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Football: Zidane defends Pepe and Mourinho

MADRID (Reuters) – On Friday Zinedine Zidane came to the relief of Jose Mourinho, the coach of Real Madrid and Portugal defender Pepe, target of scathing criticism in the Spanish press.

Madrid newspapers, generally favorable to the club of the Spanish capital, believe that the Portuguese coach his team to practice a defensive game too.

Pepe has in turn suffered the wrath of journalists after stepping on the hand of Lionel Messi during Real’s defeat at home to Barcelona (1-2) Wednesday in the Copa del Rey.

“I think all the criticism against Madrid, his coach and players are very unfair,” said the daily as former French international, now “director of football” to the Madrid club.

“Pepe is a player who never complains off the field. It is a charming boy, very polite. But when he is on the ground, he has an obsession with winning and the anguish of him to win mistakes, “Judge Zidane.

“It is clear that he apologized for what he did, but Pepe is a player who gives everything on the ground, and sometimes is limited,” said Zidane, who finished his career on a deportation final world Cup against Italy in 2006 after giving an impulse to an opponent.

Referring to criticism of Spanish journalists against Mourinho, the former captain of France said: “How can they say that we must change coach? crazy or what? Look at his statistics, incredible. “

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