Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Jose to Blame' for Bad Blood in El Clasico Duels

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Jose to Blame' for Bad Blood in El Clasico Duels

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FORMER Barcelona star Andres Iniesta has blamed Jose Mourinho for the bad-blooded El Clasico encounters that took place during the Portuguese's time in charge of Real Madrid.

There were numerous matches between Barcelona and Madrid that involved unsavoury scenes during Mourinho's time in charge of Los Merengues - with his infamous eye-poking of the late Tito Vilanova just one of them.

And Iniesta has claims the hostilities between the clubs had a negative impact on the Spanish national team, which hasn't gone beyond the last 16 of a major tournament since United boss Mourinho left the Bernabeu in 2013.

"You don't have to be for Barcelona or Real Madrid to know that the situation was unpleasant," Iniesta said. "And the key component in that story was Mourinho. …

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