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Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini has stated that Barcelona and Real Madrid's attitude and behavoiur prior to, during and after their Champions League tie was poor

The ex-Real Madrid coach and current boss of Malaga, Manuel Pellegrini, laments his old club and rivals Barcelona for their behaviour around the Champions League semi-final.

The El Clasico clubs' coaches, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, were caught up in a war of words prior to the game, Pepe and reserve Blaugrana goalkeeper Jose Pinto were sent off during it and UEFA is threatening action against both sides in the aftermath of an ugly tie.

"It was unfortunate. But everything, before the game, during the game - because it was a terrible game, and worse after the game. Football is getting out of the parameters that were common in Spain," the Chilean told Marca.

The Boquerones' boss distinguished himself in coaching terms at Villarreal before moving onto the Bernabeu and, subsequently, to Malaga.

"I do not want to compare [Spain] with another country, but this is not the way [to act] since I have lived here. Never in the seven years I have been directing or before [with] amateur teams. Before, everything was more focused on the pitch and less about the bickering," Pellegrini continued.

The sides are due to meet again on Tuesday night in their second leg at the Camp Nou, and tempers are set to be high given the niggle between the sides.

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