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Mourinho seethes after Real loss

3 February 2013 02:35

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho believes he is unfairly blamed for his side's defeats and receives little credit for their victories.

Speaking after his side went down at 1-0 Granada in La Liga on Saturday, Mourinho fumed at his side's display and sarcastically suggested the result was his fault.

A Cristiano Ronaldo own goal - the first of his career - handed the hosts a fairytale lead after the forward's attempted clearance diverted off his head and flew into Diego Lopez's net.

Karim Benzema had the opportunity to cap off Real's fightback at the death, but shockingly side-footed wide from point-blank range to summarise a miserable outing for the Spanish champions.

"When we win and everyone plays well it's the result of self management, but when we lose it's the responsibility of the coach," an irate Mourinho told reporters.

"So we didn't play well today, we weren't ourselves, so now I'm the one responsible.

"We didn't manage a draw, and the result bothers me. It bothers me also that in the first half we were terrible, and, even if we tied in the second half, there would have been very little to be satisfied about."

The 50-year-old found fault with Barcelona again, citing the Liga leaders as having an extra day to recuperate after their Copa del Rey encounter on Wednesday.

"It's been clear for a long time that teams do not have control of their calendar. It was a huge and physically exhausting game on Wednesday, yet one team plays today, while the other plays tomorrow. It has always been the case," he said.

"A few of our players who played today were tired, because they worked tremendously in the full game against Barcelona.

"But I don't know why there were others who played today and were tired, yet they were either on the bench, or in the stands, on Wednesday."

Mourinho's season with Real has become dogged with frequent public run-ins with his squad, leading to rumours of him losing the support of his players growing in number.

Granada coach Lucas Alcaraz has insisted their win over a side some 13 spots above them should not be viewed as a complete shock.

The former Recreativo and Racing Santander boss oversaw a win on his debut in the Andalucians' hot seat and ensure his new troops distanced themselves from the drop zone.

And Alcaraz, who replaced Juan Antonio Anquela as coach earlier in the week, was quick to pay tribute to Granada's resilience against their more fashionable opponents, but called for calm from their supporters in the wake of their triumph.

"I was the one who had said this week that we could win, so I was surprised less than others with the result," the 46-year-old told reporters after the home victory.

"I have not made history, but it was a day of celebration for Granada. Maybe we did not see lots of the ball, but the attitude and solidarity of the players deserves credit.

"These games demand that you give almost all of your physical strength and attention, but we cannot delude our fans and their expectations (shouldn't rise)."

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Competition
Primera División
Date
2 February 2013
Game week
22
Kick-off
22:00
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
1 - 0
Venue
Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes (Granada)
Attendance
22000

Goals

Cristiano Ronaldo (OG) 22'  
1 - 0

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
12
21
24
3
13
16
20
# Player Bookings
9
21
12 80'
11
13
15
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