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Real Madrid's coach Mourinho walks on the pitch during his team's training session at Valdebebas training ground in Madrid. REUTERS

Real Madrid will look to maintain their 100 per cent record in their UEFA Champions League campaign when they host Lyon on Tuesday.

The La Liga giants have made a perfect start to their Group D campaign with victories over Dinamo Zagreb and Ajax. Jose Mourinho's side warmed up for tonight's pivotal clash with a comfortable 4-1 win against Real Betis at the weekend.

But Lyon are also unbeaten in Group D and the French side will be looking to extend their excellent record against Madrid at the Bernabeu this evening.

Lyon have won three and drawn four of the eight meetings between the two sides since 2005 but manager Remi Garde is under no illusions as to the task his side face in the Spanish capital this evening.

"There is a strange link between the two clubs and draws. For us it is obviously a very difficult tie, but for Real Madrid as well because we've been their worst enemy in the last few years," he said.

"Since the arrival of Jose Mourinho they have a team which is more experience than in the past. They have a team that can make a difference at any time."

Tonight's match could prove decisive in determining who qualifies as the winner of Group D and Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is looking for the victory that will put his side on the brink of automatic qualification.

"The important thing is winning," Mourinho said. "Last year we got 10 points in the first four games and with these points we qualified. It's not easy to win games in the Champions League and now we have a start of six points.

"Winning the group may have a slight advantage in the draw for the next round. We want to qualify as soon as possible and advance further in the Champions League than we did last year."

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Mourinho has a welcome dilemma up front, with Gonzalo Higuain's hat-trick in the 4-1 demolition of Real Betis putting him in contention with Karim Benzema for a starting role.

Marcelo and Angel Di Maria return after suspension but Raul Albiol and Nuri Sahin are both side-lined while Ricardo Carvalho is doubtful with a back problem.

Lyon are without long-term injury concerns Lisandro Lopez and Yannis Tafer, while Jeremy Pied, Clement Grenier and Anthony Lopes are all absent.

Prediction: Real Madrid 2 Lyon 0

Real Madrid possible XI: Casillas; Marcelo, Ramos, Pepe, Arbeloa; Alonso, Khedira; C Ronaldo, Kaka, Di Maria; Higuain.

Lyon probable XI: Lloris; Reveillere, Kone, Lovren, Cissokho; Gonalons, Fofana, Kallstrom; Briand, Bastos, Gomis.