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Mourinho slammed for axing Casillas

LOSING SUPPORT:Jose Mourinho said he dropped Iker Casillas because Adan Garrido was ‘in better form,’ an explanation that did not go down well with Real fans

AP, BARCELONA, Spain

Perez has been Mourinho’s biggest backer.

He has defended the Portuguese manager every time he has been questioned by the sector of Madrid’s fans who interpret that his aggressive style goes against the club’s proud tradition of always behaving in a “noble” manner. Perez did not flinch even when Mourinho poked Barcelona’s then-assistant and now head manager, Tito Vilanova, in the eye during a melee between the archrivals.

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