Associated Press  |  Last updated December 18, 2012
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(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) By HAROLD HECKLE Associated Press It began as a marriage of convenience between a coach hungry to establish himself at the top of his sport and a club determined to put the brakes on the runaway success of its archrival. For Jose Mourinho, coaching Real Madrid added a major notch to his career, having previously led Inter Milan to the 2010 Champions League title and guiding Chelsea to six trophies in three years. Madrid president Florentino Perez banked heavily on Mourinho having the qualities required to counter Pep Guardiola's stinging victories with Barcelona and also the strength of character to sort out a squad encumbered with ''galactico'' trappings but lacking any silverware. Mourinho had proved his Champions League pedigree early by winning the trophy with Porto in 2004, aged just 41. Perez set aside considerations that Mourinho's fascination with defensive tactics might grate with his team's tradition of overwhelming opponents through atta...
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