Mourinho meltdown: Jose clashes with Ramos who says 'you've never played, you don't know what happens'
Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid meltdown continues after revelations of heated arguments with top players – including vice-captain Sergio Ramos – have been revealed by Spanish paper Marca.
Madrid were defeated at home by Barcelona 2-1 in the Copa Del Rey last Wednesday and the club came in for much criticism over the manner of the loss.
Pepe has been castigated for stamping on Lionel Messi’s hand and Mourinho's negative tactics against the Spanish and European champions have also been questioned.
Meltdown: Mourinho has clashed with a number of high-profile players
And the strain is starting to show at Madrid where the manager and players exchanged heated words during training on Friday.
During Friday's session, Mourinho is reported by Marca to have turned to Ramos and said: 'You (guys) killed me (with your quotes to journalists) in the mixed zone.'
Ramos is said to have replied: 'No, boss, you only read what was published in the press, not everything we said.'
According to Marca, Mourinho then hit out at the supposed Spanish clique as he responded: 'Of course, as you Spanish are world champions, your friends in the press protect you… like the goalkeeper.'
Iker Casillas overheard this remark and countered: 'Boss, here we say things to our faces, eh…'
Mourinho then returned to berate Ramos and asked: 'Where were you for the first goal, Sergio'
Who, me Ramos hit back at Jose after being accused of marking the wrong man
'Marking Gerard Pique,' he answered, to which the Portuguese replied: 'Well, you should have been marking (goalscorer, Carlos) Puyol.'
Ramos then claimed he and his team-mate had switched marking duties prior to the set piece.
'He (Puyol) and Pique were drawing the defenders (to leave space for others) and we decided to change the marking (responsibilities),' the Sevilla-born star is said to have told his trainer.
'What's this then' Mourinho retorted. 'Now you're trying your hand as coach are you'
'No, but depending on the match situation, sometimes it's necessary to change the marking,' Ramos hit back.
'And as you have never been a (professional) player, you wouldn’t know that this is sometimes necessary.'
Flashpoint: Pepe landed himself in hot water for an alleged stamp on Messi
Pepe has since apologised for his apparent stamp on Messi's hand which mared the El Clasico match in the Spanish capital.
The Portugal international insisted the act, which was missed at the time by the referee, was 'unintentional'.
He said: 'I wish to say yesterday's incident with Leo Messi was unintentional, but I nevertheless want to apologise to him if he was offended because all I do is defend my team and this institution.
'I give my heart and soul, and the thought of hurting a colleague has never entered my mind.'