Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho thinks German champions Borussia Dortmund are a team capable of winning the Champions League as the two clubs get set to do battle in their Group D tie on Tuesday.
"They are an excellent team and can win the competition if they qualify for the second round," said the 49-year-old Mourinho who lifted Europe's most prestigious tournament in 2004 with Porto and with Inter Milan in 2010.
"Dortmund are an excellent team and it is not by chance that they have twice won the German championship. If they can reach the second round, they are even capable of winning the competition.
"They are very strong on the counter-attack and in transitional play. Their players are creative and quick but at the same time rigorous in defence. It is going to be complicated but I think we can get a good result."
Mourinho who has made it clear he would love to return to management in England once his era in Madrid is over also gave no credence to connections with an approach from big-spending French side Paris Saint Germain.
"It's not true," he retorted to reports the Qatari-backed capital club were offering 100 million euros for Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo plus a mega-money deal to also bring Mourinho to the helm at Parc des Princes.
Real Madrid come into the match a point behind Dortmund at the top of the pool following their 2-1 defeat in Germany during the last round of matches.