|Florentino Perez with the Real Madrid captains|
In one of the talks that have taken place in the last hours in Valdebebas, Cristiano Ronaldo complained to team captains and to other colleagues of the squad that there is no one at the club to protect them against the media attacks, especially at the end of the matches. For example, when CR7 has suffered insults, persecution by the opposing team or an opponent criticized him vehemently, the Portugues has missed an authoritative voice to talk to the media for a defense.
A view shared by some of his companions, who at certain times of the season have missed that figure, now played by Emilio Butragueño. However, the profile of 'El Buitre' does not respond to what is requested from the locker room, as the director of institutional relations avoids polemics. In that way, some people miss the figure of Jorge Valdano at the role of spokesman. The Argentinian was heard at the end of each meeting, and his words sounded louder. He also had praise for the players.
It is true that Mourinho fulfills that role. His speech, of course, is good for the squad. He usually defends his players unconditionally. But it is also true that the Portuguese coach is measuring, more than ever, his public appearances, so the shield of Mourinho is not always there. It is also considered in the locker room that when Aitor Karanka is coming to the press conference, his words do not have the same importance althought the content, how it could not be otherwise, is exactly the same.