Mourinho humbled as Barcelona thrash Real

Nov 30, 2010
Bill Mann

The Special One experiences the worst defeat of his career in his first Clasico with Real Madrid

Barcelona 5 Real Madrid 0. Talk your way of that one, Jose Mourinho! A 5-0 thrashing at the Nou Camp on Monday night left Real coach Mourinho contemplating arguably the most disastrous defeat of his illustrious coaching career, and the man who styles himself The Special One sounded more like The Specious One as he faced reporters afterwards. "Loss, yes; humiliation, no," replied Mourinho, who had never before seen one of his teams lose by four goals. "One team played to their potential and one didn't... It was a defeat we deserved, we just weren't good enough. I have spoken to my players and I told them the season has not ended. Who knows what can still happen this year?"

It was Mourionho's first taste of El Clasico, the perpetually passionate encounter between Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga, and it will be one he never forgets, though for all the wrong reasons. In the build-up to the match Mourinho had promised the world "a super game", but while Barca fulfilled his pledge Real fell flat with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Ozil, Gonzalo Higuain and Xabi Alonso left for dead by the hosts' own galaxy of stars.

In front of a global television audience estimated to be 400 million, Barcelona's Argentine striker Lionel Messi put on a masterclass, demonstrating why he is rated the world's greatest. As early as the sixth minute Messi produced a moment of magic with a curling left-foot shot that struck the post with Real keeper Iker Casillas looking on helplessly.

Four minutes later, however, and Barcelona were in front when Andres Iniesta found Xavi with a sweet pass and his strike found the back of the net. Then they extended the lead on 18 minutes after some artistry out wide on the left by David Villa resulted in a cross into the six-yard box that was stabbed home by Pedro.

Messi then created goals three and four for Barcelona in the second-half, both of which were converted by Villa, and substitute Jeffran scored the fifth in injury-time when he chipped Casillas.

Real's frustration was evident in the roughhouse tactics dished out to Messi; as well as being elbowed in the face by Ricardo Carvalho, he was then almost cut in half by a wild Ramos lunge in injury time, an act that earned the Real defender a red card.

All in all it was an ignominious night for Mourinho, and defeat leaves Real trailing league leaders Barcelona by two points. "The championship isn't over today," vowed Mourinho. "We have to show character, train hard and get back to winning. I wish we were playing tomorrow. You have to have character - when you lose by five goals you can't leave crying, you have to go and work harder. You never want to lose by these numbers."

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola was understandably delighted, not just in winning his fifth Clasico in a row, but also in beating Real by the biggest margin since 1994. "We are proud because the world has seen us play the way we like to play," he said, adding with a smile. "I would like to take more points from Madrid but it's not possible. That team, with all that power, are just two points behind, but we are satisfied."

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