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LA LIGA: Mourinho to leave Real Madrid at end of season

AFP, MADRID

Thereafter, club icon Iker Casillas became the subject of the former Chelsea boss’ ire as he was dropped in favor of Diego Lopez and has not played at all since January.

Madrid’s season did briefly come together in seven days as February turned into March, with victories over Barca in the Copa del Rey and Manchester United in the Champions League.

However, after also getting beyond Galatasaray, Mourinho’s Madrid were once again eliminated in the semi-finals of the Champions League as this time a 4-1 hammering at the hands of Borussia Dortmund in the first leg gave them too much of a mountain to climb in the return, despite a late rally to win 2-0 on the night.

Madrid’s miserable campaign was completed by a first defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu in 17 months in the Copa final as Atletico won a derby for the first time in 14 years to force Mourinho to accept it had been the “worst season of his career.”

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