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Valdano pop at Real Madrid coach Pellegrini plays into Barcelona hands

Real Madrid GM Jorge Valdano's criticism of coach Manuel Pellegrini this week has been latched on by the Catalan press.

Despite their superb victory at Deportivo La Coruna last week, a Real first in almost 20 years, Valdano chose to criticise Pellegrini for not giving any of the young Castilla players he had called into his squad their debuts.

El Mundo Deportivo says Pellegrini is disappointed by the remarks and is feeling increasingly isolated. The former Villarreal coach feels he is on his own and cannot find support within the management.

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