Mourinho's top 10 excuses for poor Real Madrid displays

By Ben Hayward | Spanish Football Writer

Jose Mourinho is under pressure. The Portuguese saw his side lose their sixth match of the season on Wednesday night, as they went down 2-1 in the Copa del Rey, and it would have been worse had Cristiano Ronaldo not struck a late goal which makes Madrid favourites to progress to the last eight.

Mourinho’s Madrid have now lost as many times this term as in his debut season at the Santiago Bernabeu (six), and last night’s defeat means his team have now been beaten in all four competitions in 2012-13 (Liga, Champions League, Spanish Supercopa and Copa del Rey).

The Supercopa was claimed after beating Barca in the second leg, but the champions are 11 points adrift of the Catalans in the Primera Division and looked second best in both games against Borussia Dortmund (a loss and a draw) in the Champions League, having to settle for the runners-up spot in Group D.

The Portuguese has never lost more than nine times in a single season (at Uniao Leiria and Porto in 2001-02), but that record is now in danger as he approaches Christmas with six losses suffered already.

And he is running out of reasons for his side’s sub-par showings. Here, takes a look at 10 of the coach’s excuses since moving to Madrid in 2010.

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