Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho claims that his team now cannot win La Liga after falling 13 points behind league leaders Barcelona after they were held to a 2-2 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu by joint-bottom side Espanyol.
A last gasp equaliser from substitute Juan Albin saw Madrid throw away two points in a flash and Mourinho’s men now look a world away from Tito Vilanova’s high-flying team who thumped their nearest rivals Atletico Madrid 4-1, with the simply unstoppable Lionel Messi scoring another two goals in the process.
Former Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan boss Mourinho now fears that the title cannot be won by his players, even with the ever-consistent Cristiano Ronaldo in this line-up.
“The league is now impossible,” said the Portuguese 49-year-old.
“It is the first time that I have been in a situation like this where my team are a long way off their objectives.
“But I don’t want to make a drama out of it, I will treat it as another stage of my life.
“It is practically impossible. There are too many points to make up at this stage. Last season, we had a 10-point lead in February and La Liga was ours,” he continued.
The disappointed manager praised his compatriot Ronaldo for his performance for the team, but was a little less happy with the other players.
“Cristiano (Ronaldo) played well but his team-mates didn’t. The attitude has been good and what we need is a bit of calm and luck.
“For the effort of the players we deserved to win but we wasted clear cut chances.”