Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that he is glad that he is not always the hero at the club but he has asked the supporters to avoid adding pressure onto his players.
Real Madrid Captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas was dropped for the second time this season against Real Sociedad when Madrid won 4-3 on Sunday.
When Mourinho’s name was read out before kick-off, he was met with crowd whistles.
“I do not like to always be in a comfortable situation or be a hero forever,” said the last season La Liga title winner’s manager.
Casillas was also dropped against Malaga when Madrid were defeated 3-2.
During the match against Real Sociedad, Antonio Adan received a red card, just six minutes after kick-off and Casillas was called on as a substitute.
Casillas’ name was cheered by the home fans at the Bernabeu when his name was called out, which clearly showed what the fans wanted.
Mourinho does not mind being considered the bad guy but he believes that the pre-match whistles were disrespectful towards Adan.
“If they whistle me for leaving Iker on the bench, fine, and if they whistle me for poor performances, that’s ok by me,” said Mourinho.
Mourinho’s side is 16 points behind the La Liga title leaders FC Barcelona.
“The fans and the media don’t have a problem with Adan, they have a problem with me for my decision, but Adan suffers for this pressure.
“I think it shows a lack of respect towards Adan. He has been at Madrid 16 years, he came through the youth ranks and he has the right to be happy.
“The media have turned a problem with Mourinho into a lack of respect towards Adan.”