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Madrid stay at home ahead of Clasico climax at Barcelona

posted 2 May 2011, 10:52 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 2 May 2011, 10:54 ]

Coach Jose Mourinho makes Real Madrid train at home instead of using the Camp Nou pitch ahead of their Champions League semi-final against arch-rivals Barcelona.

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho decided to train at home on Monday (May 2) ahead of the Champions League second leg semi-final decider, instead of holding the session at Barcelona's Nou Camp stadium.

After the session, the Portuguese coach, who decided to use a secondary pitch at Real's training camp, was due to travel with his players to Barcelona where they will face Pep Guardiola's team on Tuesday (May 3).

The Champions League semifinal return leg happens one week after a tempestuous first leg won 2-0 by Barcelona at the Bernabeu, where Madrid finished with 10 men and had coach Jose Mourinho sent off from the bench.

Barcelona made a formal complaint to UEFA over Mourinho's statements after the match while Real Madrid also complaint to UEFA over Barcelona player's behavior on the pitch.

Barcelona and Real Madrid meet again in Champions League after being both defeated last weekend in La Liga matches. Real lost against Zaragoza 2-3 and Barcelona was beaten by Real Sociedad 2-1.

Mourinho travels to Barcelona with slight chances of squeezing into the Champions final and possibly preparing to see Barcelona crowned as the 2011 champion of La Liga on Sunday (May 8) despite the four matches they still have to go.

Real Madrid won the King's Cup trophy defeating Barcelona 1-0 on April 20.