or unwise won't mean a thing if Ozil and his team go on and make good on his guarantee.