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Mourinho: Youngsters are paying for Castilla's different formation

Mourinho: Youngsters are paying for Castilla's different formation

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The Portuguese trainer has been reticent to use Cantera graduates in the first team, but has explained that tactical differences are behind his decision.

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has defended his unwillingness to promote players from Castilla, the club's B team, citing a difference in tactics between the two sides.

The Spanish champion is currently enduring an injury crisis at left back, but the Portuguese coach has opted to use midfielder Michael Essien as a makeshift defender rather than Nacho, who came through the ranks at the Bernebeu.

"We play with a different system, they have another model," he told reporters. "There are Castilla players that play in positions that do not exist in the first team, like Jese [Rodriguez] who plays as a 'nine and a half'.

"Also, our wide players play further forward, and in Castilla they play a 4-4-2. There is limited common ground in terms of the style of play, and the kids are the ones who end up paying the price."

Mourinho has called up three youngsters, Jose Rodriguez, Alex and Ruben Yanez to the squad to face Alcoyano in Copa Del Rey on Wendesday, with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil rested.


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