Jose Mourinho accuses Real Madrid of lacking belief after Barcelona defeat


Real Madrid's season reached a fresh nadir with a second defeat to Barcelona in four days.

The Blaugrana earned their fourth straight win at the Bernabeu - and they're the first side in La Liga history to do that - thanks to Ivan Rakitic's 26th minute strike. 

It says a lot that the only Real players to cause a stir have been attracting negative attention. 

Marco Asensio was guilty of a ridiculous act of simulation, Gareth Bale was booed off, and Sergio Ramos reportedly left Lionel Messi with blood in his mouth following a needless elbow.

Incidentally, Ramos has now suffered more El Clasico defeats than any other player, with 20 losses. It leaves Los Blancos an almost certainly insurmountable 12 points off the top and talk has already turned to who will replace Santiago Solari in the summer. 

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The Argentine has been unable to turn his side around having taken over from Julen Lopetegui in November. 

Perhaps that should indicate to Florentino Perez that there are far deeper problems in the Spanish capital than just the manager.

The club's next generation are yet to fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo and their decision to abandon their 'galactico' policy is looking more questionable all the time. 

We all know how things work at Real. It will be Solari who takes the fall, especially as it is easy to attack his inexperience after making the step up from Castilla. 

And nobody was more willing to rub salt in the wounds than the man who many believe could be his replacement: Jose Mourinho. 

Mourinho: Real look unhappy 

The Portuguese has been appearing as a pundit on BeIN Sports regularly since leaving Manchester United and he was not impressed with the mentality he saw from the European champions. 

"I think it was not a happy performance, it was not a performance of a happy team," Mourinho said.

"It was not a performance of a team with great belief and self-esteem.

"Clearly, they are now in a zone after a few bad results, especially the cup match, where they are in a low.

"And they couldn't bring to the game what I used to call 'the temperature' of the big matches. 

"They were passive. I cannot speak about a bad performance, it's not a 'bad' performance. I think it's just a 'soft' performance. 

Real Madrid CF v FC Barcelona - La Liga

"Sometimes you play like this against medium teams and in the end you get a positive result. But against the top teams, you have to do much more than this if you want to win."

Sceptics will say Mourinho has one eye on the Real job, even if his last spell there was filled with acrimony and controversy. 

Whatever happens this summer, though, it's becoming increasingly clear that something has got to change. 

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