Why Real Madrid players, coaches back Mourinho in Barcelona row
Real Madrid players and staff are fully behind Jose Mourinho in the wake of the backlash from his behaviour during the Super Copa at Barcelona. Mourinho's clash with Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova has been condemned by many inside Spanish football.
However, those close to Real say he has the full support of the players and coaching staff given the behaviour of Vilanova and Barca's players throughout the second-leg.
- Vilanova over the 90 minutes continually threw insults at Real players and the away bench
- Lionel Messi angered Real coaching staff by spitting in front of their dugout
- Messi shoved Fabio Coentrao
- Messi gesticulated towards the Real dugout
- David Villa punched Mesut Ozil
It's emerged Real players are upset with management for not releasing a statement defending the coach and pointing out the provocation performed by Barca's players and bench.