Cristiano Ronaldo was the headline grabber with three of the goals but the bigger story was Kaka scoring his first goal after returning from an eight month injury layoff. Jose Mourinho celebrated in his usual over the top style which led to this bit of agitprop by Cani. The Villareal midfielder was punished with a red card. Later, Mou stated he was not taunting the opposition.
“I went to celebrate the goal with my son who was behind the visitors’ bench, and the Villarreal players thought I was provoking them,” Mourinho told the post-match news conference.
“I hope that when one swears on their son they believe you. I think this (situation) comes from a state of affairs where everything I do is always classed as negative.”
Villareal played some scintillating football in the first half with Marco Ruben artfully chipping the ball over Iker Casillas to send the Yellow Submarines up by 2-1. But Real’s muscularity embodied by Ronaldo proved too much. See the third goal – a remarkable piece of hustle. The Merengues are keeping it close with Barca on top by just two points.