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Real seek inspiration from history

Real Madrid are attempting to revive former glories to inspire them on their mission to overturn a two-goal deficit at archrivals Barcelona in Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg.

sports Updated: May 02, 2011 23:34 IST

Real Madrid are attempting to revive former glories to inspire them on their mission to overturn a two-goal deficit at archrivals Barcelona in Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg.

Real’s website ran a picture on Sunday of their players celebrating a 2-0 semi-final first-leg victory at the Nou Camp in 2002 that paved the way for their ninth and most recent triumph in Europe’s elite club event.

“Everyone agrees it will be difficult, but no one gives up hope,” the club wrote. “This historic precedent is just what Real Madrid need to have greater faith on Tuesday.”

Real will be without Pepe for Tuesday’s game and defender Sergio Ramos is also suspended. Jose Mourinho, who was sent from the bench for protesting Pepe’s dismissal, will have to watch from the stands.