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With the number of the coach’s players seeing red against Barca continuing to rise, we take a look at the past dismissals the 'Special One' has had to deal with

As the world sits, jumps, dances and cries while watching a seemingly never-ending loop of El Clasico feasts, Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho must be experiencing his very own Groundhog Day feeling.

Wednesday night's Champions League semi-final first-leg defeat to Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu was the fourth Clasico this season in which the 'Special One' was forced to witness one of his own troops handed their marching orders.

But it's not just something in the Spanish water that's giving the master tactician endless grief. Mourinho has faced off with Barca an incredible 14 times in six years, despite not even being in the same domestic league as the Catalans until this term. And, of those 14 meetings, the Portuguese coach has seen his various teams reduced to 10 men on seven separate occasions, with seven different players seeing red.

Is Jose being unfairly targeted? Are Barca extracting favourable decisions from the referees? Or were the red cards justified? Here are Mourinho's seven men who have been sent off against Barcelona.


No.1: Didier Drogba (Barcelona 2-1 Chelsea)
February 23, 2005 - Champions League last-16, first-leg
Drogba was the man to kick-start the growing list of players under Mourinho's guidance to be sent off against Barcelona. The Ivorian striker was given his marching orders on 56 minutes for two yellow cards, the second of which was a late lunge on goalkeeper Victor Valdes as he tried to pounce on a short Juliano Belletti backpass.

Chelsea were leading 1-0 at the time and, not surprisingly, Barca netted twice after the Blues were reduced to 10 men.

OUTCOME FOR MOURINHO: Lost

No.2: Asier del Horno (Chelsea 1-2 Barcelona)
February 26, 2006 - Champions League last-16, first-leg
History was to repeat itself in near-identical fashion almost exactly a year later. In the same competition at the same stage, Mourinho's Chelsea surrendered a one-goal lead and had Asier del Horno dismissed.

The left-back was issued a straight red card on 37 minutes after a challenge on Lionel Messi, a tackle which also sparked a melee between the two sets of players.

OUTCOME FOR MOURINHO: Lost

No.3: Thiago Motta (Barcelona 1-0 Inter)
April 28, 2010 - Champions League semi-final, second-leg
Six further meetings between Jose and Barca went by before the Portuguese tactician saw one of his players sent off again. This time it was with Inter in the semi-finals.

Leading 3-1 from the first-leg at home, Mourinho's men were forced to go ultra-defensive at Camp Nou when Thiago Motta was red carded in the 28th minute after the midfielder's raised arm made contact with Sergio Busquets' face. Mourinho's side lost the game 1-0 but won the tie 3-2 on aggregate.

OUTCOME FOR MOURINHO: Lost

No.4: Sergio Ramos (Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid)
November 29, 2010 - La Liga, Matchday 13
Mourinho's first ever Clasico ended unceremoniously in more ways than one. The Portuguese was subjected to his heaviest defeat as a professional coach and Madrid suffered their heaviest loss against Barca in 16 years.

And, of course, the 'Special One' only had 10 men on the field come the final whistle after Sergio Ramos was brandished a straight red two minutes into injury time for a cynical tackle on Lionel Messi.

OUTCOME FOR MOURINHO: Lost

No.5: Raul Albiol (Real Madrid 1-1 Barcelona)
April 16, 2011 - La Liga, Matchday 32
Mourinho achieved two things in his second ever Clasico: for the first time he avoided defeat against Barca when he only had 10 men, and he also stopped the Catalans' run of five straight wins over Madrid.

But the capital club had to do it the hard way, coming from behind after Messi scored a penalty. The spot-kick was a result of Raul Albiol hauling David Villa to the ground inside the box, a foul which saw the centre-back dismissed with a straight red card.

OUTCOME FOR MOURINHO: Drew

No.6: Angel Di Maria (Barcelona 0-1 Real Madrid AET.)
April 20, 2011 - Copa del Rey final
Mourinho's third Clasico ended on a happy note, albeit again with 10 men. The 'Special One' guided Madrid to the Copa del Rey after a 1-0 extra-time win over Barcelona in the final.

However, Angel Di Maria was sent off in the 120th minute after a trip on Lionel Messi earned him his second yellow card of the match. The Argentine winger had already been booked in the 85th minute for handball.

OUTCOME FOR MOURINHO: Won

No.7: Pepe (Real Madrid 0-2 Barcelona)
April 27, 2011 - Champions League semi-final, first leg
One of the most controversial red cards on the list, almost exactly a year after Thiago Motta's equally contentious sending off.

Pepe was sent for an early bath when he lunged forward to challenge Dani Alves for the ball, but the referee deemed that the Portuguese defender-turned-midfielder had caught the Barca right-back with a high foot and was given a straight red card. After Madrid went down to 10, Lionel Messi netted twice to secure a 2-0 win.

OUTCOME FOR MOURINHO: Lost

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