Friday, December 16, 2011

Mourinho looks ahead after Clasico loss

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has insisted he and his players will not dwell on Saturday night's 3-1 defeat to Barcelona, a result that has blown the title race wide open.
Jose Mourinho
GettyImagesJose Mourinho vents his anger as Real Madrid slipped to a home defeat to Barcelona
Mourinho has drawn criticism in the past for his post-Clasico comments, including accusations of Barca bias from officials and claims that opposite number Pep Guardiola is overrated as a manager.
But while he pointed to bad luck as a major factor in his side throwing away a one-goal lead to lose both their unbeaten home record this season and top spot in La Liga, there were no conspiracy theories from the Portuguese boss, who said his team would not let the defeat get them down.
"The first half was balanced, but the goal in second half was pure luck and nothing more, Mourinho said. "After that, they had the psycological supremacy that comes with being in front and they were able to pass the ball around and keep it as they love to do.
"But luck plays a part. At 1-0, we should have gone 2-0 up, which under normal circumstances we would have, because Cristiano [Ronaldo] normally puts the ball in.
"The dressing room is sad but relaxed. But if we beat Sevilla [Real's game in hand over Barca] we will be leaders at Christmas."


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