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Real Madrid: Let Us Talk About Football

This is Real Madrid's most important week, but the spotlight is not on whether Modric will take Özil's spot or Coentrao possibly returning to the lineup. Instead, everybody's talking about Mourinho's relationship with Sergio Ramos and Mesut Özil. And that's not good.

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One week prior to visiting the Camp Nou to face FC Barcelona, all that Real Madrid fans are focused on is Mourinho's relationship with Sergio Ramos or Mesut Özil. Real Madrid's second captain wore Özil's jersey under his own in Real Madrid's second half against Deportivo. Özil was substituted after just 45 minutes and Spain's TV Program El Día Después showed how Mourinho asked for the German player to run and have more presence.

Ramos stated on his Twitter account that the jersey was meant to dedicate his first goal of the season to his friend Özil, but it's not very smart to wear his jersey two weeks after being on the bench against Manchester City, especially with the Spanish press reporting that his relationship with Real Madrid's Coach José Mourinho has turned sour. He added via Twitter that he gets along with Mourinho just fine.

The point of this article is not to talk about Mourinho's relationship with the Spanish center-back. It's impossible to know how they really get along. And it's not interesting either, as long as both of them do their jobs. It's obvious that the press is on Ramos's side, as they've been looking for more insight ever since Mourinho arrived to the club. But Sergio Ramos should have known better than to talk about this petty stuff before a must-win match against Ajax and the first really competitive Clásico of the season.

Real Madrid's fans and press should talk about football--and leave the gossip behind.

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