With Kofi Owusu Aduonum
Real Madrid departed Camp Nou heads down and in silence last night. While five kilometres away Barcelona’s fans spilled on to Las Ramblas in celebration, there was not a word from the men their team had defeated.
None of Real Madrid’s players faced the media. José Mourinho did – on the night he suffered the worst defeat of his coaching career.
He conceded there could be no excuse. He also admitted he had spent the second half, during which he barely ventured from his dugout, merely watching the clock run down, knowing there was no way back.
“This is the first time I have ever been beaten 5-0,” Mourinho said. “It is a historically bad result for us. It is not a humiliation but I am very disappointed. It is sad for us.
“But it is not difficult for me to swallow. What’s difficult to swallow is when you lose a game because you have hit the post or the referee has been bad.
I have left here in that state before with Chelsea and Inter Milan but that was not the case tonight. It is easy for me to take because it is fair.
“We played very, very badly and they were fantastic.
We gifted them two goals that were bordering on the ridiculous. It is our own fault.”