By ESPNSTAR.com staff
With current league leaders Barcelona taking on second placed Atletico Madrid this weekend, Real, currently third in the table, know this will be an ideal opportunity to make up some ground at the top.
Given that Espanyol, second from bottom in the table, have been nothing short of woeful in recent times, Los Blancos, with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil within their ranks, will be fully expected to pick up the win with ease.
However, Mourinho has warned his side not to lose focus against the Periquitos, a team currently managed by highly-rated manager Javier Aguirre.
"Espanyol has a coach that I really like and up until a few weeks ago they had another coach that I really liked as well," Mourinho was quoted as saying by the official Real website.
"I like their team, their hard work, and I think that Aguirre, with his experience and knowledge about this Liga, knows better than anyone how to change Espanyol's results.
"I expect Espanyol to defend deep and try to control us with quick counterattacks. I don't think it will be an easy game."
However, Mourinho fully expects his side to pick up all three points and cited home support as a crucial factor in the clash.
"We go in strong in order to win, to control, to score and sometimes to react with the rival scores first and we have to make a comeback," Mourinho added.
"The squad has always found this balance in the game when playing at home and has always had the support, sometimes stronger than others, of their fans.
"I think we're going to win, with the greatest of respect for Espanyol and Aguirre, who has a history of winning in this stadium, but we're going to try to win.
"We won at home against Atlétcio, away against Valladolid, and we'll try for the third win in a row and end the year with four straight Liga victories, which is the best we can do until the end of the year."
Real are unbeaten at home for the whole year, playing a total of 19 matches so far, winning 16 times and drawing on three occasions.