Real Madrid’s second El Clasico defeat in one week was slammed by former manager Jose Mourinho, who believes Los Blancos were bereft of both happiness and belief.
Madrid slumped to a 1-0 defeat in their own stadium, courtesy of a sublime first half chip from Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic.
The loss came just three days after Barca had ran out 3-0 victors at the Bernabeu and, speaking as a pundit on beIN Sports, Mourinho pulled no punches with his assessment of current affairs for the Galacticos.
‘It was not a performance of a happy team. Not a performance of a team with great belief or self-esteem,’ said the former Manchester United boss.
‘They couldn’t bring to the game what I used to call the temperature of the big matches… I cannot speak of a bad performance it was just a soft performance.
Madrid have experienced one of their poorest seasons, having slipped well off the pace in La Liga. They now sit in third place, 12 points behind leaders Barca and two adrift of Atletico – who face Real Sociedad on Sunday.
After sacking Julen Lopetegui midway through the season Madrid promoted Santiago Solari to first team duties.
The miserable spell however has led many to assume Solari will be moving on in summer, with Mourinho hotly tipped for a return.
Ramon Calderon is to return as club president next season, and is known to rate Mourinho extremely highly. Likewise, in recent weeks, La Liga president Javier Tebas talked up the qualities of the Portuguese.
In response to the speculation, Mourinho admitted he was flattered, but very much in the dark.
‘Honestly, in relation to the words of Mr Tebas the league president, I think it’s very flattering that he names me as somebody who could bring something to his league.
‘Mr Calderon, obviously the next president of Real Madrid – I’m pretty sure he has some general information on the club of his passion.
‘He knows more than me! I know absolutely nothing about it [manager’s job] at all.’