Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Spain

David Villa lifted by Real Madrid players © Action Images

Del Bosque concerned over Real-Barca conflict



Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said on Friday he was worried that the deepening conflict between Real Madrid and Barcelona might affect the ambience within the national team.

"We have a problem," said Del Bosque.

According to sports daily Marca, the Spain coach then talked, off the record, about the "possible damage" being done to the national team by the bitter conflict between the twin giants.

There are eight Barca players and four Real players in Del Bosque's Spain squad, and the manager is clearly concerned as to how this conflict might damage the harmony within the world champions that he, and predessor Luis Aragones, worked so hard to build up.

Aragones led Spain to triumph at Euro 2008, Del Bosque guided La Roja to World Cup glory in 2010.

On Wednesday Real and Barca played out a stormy Champions League semifinal first leg, which Barca won 2-0 with late goals from World Player Lionel Messi.

There was an unsightly scuffle at halftime between the players, in which Barca's reserve keeper Jose Manuel Pinto was sent off.

Then Real had midfielder Pepe sent off for an ugly foul on Barca's Dani Alves. Real coach Jose Mourinho was ordered out of the technical area for protesting Pepe's red card, then furiously accused Barca of receiving "special treatment" from Uefa's referees in an explosive post-match outburst.

On Thursday Uefa opened an investigation into the allegations of Mourinho, who seems likely to receive a three-match touchline ban and a heavy fine.

Barca then announced an official complaint to Uefa about Mourinho allegations.

Real, for their part, have filed a complaint to Uefa claiming that the Barca players, in particular Alves, behaved "in an anti-sporting manner."

On Friday, Madrid papers Marca and AS said that Pepe had not actually made contact with Alves in the red card incident, and openly accused Alves of play-acting.

The headline in Marca was "Cheat!" with a picture of Alves. Marca commented that "it was very strange" to see Alves leave on a stretcher -then return to the match in "perfect condition."

Mourinho said on Friday that "the pictures speak for themselves, I have nothing more to say about this."

Del Bosque, for his part, is clearly worried about the Real-Barca conflict getting even worse when the Big Two meet again - for the fourth time within 18 days - in Tuesday's semifinal second leg.

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R152.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
FIFA 14
Xbox 360
R549.00
Mitre Ultimatch Soccer Ball - White
A high quality football, offering high performance at both training and during football matches.
R252.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Live Video Streaming

Thu, 24 Apr @ 05:00
Thu, 24 Apr @ 21:00
Thu, 24 Apr @ 21:00

Sports Talk



Azwihangwisi Mukhuba
Musona-less Chiefs' title hopes fading
Kaizer Chiefs announced that their star striker Knowledge Musona will be out of action for the rest...

Neil Tovey
Reason to feel Chippa
Winning automatic promotion to the PSL is always a fine achievement. Chippa United, however,...

Abiye Opuamah
Sacking Moyes the right decision?
As the news of David Moyes’s sacking reverberates around the football community, there will be more...

Carol Radull
Was Moyes's appointment deliberate?
I know every football blogger in the world has to blog about David Moyes this week and since I’m...

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Finally Moyes is out of his misery
Finally emotions have been replaced by common sense and David Moyes has been put out of his misery...

Dr Errol Sweeney
Coach's behaviour appalling, could lead to deaths of referees
The recent after match comments by the coach of EPL club Chelsea is nothing short of appalling and...