Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has eased off his provocative approach this season. AS says friends and observers have noticed a shift in Mourinho's attitude since his Super Copa controversy with Barcelona No2 Tito Vilanova.

The Real coach is now happier mixing with his Primera Division rivals and is less inclined to snap back when opponents taunt him - as Hospitalet coach Jordi Vinyals did recently.

He is even now praising opposition coaches and will phone club managers when he feels he can.

Before their victory over Osasuna, Mourinho admitted the culture of Real was growing on him: "The influence is reciprocal. I would not know what Madrid has changed in me, but a club always leaves its mark on you ...".