Mourinho Downplays Real’s Clasico Defeat

Jose-MourinhoReal Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has admitted that his club’s humiliating, 5-0, loss to rivals Barcelona in Monday’s El Clasico at Camp Nou was a deserved punishment, but the Portuguese manager rejected suggestions that the match ended doubts about who are the best in the Spanish La Liga.

“I don’t think you can say the result reflects the difference between the two teams and the championship isn’t over today and there is still a lot for us to play for in this league as we are only two points behind,” he said. Mourinho, who suffered his first defeat as Real’s coach, said the real test for his club is how they come back after the lopsided loss. “We have to show character. I spoke to the players in the dressing room and when you lose 5-0 like today you have to come back with desire to train hard and win matches again.”

Barca rode on two David Villa goals to extend their Clasico winning streak to five and exact revenge against Mourinho, who guided Inter Milan to a Champions League semifinal victory at Camp Nou last season. Meanwhile, Barca manager Pep Guardiola said that it was indeed a big win for his club, but noted that it was too early to celebrate. “Real are a strong rival and this will be a tough title fight until the end of the season.”

UPDATE : Watch Real Madrid vs FC Barcelona [Champions League first leg] HERE.