Mourinho: Granada deserved win
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho offered no excuses after his team slumped to a 1-0 La Liga loss at relegation-threatened Granada last night.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s first-half own goal ensured new Granada boss Lucas Alcaraz enjoyed a dream first game in charge with a stunning win against the champions at the Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes. And Mourinho, whose side remained 15 points behind leaders Barcelona, was gracious in defeat.
“I think the result is fair,” the Portuguese said on www.realmadrid.com. “There have been too many defeats. Granada did their job, they scored their goal. They defended in the second half with all of their heart and soul. They have a new coach, new players and had a great night of football here with Real Madrid in front of them.
“They did everything that they could to get this result. We should have scored a goal but because of the great effort that Granada made, I think that the three points have gone to the team that deserved them.”
He added: “The buck stops with me. You lot (the media) always say that same thing. When we win and we play well then it happens on its own, but when we don’t it is the coach’s responsibility. Today we lost and did not play well. Today it didn’t happen on its own – today I’m the one responsible.”
Mourinho could not resist once again hitting out at the scheduling, though, claiming the fixture list had favoured Barça, who visit Valencia tonight. “There is one thing that has been clear for a long time and that is that there are teams that do not have any control over their schedules and the planning of the matches,” said Mourinho, whose side battled out a 1-1 draw with the Catalan club in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final at the Bernabeu on Wednesday night.
“Wednesday was an important match and tremendous physical effort for both teams but one plays today and the other tomorrow. But this team had to respond in a different manner. Some of the players who played today played on Wednesday and others didn’t. There are some of them who were tired because worked hard on Wednesday and there are others that I do not know why they were tired because they were on the bench or in the stands.”