Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, stung by a shock 1-0 loss to Levante, accused the winners of acting and said his own players aren't comfortable with the "dirty side" of football.
Real Madrid's Kaka (right) during Sunday's La Liga match against Levante in Valencia. Pic/AFP
Mourinho, whose side played much of the game with only 10 men after Sami Khedira got sent off for a second yellow card, blasted the referee, his own players and most of all the Levante style of play. "I don't want to take anything away from Levante's merit," the Portuguese told a news conference after the away defeat, Real's first of the season, which leaves them in fourth place, three points behind leaders Valencia and Athletic Bilbao and one back from Barcelona.
"As always, here at their home they let them do as they want and they do it very well," Mourinho charged. "I only have to congratulate them for being clever because they know how to provoke, they know how to fake it, they know how to gain time, they know how not to give the ball, they know all this which is also football. And here I can agree that our players are not at ease in this environment."