Mid-Day Ticker: Pique, Xavi call out Mourinho; Ronaldinho recalled and more

Mid-Day Ticker: Pique, Xavi call out Mourinho; Ronaldinho recalled and more

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Mid-Day Ticker: Pique, Xavi call out Mourinho; Ronaldinho recalled and more

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Barcelona stars Gerard Pique and Xavi aren't hiding their feelings when it comes to Real Madrid and its coach Jose Mourinho.

In the aftermath of Wednesday's SuperCopa second leg, Mourinho took a lot of heat from Barcelona players for his tactics and actions during a melee following a harsh challenge by Madrid fullback Marcelo. Mourinho himself got involved by going after Barcelona assistant coach Tito Vilanova's face.

"Mourinho is destroying Spanish football," Pique said according to the Associated Press.

Added Xavi: "Real Madrid should be concerned about the image it is giving, it's very damaging. Marcelo's tackle has no place in football. Totally shameless, a real shame for football in general this image generated by Real Madrid."

Here are a few more stories from around the soccer world:


As it turns out, Ronaldinhno's international career isn't through after all.

The former World Player of the Year was called into Brazil's national team by coach Mano Menezes for a friendly against Ghana on Sept. 5 in London.

Ronaldinho, who has resurrected his club career with a strong showing at Flamengo, last played for Brazil last Novemeber, but he was excluded from the 2010 World Cup and 2011 Copa America squads.


Chelsea will be without starting goalkeeper Peter Cech for up to a month after he suffered a knee ligament injury in training.

The Blues will turn to either Ross Turnbull or Hilario to stem the tide while Cech recovers. They face West Brom in their home opener this weekend.


Talks between Inter Milan and Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala over a transfer for Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o have hit a snag.

It appeared the clubs were set for Eto'o to make the unusual yet lucrative move, but reports suggest that it might not be such a certainty any more, although talks between the two clubs will continue. Anzhi reportedly offered a €25 million transfer fee to Inter on top of a three-year deal with €15 million per season to Eto'o.


What do you think of the comments on Mourinho? Is he good or bad for the Spanish game? Happy to see Ronaldinho back with Brazil? How do you see Chelsea faring without Cech? Can you see Eto'o playing in Russia?

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