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His team may be sweeping up all before them in La Liga this season, but Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has today aired his discontent about the lack of travelling support that his side receives.

Speaking after stretching Madrid’s lead over second placed Barcelona to 13 points with a one nil victory over neighbours Rayo Vallecano, Mourinho said:

“I find it a shame that we are playing in Madrid and there are only 300 of our supporters here. We are the leaders and at Getafe (also in Madrid) we had 30 fans and now 300 at Vallecas.

“Our objectives are for both the team and the supporters and they need to give a bit more. Getafe and Vallecas are very close.”

It is of course it is worth remembering that Spanish football fans have never historically travelled in any great number to follow their team, but Mourinho could actually have a point.

And while it would be totally unrealistic to expect that Real Madrid could experience the same travelling contingent that Mourinho experienced under Chelsea, for only 300 to make the short hop south east to Vallecas is confusing to say the least.

Easily accessible by an extensive Madrid metro system, the Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas is only minutes away from the city centre. The 15,500 capacity stadium is not the biggest in La Liga but even so empty seats were still visible – 13,500 the official attendance figure.

Despite their close proximity to today’s opponents it would be foolish to compare today’s game to attention generated by other same city derbies but for a team that is set to end arch rivals Barcelona’s powerful grip on the La Liga crown then surely now is the time for the Madrid faithful to give their backing to their team.

Just like Granada did when bringing 5,000 to the Bernabeu earlier this year.

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