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Competition healthy for Real, insists Mourinho

5 January 2013 14:47

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has stressed the importance of competition within his squad of players.

Mourinho came in for criticism recently for dropping club captain Iker Casillas in the 3-2 loss to Malaga in December.

The Portuguese has insisted that he has not lost faith in his skipper, instead highlighting the importance of striking a balance between trusting in his players and keeping them competitive.

"All positions are positions of trust, I think it is important for all players, not just for goalkeepers. All players are important," he told reporters.

"I don't think it's best for any player to be in a permanently comfortable zone. Trust is important, but also competitiveness, and what we have to do is try to find the exact point of balance (between the two).

"I think players reach their best levels of play between trust and competitiveness."

Mourinho, one of the candidates for Coach of the Year at the Ballon d'Or ceremony, revealed he would not be attending the event in Zurich on Monday.

"I'm not attending the Ballon d'Or gala, I have a Copa del Rey match on Wednesday against Celta and I have to work."

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3 - 2

Competition
Primera División
Date
22 December 2012
Game week
17
Kick-off
20:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
3 - 2
Venue
Estadio La Rosaleda (Málaga)
Attendance
28004

Goals

Isco 49'
(assist by Joaquín) 
1 - 0
1 - 1
2 - 1
R. Santa Cruz 76'
(assist by Joaquín) 
3 - 1
3 - 2
82' K. Benzema
 (assist by M. Özil)

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
24 73' 76'
16
11
1
17
20
23
# Player Bookings
21
8
19
1
11
27
29

Thursday 25 December

Wednesday 24 December

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Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 15 +42 39
2 16 +34 38
3 16 +17 35
4 16 +16 31
5 16 +13 30

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