While Barcelona kept up their prolific form with their 15th win in 16 games by beating second-place Atletico Madrid 4-1, Mourinho’s stuttering Real could only draw 2-2 against lowly Espanyol.
Mourinho said: “The league is now impossible. It is the first time that I have been in a situation like this where my team are a long way off their objectives.
Thirteen points is too big a gap to overcome but what we have to do is go out and play each game. We shouldn’t be thinking about who is first, second or third.
We have to be stronger. I have never dropped so many points before but I don’t want to make a drama out of it.”