Journalists have staged a mass walk-out at Real Madrid's press conference ahead of their match against Barcelona on Saturday after Jose Mourinho refused to answer any qustions, instead delegating the responsibility to assistant coach Aitor Karanka. When Karanka first came out without Mourinho in tow, several members of the media left the room, prompting the coach to find and retrieve his significantly more illustrious boss. However, when the Special One did finally emerge he refused to speak, prompting more than 100 journalists to leave the room.
Karanka didn't seem to think that Mourinho not talking to the media was a particularly big deal, and that's backed up by the fact that this has happened before this season without seeing hundreds of journalists walk out of the room:
Every time the coach talks everything is blown out of proportion. He (Mourinho) doesn't want his words blown out of proportion and he doesn't want to be the one who raises the temperature ahead of the match. It's just one way that we have of working.
I also represent the institution of Real Madrid and it is not the first time I have sat here.
It's a little bit weird that a coach refusing to answer questions before a big match is such a big deal, but considering the atmosphere around both el clasico and Mourinho's personal charm, I guess it shouldn't be a surprise that the media really wanted to grab some juicy quotes from the Special One before the match. He just wasn't going to give them any.