By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Unlike La Liga rivals Barcelona, youth players from the Real Madrid academy rarely make their mark in the first team.
Although Mourinho has given opportunities to the likes of Jose Rodriguez and Nacho Fernandez in Copa del Rey fixtures, his decision to play Michael Essien at right-back instead of a defender from the club's Castilla squad during an injury crisis was considered to be an indication of a lack of faith in the players produced by the club's youth system.
When questioned about his choice at a conference, the Los Blancos manager candidly revealed that the players of the reserve squad are simply not good enough to feature in his starting line-up, prompting rumours of a row between himself and Castilla manager Alberto Toril.
Speaking to Marca, Portugal believes Mourinho should have found a better way to deal the issue, instead of putting down the Real youth players publically.
"If someone claims to have a high media profile, to know exactly what they get from and what they can give to the media, they should not say obvious things and throwaway remarks that, even if true, are destructive for youngsters with their whole future ahead of them, both those on the pitch and on the bench," he explained.
The 56-year old considers Mourinho's comments to have been destructive to the club's unity and spirit.
"We are the ones with the responsibility and with years of experience, we cannot enter into debates that are hugely distracting and damaging to many people and to the club as an institution," Portugal said.