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Aug, 20, 2011

Valdano slams Mourinho behaviour

Former Real Madrid director Jorge Valdano believes the recent actions of Jose Mourinho are bringing dishonour to the powerhouse club.

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Valdano, who won three La Liga titles as a player with Real, has lashed out at Madrid's current manager after Mourinho was seen becoming involved in a sideline altercation with Barcelona assistant Tito Vilanova. The incident occured after new Catalan recruit Cesc Fabregas was hacked down late in the second leg of the Spanish Supercopa.

Mourinho and Valdano have endured a shaky relationship over the years, with reports suggesting the latter left his post at the club after losing a power struggle with the Portuguese tactician.

"Let's say that what happened does not exactly honour Real Madrid or Mourinho," Valdano told ADN Deportes. "I am convinced no-one is proud about what happened.

"Mourinho came to a club with 109 years of history and of course he represents a club with a very solid culture. What happened is that in these moments the tension between Real Madrid and Barcelona is so high that everyone is overcome by the pressure."

Valdano admitted that Barcelona have recruited well this summer, as they claimed their first silverware of the season with a 5-4 aggregate triumph in the Supercopa. The man known as 'the philosopher of football' has been particularly impressed by winger Alexis Sanchez.

"He is very fast, he also recovers balls with such ease that it is not normal for a player like him and he demonstrated in the first match, practically without having trained with his team-mates, that he can unbalance things, which will be very important for Barca.

"I think Cesc Fabregas' arrival will be very important for Alexis, just like it will be for Lionel Messi," he said.

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