Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 1/10/13
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Cristiano Ronaldo defended Jose Mourinho after Real Madrid progressed in the Copa del Rey. Ronaldo hit a hat-trick as Real went through to the next round. Madrid started the night 2-1 behind against Celta Vigo but Ronaldo got them out of trouble with a brilliant treble in a 4-0 win, just two days after missing out on the Ballon D'or award to Lionel Messi for the fourth year in a row. Progression in the cup was vital for Mourinho, who has lost the support of some of the fans of late owing to their capitulation in the title race and his decision to drop goalkeeper Iker Casillas. According to Ronaldo, though, his fellow Portuguese deserves the support of all at the club. "I know him and he is a great professional. He is in charge and we have to respect his decisions," he said on realmadrid.com. The support for Ronaldo and his team-mates was noticeable and Ronaldo is grateful to the supporters for their unity. "I have to thank the fans, they are with the team. I am very happy about...
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