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Former Madrid greats come to defence of Pepe, Mourinho

sports Updated: Jan 20, 2012 22:59 IST

Former Real Madrid greats Alfredo di Stefano and Zinedine Zidane have come out in defense of coach Jose Mourinho following another disappointing loss to Barcelona.

Mourinho was widely criticized for his defensive tactics in Wednesday's 2-1 cup loss, which was exacerbated by Pepe's stamp on Lionel Messi's hand.

Di Stefano says Mourinho “grows in the face of great challenges" and placing all of the blame on the Portuguese is akin to a “bad joke."

Former France midfielder Zidane says Madrid should look for elegance in its play but “against an extremely complicated rival you have to create the conditions for victory."

Zidane, who works as Madrid sporting director, adds: "An attack on Mourinho and the players is an attack on Madrid."

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