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Sunday, September 16, 2012
Reeling Real's loss draws Mourinho's ire

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Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho ripped his struggling side for its latest defeat as it slipped eight points behind Barcelona in the Primera Division.

"From the first to the last minute we were poor," Mourinho said on www.realmadrid.com about his team's 1-0 loss to Sevilla Saturday. "We were bad in the first half and we were bad in the second half too. They really deserved the win and we deserved the loss more.

Piotr Trochowski lashed home after 69 seconds to secure a 1-0 victory for the hosts and condemn Real to its second league defeat in four games.

Mourinho now faces the task of picking his players up for the visit of Premier League titleholders Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday.

"I worry about my team and the fact that since the start of the official season we have only played well in the Super Cup, a little bit against Valencia and a little bit against Granada," Mourinho said. "That is my concern rather than points. At this moment I have no team."

The outspoken Portuguese coach admitted his side deserved to lose against Sevilla.

"Congratulations to them -- we got what we deserved for how badly we played," Mourinho said. "At this time my team isn't up to scratch but I'm the coach and the responsibility is mine."

Mourinho came out in defense of Cristiano Ronaldo however, saying he cannot be blamed entirely for Real's poor form and suggesting other individuals are also lacking commitment at present.

The Portuguese forward has been at the center of speculation about his future after revealing earlier this month he did not celebrate his two goals against Granada because he was "sad" for professional reasons, but without elaborating.

"I don't think that the rumors of the last couple of weeks have anything to do with it," Mourinho said. "It is about a state of mind and of two or three who aren't thinking like the rest. They are the minds of players which are not committed and for whom football is not a priority in their lives."

"There aren't many involved and it's complicated, but I'm coach and if there are those less committed then it is my fault," he added.

Information from Press Association was used in this report.




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