Jose Mourinho, Rui Faria, Sergio Ramos and Mesut Ozil all saw red during Los Blancos' 1-1 draw at El Madrigal and the club responded by imposing a media blackoutEmilio Butragueno believes that Real Madrid proved in its 5-1 rout of Real Sociedad on Saturday night that it has not been "unsettled" by its stuttering form of late, or indeed the controversial nature of its midweek meeting with Villarreal.
After being held to a draw at home to Malaga last weekend, Los Blancos dropped two more points in their 1-1 draw at El Madrigal on Wednesday night. That coaching duo Jose Mourinho and Rui Faria, defender Sergio Ramos and attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil were all sent off during the game in Villarreal only seemed to add weight to the argument that Madrid was feeling the strain of trying to maintain its lead over Barcelona at the top of La Liga.
However, Madrid imposed a media blackout after the controversy at El Madrigal and Butragueno believes that the table-toppers allowed their football to do the talking against Sociedad.
"Wednesday's game was very stressful," the Blancos director is quoted as saying by El Mundo Deportivo. "But the match against Villarreal is over. Tonight [Saturday] we played a good game. We have won the first of three important games, with the European Cup to come on Wednesday and then Osasuna in Pamplona on Saturday.
"Clearly we deserved to win against Malaga and at El Madrigal, which was an intense game. But this is something that can happen. We have not been unsettled and we have six points more than Barcelona. And that is not bad."
Madrid now travels to Cyprus to take on APOEL in the first leg of its Champions League quarterfinal tie.
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