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Jose Mourinho stands by rant about Barcelona

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho remains defiant despite facing disciplinary action by UEFA following his “inappropriate comments” after Wednesday's Champions League home defeat to Barcelona.

The Portuguese manager implied after his team's 2-0 loss to Barca in their semi-final first leg that the Catalan club receive favourable treatment from referees and claimed Barcelona had yet to win a “clean” Champions League title under coach Pep Guardiola.

Asked about the UEFA charges he faces, Mourinho, who was sent off during that game, said in yesterday's press conference: “I am very well, thank you. I am in good health and working as always.

“I don't want to discuss this any further and for a simple reason. An image is worth more than 1000 words and there are so many images from that game that were shown all over the world, that I have nothing else to add.

“Whoever criticises my words is criticising those images... but they are real.”

Mourinho said the recent events have only strengthened his bond with the Bernabeu side.

He joined Real from Inter Milan last summer and still has four years left to run on his current contract.

However, reports in recent months have linked Mourinho with a move away from Real at the end of the season.

“To remain at Real Madrid makes more sense than ever before,” he said.

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