Nov 30, 2010

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho portrays 5-0 thrashing by Barcelona as worst beat of his career

Jose Mourinho has tried to calm Real Madrid nerves after their 5-0 thrashing by Barcelona, labeling his most horrible ever defeat "a loss, not a humiliation."

Barcelona dominated the match at Camp Nou to claim the club's major win since the 1993-94 seasons and imposing on Mourinho his heaviest loss in a career that comprises two Champions League triumphs.

It is also Mourinho's first defeat in all rivalry since taking over the Bernabeu club.

Xavi and Pedro Rodriguez put the defensive champion 2-0 ahead inside 18 minutes before Villa scored a second-half brace. Substitute Jeffren Suarez scored in the 90th minute to seal victory in front of almost 100,000 fans.

To add insult to wound for Madrid, they ended the match with 10 men after Sergio Ramos pushed Carles Puyol in the face late on.

"It's the most awful defeat of my career. I've never lost by five goals to zero but it's simple to digest because it was a defeat with no possibility of winning - so it's not hard to believe," Mourinho said. "We are only two points behind the leader so we have to carry on working."

Barcelona are currently two points clear at the top of the league table, with 34 points from 13 games, subsequent a dominant show of one-touch, possession football.

"I leave let down both in my team and my players, independently," Mourinho said. "You have to have character, when you lose by five goals you can't leave weeping, you have to go and work harder. The season (has) not finished today."

Mourinho criticized Madrid's lack of care as Pedro capped a 22-pass build-up with an objective in the 18th minute to make it 2-0.

"I have to be anxious about my team that until now had been playing well and today played very badly," said Mourinho.

"One team played to the utmost of its potential and the other very poorly. It's a well-deserved succeed and well-deserved failure."

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