‘The Special One’ suddenly looks all too ordinary

Referees aren’t the only ones turning thumbs down at Mourinho’s product. Job security at the top levels of soccer is something few Americans beyond the late George Steinbrenner could appreciate and former great Alfredo Di Stefano, who is revered to this day, recently added his voice to the chorus criticizing Real’s cynical approach to the game.

But the scoreboard after the latest head-to-head meetings spoke loudest of all.

“Football justice was served,” Barca’s Xavi Hernandez said. “The best team got through.”

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Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jlitke(at)ap.org

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