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Arbeloa Defends Mou

Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa has defended Jose Mourinho following comments from Napoli boss Rafa Benitez saying that the Portuguese damaged the reputation of the club.

Benitez said that new coach Carlo Ancelotti would "restore the values" of the club following Mourinho's exit after three years in charge - the last of which was constantly surrounded in controversy.

Arbeloa, though, has continued to defend Mourinho and feels that the coach was never afraid to speak his mind and make decisions.

"I think that this issue about the club’s values has been used as a weapon against Real Madrid," he told Efe. "It has conveniently been used on occasion.

"I feel that the most important thing is that the team has given everything it has got out on the field to win. I might add that Santiago Bernabeu was a president who always spoke his mind.

"If you look back at everything that Mourinho has said, you’ll see that those values are present in the words he says – to win by giving everything to defend the Real Madrid crest.

"When you spend three years at a club like Real Madrid you cannot always make the right decisions. We all make mistakes, I make mistakes every day. When you are Real Madrid’s coach and you have to make many big decisions, you are bound to get some wrong. I am sure that Mourinho made mistakes but he made them with the belief that he was doing the best for the team and without any bad intentions. Nobody is perfect.

"Now with Ancelotti, the same could happen. I am sure he will get a lot of decisions right and some, he’ll get wrong."

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