Mourinho: Real’s title hopes slipping away

Jose Mourinho admits it will be ‘difficult’ for Real Madrid to win the La Liga title after their shock 1-0 loss to Osasuna on Sunday.

Javier Camunas was the hero for Osasuna at the Estadio Reyno de Navarra, with his second-half winner meaning Real have now slipped seven points behind league leaders Barcelona.

Barca have lost just once this season and seem destined to claim their third straight title, and even Mourinho admits his side have a mountain to climb if they are to resurrect their championship hopes.

“This is our second defeat in La Liga and we are in a very difficult situation with respect to the first-place team,” Mourinho said.

“I don’t like to lose when you give the match away by not playing, not fighting or not being committed or focused. That is not the case.”

“Tonight the other team played its heart out and had a week to prepare for the match. They played to the brink.”

“My players have done their jobs with dignity and I have nothing to reproach them for, they fought to the end. We lost three points that we didn’t deserve to lose.”

“Tomorrow is a new day. There will be another match and we will be there.”

Mourinho paid tribute to struggling Osasuna, who broke an eight-game winless run with their victory on Sunday.

“Osasuna are a tough team and the crowd was fantastic,” Mourinho said. “I don’t think many teams win here.”

“We had opportunities to score in both halves, but we haven’t done it. And if the opponents score first it is very difficult. Congratulations to Osasuna.”