Nou Camp bad blood continues for Bernabeu coach.
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has accused Barcelona of gamesmanship and playacting, labelling the Catalonians a ‘small team’.
Another El Classico was overshadowed by the antics of the two sets of players, who embarked on a touchline melee following the sending off of Marcelo.
The subsitutiues and coaches all got involved with Mourinho thrusting a finger in the ear of Barca assistant Tito Vilanova, and receiving a slap for his actions.
Mourinho, who will this season serve a Champions League touchline ban after comments made about his rivals last season, could now face further action.
This did not bother him as he questioned the Catalans’ sporting morals and was particularly unhappy about the lack of ball-boys after half-time with Barcelona 2-1 up and 4-3 ahead on aggregate.
He said: “Real Madrid gave a spectacular performance from the first to the last minute. We came here to play.
“What I’m about to say is not a criticism, I’m just stating a fact: there were no ball-boys in the second half, which is typical of small teams when experiencing difficulties.
“I’m not going to say we’re happy because we didn’t win the Spanish Super Cup, that would be hypocritical of me.
“But we intended to play like men and not fall on the ground at the slightest touch.”
Despite the controversy, Mourinho feels his team are getting closer to Barca, who pipped Madrid to the La Liga title last season and knocked them out of the Champions League.
“We feel like we played two very good games in their entirety,” he added. “This team is better than it was last year.
“The longer you work with people, the better the conditions are to have a better year.
“We played nine games this pre-season and proved to be better than we were last year in the last two.
“I’m happy with the progress my men have made.”
Barca defender Gerard Pique was clear in his opinion on where the blame lay and claims the ‘Special One’ is ruining Spanish football.
“I do not talk about the brawl,” the Spain international said. “But it’s a shame, it is not the first time and it’s always the same.
“Someone has to take action on the matter. Mourinho is destroying Spanish football. There is talk about the Catalans, but the problem is with Madrid.
“I think it’s going too far. It cannot always end well. In the end this will end very badly.”
Mourinho’s opposite number Pep Guardiola did not wade into the issue but had a word of caution for those involved in the tense atmosphere on the pitch.
“The images speak for themselves,” he said.
“We must be careful, because one day we will cause harm, not on the field but off, and we’re all a little responsible for this. ”