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Barca's Pique: 'Mourinho is destroying Spanish soccer'
Press Association, August 18th, 2011 5:06AM

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Real Madrid had four players sent off in its five games against Barcelona last season, and it had two more players red carded in Wednesday's Spanish Supercopa match that ended in a brawl and with Barcelona star Pique saying Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho was "destroying Spanish soccer."

Lionel Messi scored two goals to give Barca a late 3-2 victory -- and 5-4 win on aggregate -- but the result was overshadowed by ugly scenes at the end of the game. Shortly after entering the game in his Barcelona debut, Cesc Fabregas was chopped down by Real Madrid defender Marcelo in an ugly challenge that earned the Brazilian a red card and triggered a brawl. Real Madrid's Mesut Ozil and Barcelona's David Villa, both already substituted, were red carded and video showed Mourinho pinching Barcelona assistant coach Tito Vilanova.

Marcelo began the game on the bench but shortly after he came on following the break he took down Messi in an incident that set the second half spiraling out of control toward its predictable conclusion in more ways than one. Barcelona won its 11th trophy in three-plus years under Pep Guardiola -- and Madrid lashed out. "Someone has to take action on the matter," fumed Pique. "Mourinho is destroying Spanish soccer."

Mourinho's response to the night's incidents? "Vilanova? Pilanova? I don't know what he is called. I have nothing to say. I was taught to play like a man." Mourinho then said the loss was no big deal, referring to the trophy his team had lost to Barca as "a minor trophy."

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