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The former centre-back has spoken about the importance of the Portuguese coach's mind games, but says the infamous affair 14 months ago was a step too far



Former Real Madrid defender Rafael Alkorta says that he understands the controversy that Jose Mourinhocreates in El Clasico matches, but believes his actions last season were unacceptable.

The 44-year-old won two Liga titles with the club during the 1990's and experienced several crunch clashes with arch-rivals Barcelona.

But after the infamous eye gouging incident, in which Mourinho physically hurt Blaugrana coach Tito Vilanova, Alkorta described it as "the worst gesture" he had seen.

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The 44-year-old said: “Mourinho, I understand him to a certain extent, when he did everything to provoke.

“I've played and seen many clasicos and I can assure you that this is the worst gesture that has ever existed in the history of this rivalry," he told France Football.

"It is normal to get excited in such an action packed game, but on that occasion Mourinho went too far.”

He then added that the former Chelsea and Inter coach had no need to add any further fuel to the rivalry between the two clubs.

“Mourinho no longer needs to ignite El Clasico," he added.

"Today's Real is stronger, especially mentally. He demonstrated, especially in La Liga last season, that Madrid had lost their complex and they could make their law, even in Camp Nou.

"What happened last time was because he knew that his team was less (not as good) on the pitch and it was necessary to find tricks to try to beat Barca.”

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