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FC Barcelona News: 23 February 2012: Mourinho allegedly uses homophobic slur, Thiago and Cuenca speak out

In trouble again?
In trouble again?

Jose Mourinho is in trouble again. The Portuguese coach may be used to getting his own way at almost every club he has ever managed, but his long-term feud with every referee in existence has taken a turn for the worst with his alleged comments prior to the match with CSKA Moscow. If found to be true, I hope that Real will punish Jose severely, as insults of such nature have no place in the game. Also, look out for the excerpt from Graham Hunter's book Barca: The Making of the Greatest Team in History. I am a little further into the book than that chapter, and if you haven't already, I advise that you buy a copy ASAP! Oh, and the Daily Mail has made something up involving Liverpool and Cristian Tello.

Real Madrid coach Mourinho accused of homophobic slur -

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has come under fire after referring to match officials as 'faggots' prior to his team's Champions League round-of-16 first-leg draw against CSKA Moscow on Tuesday. The European Gay and Lesbian Sports Federation (EGLSF) has filed a complain against the Portuguese boss in the wake of his comments, and co-president Louise Englefield has urged Uefa to take action against Mourinho.

"We players are not totally satisfied because we want all three titles that are at stake." Thiago shared. "We know that the League is more complicated due to the points we are behind the first placed team, but I think it is a good season. At the moment we're uncertain, because the manager who has given us all so many good things at Barça is still with us. We are enjoying him, his way of coaching, the way he sees football."

Everyone surprised me with their humble attitude," Cuenca said. "You would think that, in a dressing room where players have won so much, there may be a less familiar atmosphere, but it's not the case. I try to use my team-mates as an example, and I try to watch them in training sessions so I can learn more."

"'Let me play 20 minutes more,' he begged, 'and then you can replace me. In those 20 minutes the guy scored two goals," Garcia says. "There was always a risk that he would be badly injured without the mask, but even though he was only 16, we trusted him completely.

Xavi holds the all-time record for official appearances for the club: 610. In his 14 seasons as a pro he has scored 69 times, and the eleven this season is a personal record. His personal best until now was the 10 he scored in the 2008/09 season, but that figure, of course, corresponded to a full season of 59 matches.

Liverpool have been linked with a move for Barcelona starlet Cristian Tello. The 20-year-old Spain youth international is out of contract at the end of next season and has been targeted by several clubs, including Valencia, Malaga and Benfica.

"On paper, maybe [the current team] is more spectacular, but Zidane, Ronaldo, Figo, Hierro, Roberto Carlos and Raul are players in the history of Real Madrid and the history of world football," Michel was quoted as saying by AS. But despite acknowledging their improvements, Michel posed the reminder that Mourinho's men must now start picking up more silverware if they are to be remembered as a great Madrid team in the future.

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