Real Madrid crushed Celta Vigo Wednesday, 4-0, at the Estadio Bernabeu behind a hat-trick and assist from superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. Mourinho's men overcame Sergio Ramos' second-half red card (for a second bookable offense) and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Spanish Cup.
All in all, it seemed like a pretty good night for Real.
Ronaldo opened the scoring in just the third minute, doubled Real Madrid's advantage midway through the half and completed his hat-trick in the 87th minute. Sami Khedira added the fourth goal—assisted by Ronaldo—one minute from time. Iker Casillas even started in goal, and everything seemed fine for a night in the Spanish capital.
It wasn't all good news for Los Blancos, though. Ramos could receive a suspension for allegedly talking back to the referee after being sent off (via ESPN FC). Now, Real return their attention to La Liga, where rivals Barcelona are a massive 16 points ahead.
Perhaps the latter—along with constant pressure from Real Madrid's fans—was the reason for Mourinho's actions along the touchline at one point in the match Wednesday night.
After seeing Ronaldo fail to win a free kick near the box, Mourinho erupted momentarily. The Portuguese manager ran along the touchline, grabbed a ball and punted it straight at one of his staffers. Yikes.
The whole incident—which, in all honesty, amounted to not too much—can be viewed in the clip above. It's our Set Piece Video of the Day for this Thursday. Enjoy.
After the match, Real Madrid assistant coach Aitor Karanka spoke to the media. On Mourinho, he said (via RealMadrid.com):
The manager said it, the fans do what they believe. He is in charge of working and getting the best for Real Madrid. Being with him you are aware of what he does. And if the fans whistle it’s because they are not happy. We are here to work and that’s the way we’ve done it for the last two and a half years.
So, what do you think, readers? Is Mourinho cracking under pressure? Or was this just an entertaining bit of histrionics along the touchline?
(h/t Who Ate All The Pies?)