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Cup half empty for Mourinho

Updated: January 25, 2012, 2:58 PM ET
By Rob Train

The King's Cup is proving to be more than a mere sideshow to La Liga this season, a fate that often befalls a competition that has traditionally been taken less than seriously by Spain's larger clubs. For many years, it was Real Madrid's club policy to get knocked out as quickly as possible, and even lesser Liga luminaries would habitually field weakened teams. However, with the possibility of getting into the Champions League made all but impossible by the hegemony of the top three, the Europa ...

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