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Real Madrid boss Mourinho: I don't need to explain Pepe axing

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has discussed leaving out Pepe again for their draw with Espanyol. Pepe has been frozen out since criticising Mourinho last weekend.

"It was my decision and that's it. I'm the coach. I don't have to justify anything," said Mourinho.

"From the first to the last day I'll always be the one to decide. Sometimes I can share the reasons for my decisions and sometimes not, I'll take that option. On Friday you'll see who plays and it will always be my decision and responsibility."

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