Jose laments Nou Camp loss

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho claims “it is impossible to win” at the Nou Camp after his side was dumped out of the Copa del Rey by Barcelona.

Los Merengues headed into Wednesday’s night’s quarter-final, second-leg tie 2-1 down from the first leg, and Mourinho insists he was determined to come away with a positive result on the night.
The visitors controlled the game for much of the first half, but found themselves trailing 2-0 at the break thanks to goals from Pedro and Dani Alves.
However, Real came back strongly in the second period and responded with two strikes in four minutes from Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema to level matters.
But it was not enough as Barca held on to claim a 4-3 aggregate victory, with Sergio Ramos receiving his marching orders in the dying minutes for a second bookable offense after he appeared to elbow Sergio Busquets in the face.
Mourinho said: “We came here with the intention of going through. We knew it would be difficult, but that is what we came here to do.
“However I have heard in the dressing room it is impossible to win here. I have played here with Chelsea, Inter (Milan) and Madrid various times and this is nothing new.
“I will congratulate Barcelona for what they did at the Bernabeu last week but not for the qualification.”
The Portuguese tactician refused to admit he had erred in opting for Gonzalo Higuain ahead of goalscorer Benzema, who had impressed as a second-half substitute.
“We played very well in the first half,” he said. “The half-time was very easy for me because if you are not playing well 10 minutes is a very short time, but I only had to speak to the players for a minute.”
Barca coach Pep Guardiola lauded Madrid for pushing his charges all the way, but felt the Catalans deserved to progress to the semi-finals following their performance over the two-legged affair.
“The players have shown a great fortitude and I congratulate them,” declared Guardiola.
“Madrid is a great team and because of that this victory has great merit. Madrid played very well, but over the 180 minutes we were deserving winners.
“They played without pressure, because they knew they had nothing to lose. They pushed high up the field, but we knew they would because we have experience of them doing that here. To turn the tie around you need to play like this.
“It is more difficult to beat Real Madrid every time we play them, and that is why we are so happy. We know the potential they have but throughout both games we have played a good tie.”



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