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Real Madrid v Barcelona: Mourinho prompts media walkout

Aitor Karanka and Jose Mourinho
Mourinho has cut journalists' access to players and training

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho's refusal to speak to the media ahead of Saturday's game against Barcelona prompted a walkout by journalists.

"Mourinho doesn't want his words blown out of proportion," said the Real coach's assistant Aitor Karanka.

"He doesn't want to be the one who raises the temperature."

Barca are eight points clear of Real in La Liga, with the two sides also due to meet in the Spanish Cup final and two legs of a Champions League semi-final.

About 30 Spanish journalists walked out when it was announced that Mourinho would not be speaking to the media.

Mourinho sat next to Karanka as the former Real defender answered questions at a media conference broadcast on live television and radio.

The former Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan coach has antagonised journalists in Spain since his arrival at Madrid at the end of last season by reducing their access to players and training.

After Saturday's league match the two clubs will meet in the Copa del Rey final on 20 April, which will be followed by their Champions League semi-final - with the first leg at Real's Bernabeu stadium on 27 April and Barca hosting the second at the Nou Camp on 3 May.

Real are without injured midfielders Lassana Diarra and Fernando Gago and the suspended Esteban Granero.

But striker Karim Benzema is fit having appeared as a substitute against Spurs, while midfielder Sami Khedira is also available after recovering from flu to start against Spurs.

Barcelona will be without striker Bojan, who could be out for two months after damaging his knee against Almeria last weekend.

But captain Carles Puyol, who has missed the last three months because of a knee injury, has been included in the Barca squad.

"The Puyol thing was a surprise for us as well," said Barca coach Pep Guardiola. "He's been out for a long time, but he's our captain.

"He has been in pain up until now, but now that's gone and that's why we have decided to call him up."

Guardiola added: "I expect Madrid to play with a lot of intensity and I have the feeling that we will have to win the game in order to win the league.

"Nothing is decided yet, not by a long way. We could win a title, win two titles, or lose all three."



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