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In Mourinho's absence, assistant coach Karanka was reluctant to talk about the Portuguese tactician's feelings but focused on the rest of the season for Real Madrid

Real Madrid were left dumped out of the Champions League at the hands of Barcelona as they were unable to overturn a 2-0 first leg defeat.

In a game which saw Pepe sent off, Real Madrid also saw Jose Mourinho sent to stands and banned from the touchline in the return leg tonight which saw assistant, Aitor Karanka, prowl the technical area in Mourinho’s absence.

Speaking to the press after the game Karanka said; “We spoke to [Jose] Mourinho before the game, but we couldn’t during the match.

“We could not have any communication with him, so we knew we had to talk to him before. But we have spoken to him after the game, and he congratulated the team. But just like everyone at Real Madrid, he is incensed as well.

"It was not easy today. The coach said it was impossible to progress to the final and today we have seen that that was the case.”

On Gonzalo Higuan's disallowed goal on 47 minutes, Karanka believes that it was a turning point.

"Millions of people saw the goal. There is no need to say any more on it.

"We would've been back in the tie if the goal hadn't been annulled. That was enough to change everything. I have not seen it again live but everyone says that it was legal." 

Kaka’s inclusion was a surprise to many but the assistant coach supported the Brazilians involvement: “Kaka has played a few games and looked good. We thought it was the player we needed to make the difference”.

Speaking about the remainder of the season, Karanka added: “The balance of the season is not finished because the league has not yet ended. Madrid will always keep fighting in the face of adversary."

Real Madrid trail Barcelona by eight points in La Liga with four rounds to play.

 

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