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Real Madrid in trouble after Ronaldo and Mourinho clash

Posted on January 17, 2013 by admin

The one thing that Real Madrid have had going for them recently is the form of the Portuguese striker Ronaldo. It was clear when he was suspended against Osasuna just how much the team relies on him. Not just for his goals, 28 already this season, but his all round performance.

That is not good enough for Jose Mourinho, apparently, as he laid into his star player after the Spanish cup game against Valencia. Video shows Mourinho becoming exasperated during the second half of the game. He was unhappy at some of the decisions made by Ronaldo going forward and felt that he was failing in his duties tracking back and helping the Brazilian left back Marcelo.

After the match Mourinho criticised Ronaldo in the dressing room but the striker did not take it well. Apparently the president Florentino Perez had to intervene to stop the row getting out of hand. Mourinho has fallen out with a few of the Madrid players this season, including Sergio Ramos and Iker Casillas. He has dropped players who have disputed his authority in the past, but it will be a huge risk to drop Ronaldo.

The number seven will feel, quite rightly, that he has carried the team for much of the season and should not be blamed for one below par game.

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