Real Madrid manager José Mourinho has refuted talk that his team was humiliated after suffering a 5-0 defeat at the hands of arch-rivals Barcelona on Monday night.
Goals from Xavi, Pedro, a double from David Villa and a last-gasp effort from Jeffren saw Barcelona inflict the worst defeat of Mourinho’s career in the Portuguese’s first Clasico.
Despite admitting that his team’s performance was poor, Mourinho strongly denied that the result represents a humiliation for his team.
“One team played very good, one team very bad,” Mourinho said. “One deserved to win and deserved to lose. Humiliated? No. It’s easy to deal with this loss, we just weren’t good enough.
“We gifted them two goals that were almost ridiculous. I was watching the game. I tried to change things at the interval and we came out quite well, but then they scored again and there was nothing I could do – the game was lost.
“Last week we had a point more than Barcelona and today we have a point less. And as I have always said, Barca is the finished article while Madrid is still a long way off that.”
Meanwhile Real midfielder Xabi Alonso insists the defeat should not dent the Madrid-based club’s title challenge, insisting that the early goal had a great effect on the overall performance.
“We didn`t expect a game like this but there’s a lot of the season left and this isn’t over,” Alonso told AS. “They have made things a lot easier for themselves by scoring the first so early and then getting the second quickly. It’s been very difficult. We have to learn from the mistakes we’ve made.”