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Former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is surprised Los Blancos are not leading Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in La Liga.
The Spanish giants, now managed by Carlo Ancelotti, have dropped to third after successive defeats against Barcelona and Sevilla.
– Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
I'm a little bit surprised.
I thought Real Madrid would be on top, with more of an advantage, because Barcelona have dropped many points this season than they have in previous years.
Real Madrid's title challenge unravelled on Wednesday night as they suffered back-to-back defeats with a 2-1 loss at Sevilla.
The loss, coupled with wins elsewhere for Barca and Atletico Madrid, means they are now three points off the pace with their destiny out of their hands.
All appeared to be well when Cristiano Ronaldo put them ahead, but a host of missed chances and a Carlos Bacca brace condemned them to defeat.
Busquets stepping on Pepe's face: http://t.co/uah9RV3dt4
Sergio Busquets sinks his studs into Pepe's head as the Brazilian lies on the floor, pretending to be injured during last night's Clasico.
Cristiano Ronaldo was unrestrained in his criticism of referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco after Real Madrid's 4-3 defeat to Barcelona in El Clasico.
The Portugal winger scored Real's third goal from a penalty he himself won, with Dani Alves' foul clearly outside the penalty area.
Despite that gift, though, Real and Ronaldo were angered by two subsequent Barcelona penalties, the first of which saw Sergio Ramos sent off before both were converted by hat-trick here Lionel Messi.
– Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo
We are sad because we knew we deserved more, but the fight goes on.
It is difficult because a lot of people did not want us to win and Barcelona would have been out of it.
Maybe they don't want Real Madrid to win this Liga. I've been here for five years, so I know how a lot of things are and I hope to win it regardless of this.
It's a feeling of sadness after being 3-2 up and controlling the game. The referee made some unbelievable decisions, but you have to carry on.