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The Portuguese explained his reasons behind his absence from Los Blancos' unveiling of a new project to upgrade their current training facilities

Jose Mourinho caused controversy by not showing up to a Real Madrid ceremony on Monday, but insisted his decision was for the benefit of his team.

The coach confirmed he received an invite to the presentation, but his mind was elsewhere as he prepared his team for their upcoming tie against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

“The reason is that the day before a game I am focused on work, and I have to be thinking about what I need to do," he snapped during his press conference.

"I know I will be criticised, but if I had gone I would have been criticised just the same, because people would say I was not focused."


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