Real Madrid boss sends dig FC Barcelona’s way ahead of Copa del Rey second leg El Clasico.
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has started the mind games ahead of his team’s match against FC Barcelona in the Copa del Rey.
The two teams face off in their fifth El Clasico of the season tonight in the second leg of the Spanish cup competition semi final.
“I prefer to remember the lessons we have received from Barcelona in the past: lessons of sportsmanship, of how to behave in football, how not to talk about referees, how not to make pressure on referees, how not to surround referees during a game, how not to try to get cards for their rivals,” said a clearly facetious Mourinho in our video below.
“And because they obviously play football very well, because they do play very well, I prefer to remember all those.”
The first leg of the clash was a 1-1 draw. After a goalless first half, Cesc Fabregas opened the scoring early on in the second period, with young French defender Raphael Varane equalising late on.
That of course sets things nicely up for the second leg.
Barcelona can reach the final if the match is 0-0, as away goals count in the competition, but matches between Real Madrid and Barcelona are very rarely 0-0.
A video with Mourinho’s thoughts – including those mind games – is below: