Real Madrid & Jose Mourinho vs. FC Barcelona: How Mourinho Ruins La Furia Roja

Adi-Oula Sebastian@JubeiKibagameCorrespondent IIApril 29, 2011

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 27:  Head coach Jose Mourinho of Real Madrid smiles during the start of the UEFA Champions League Semi Final first leg match between Real Madrid and Barcelona at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 27, 2011 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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By now, each and every football fan has an opinion on Real Madrid’s Pepe and FC Barcelona’s Dani Alves. Some argue there was contact, some others argue there wasn’t.

Understandably, Real Madrid fans like to point the finger at FC Barcelona’s Dani Alves and single him out as the worst actor in world football.

Fair enough.

But then again, didn’t Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo perform some of the worst acting against AC Milan?

I can’t recall the Milan press, let alone the official AC Milan website, dissecting his performance in the manner the pro-Madrid media and Real Madrid currently do. Frankly, I don’t know any club that has gone to such extreme measures to argue the validity of a red card.

Last year Barca’s Bojan scored a perfectly legitimate goal against Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan, which would’ve sent the Blaugrana to the Champions League final. Still, Pep Guardiola didn’t constitute the decisions of the match officials.

Taking all into account, I guess it’s Real Madrid’s way of deflecting from the fact that their gameplan didn’t bear fruits. In the history of football there are an infinite numbers of moments where our favorite team has been on the receiving end of bad refereeing or benefited from foul play. So, let’s get things in perspective and not overreact.

Real Madrid fans tend to overlook, or rather forget, the fact that none other than Jose Mourinho has benefited from questionable refereeing the most. As the manager of Porto FC he benefited from a disallowed Paul Scholes goal when his team faced Manchester United in the Champions League. Needless to say, if he hadn’t progressed at the expense of Manchester United he wouldn’t have won the Champions League.

In last year’s edition of Europe’s most prestigious club competition, he benefited from Bojan’s disallowed goal which, once again, would’ve eliminated him from the Champions League.

So why become a hypocrite now?

In both years, Jose Mourinho went on to win the Champions League. If he hadn’t, would he be as special as he claims he is? I don’t think so.

Now all of a sudden he, out of all active managers in football, wants to argue the performance of match officials? I guess if he can’t take advantage of bad refereeing, no one can. What is it called again? Oh yes, double standards.

If Jose Mourinho is a master in anything, it’s manipulating the media. The current media frenzy involving the match officials’ performance only serves to deflect from Jose Mourinho’s miserable tactical setup. He successfully diverted the attention from his failed gameplan towards the referees.

When a manager has the world’s most expensive squad at his disposal, among them some of the most creative players around, a defeat can surely be only explained by the absence of one player, Pepe.

Somehow I just can’t follow this logic. Sure playing shorthanded is an uphill battle, but I’ve seen 10 men win, FC Barcelona did it. Not to mention, a fortnight ago even Real Madrid fought their way back to earn a draw. But since Los Blancos have lost by a two-goal margin, something has got to give.

Either Los Blancos don’t believe they can overcome the deficit or it is a concession of inferiority because Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid aren’t convinced they can play an open game against FC Barcelona.

Anyways, the decision of Real Madrid to take FC Barcelona to court over a legitimate complaint against Jose Mourinho is mind-blowing.

Real Madrid’s complaint: FC Barcelona’s players were unsportsmanlike.

Once again, I’m surprised how oblivious Real Madrid are over their own players shortcomings, Sergio Ramos in the Clasico from November 2010 anyone? If that’s not unsportsmanlike I don’t know what is. And of course, fan-favorite Pepe who likes to kick players that lay on the ground. Is it just me or isn’t that per definition unsportsmanlike?

If talking is unsportsmanlike, what in the world is slapping, kicking and assaulting opponents, tough love?

Oh, FC Barcelona players are bad but not violent. But hey, if it's all-white, it's alright.

With Jose Mourinho came negativity, I can’t recall a series of Clasico’s that were so explosive. Sure, a Clasico is always a tense affair but Jose Mourinho’s media antics propelled it into the stratosphere. Over the past eight or nine years the Clasico’s were always hard but fair, both teams have been on the winning and losing side but never did emotions boil over like this.

Everywhere the Special One went, controversy has followed him. England and Italy post-Mourninho are much more bearable than before.

The latest spat between La Liga giants, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, will surely have its repercussions at some level, most likely the Spanish National team.

It took La Furia Roja forever to form some sort of harmony, but with the core being formed by FC Barcelona and Real Madrid players, this off-field battle will not serve the cause.

For now, everyone is playing the blaming game that one man started, Jose Mourinho.

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