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Real Madrid manager Mourinho shrugs off fan jeers

Published on Jan 7, 2013 6:02 AM
Real Madrid's coach Jose Mourinho from Portugal (right), and Real Sociedad's coach Philippe Montanier from France (left), gesture during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Jan 6, 2013. -- PHOTO : AP 

MADRID (AFP) - Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho brushed off the boos of an angry Bernabeu crowd on Sunday as fans turned on the Portuguese coach for benching goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

Real beat Real Sociedad 4-3 but the pressure remained on Mourinho after Barcelona's 4-0 win over Espanyol kept the defending champions 16 points off the pace in La Liga.

Fans are unhappy at his approach and there are rumours of a rift in the dressing room with heavyweights like Casillas and Sergio Ramos complaining about his aloof style. These have been reinforced by his decision to omit club captain Casillas, a world and European champion with Spain, from the last two games which has been seen as an attempt to assert his authority.

"Perfect. Let them whistle me before the match and then support the team as they are doing. I think the whistles are for leaving Casillas out and also because we are not achieving our aims in the championship," said a defiant Mourinho.

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