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The Real Madrid players Sergio Ramos and the captain Iker Casillas have confirmed in a statement that they did not demand the exit of the manager José Mourinho in order to stay at the club. There have been a lot of reports in Spain that the two Spanish players requested the Real Madrid president Florentino Perez that he should sack the manager Mourinho or they would be handing transfer requests in the summer. Perez immediately confirmed that he did have a meeting with the two players, but he suggested that there was no truth in the newspaper reports that they demanded Mourinho’s exit.
The former Chelsea and the Inter Milan manager has had a terrible spell at the club apart from a few success. The team managed to win the league title for the first time in three seasons last year, but they have been extremely poor in this season. It has been largely due to several in-house fighting involving the manager and the players. The Portuguese manager has been unable to bring together all the egos within the team. He recently dropped the captain Iker Casillas from the starting line-up, which has led to even more trouble within the club.
“We want to show our support for the character of our coach Jose Mourinho. The two captains of Real Madrid want to communicate the following: That the meeting held on Tuesday with the president and CEO of the club never raised any ultimatum from us regarding the character of our coach. We want to show our support for the character of our coach, Jose Mourinho, to whom we owe the greatest respect,” said a statement by the two players on the official website of the club. Madrid have fallen 15 points behind archrivals Barcelona in the table after a poor first half of the season.
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The Spanish football journalist Graham Hunter has said that he feels that the Real Madrid goalkeeper Antonio Adan is suffering as a result of the fight between the manager José Mourinho and the number one at the club – Iker Casillas. Mourinho has recently fallen out with the 31-year-old goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who is rated as one of the important players in the Real Madrid squad. He also holds a special place in the history of the club after having made his debut as an 18-year-old, while he has been part of numerous successes over the years.
Yet, Mourinho has dropped him for the last two matches citing poor performances and form in recent weeks. In his place, the Portuguese manager has decided to use the youth team product Adan. The move has not paid dividends because Adan has been unable to prevent Real Madrid from slumping to a defeat in the recent match against Malaga, although due to no fault of his own. The journalist Hunter believes that the youngster is suffering from a lot of pressure as a result of the fight between Mourinho and Casillas because he has been subject to a lot of abuse from the Real Madrid supporters in recent weeks.
“I’ve no doubt this is a disciplinary thing based on a running feud. It’s the wrong decision, for the wrong reasons, at the wrong time. I have sympathy for Adan; he’s a decent guy, with whom Casillas has a terrific relationship, a guy who could have gone on to be Real Madrid’s goalkeeper, potentially, or gone on to another big club. He was persuaded to stay in the summer but this is part of the premium for having stayed,” said Hunter. Real Madrid have fallen a massive 16 points behind the arch rivals Barcelona in the table.
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The Real Madrid manager José Mourinho has said that he is expecting a tough time from the fans when his team take on arch rivals Athletico Madrid at the Santiago Bernebeu this weekend. It will be an extremely crucial match because Real Madrid come into this encounter on a bad run of form, while they their opposition are experiencing some of the best football in recent times. The presence of the Colombian striker Falcao has really changed the outlook of the team, as they are now regarded as a title challenge alongside Barcelona. They are just three points behind Barcelona in the table, while they are a massive eight points ahead of Real Madrid.
José Mourinho was whistled by section of supporters in the recent match against Alcoyano, as his team has fallen 11 points behind Barcelona in the table. As a result, many supporters have lost the hope of retaining the title this season. This poor run of form is not going to help the team when they take on Athletico Madrid, as the manager Mourinho expects a hostile reception from the fans. He has said that he will have no issues about accepting the criticism from the fans because he has become used to getting criticised by a lot of people.
“I have been in the game long enough for it not to affect me. I hope that the fans support the team and help them win the game. If people want to boo me, I will be out there at 21:20 (it is a 22:00 kickoff) if people want to boo me, I’ll be there and I will accept calmly and with humility. It seems it has become a national pastime to criticise me. I accept that because I make people happy. This is a game to enjoy,” said Mourinho.
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