3 Feb 2013 15:00

In the wake of Saturday's "horrible" 1-0 loss to Granada, Mourinho took the burden of blame but insisted modern players should not be getting fatigued

Buck me: Mourinho accepts the blame for ANOTHER Real Madrid defeat Buck me: Mourinho accepts the blame for ANOTHER Real Madrid defeat

Denis Doyle

Jose Mourinho insisted that he was to blame as his Real Madrid side suffered a 1-0 La Liga defeat to Granada.

A Cristiano Ronaldo own goal saw the Blancos slip to their fifth league defeat of the season, but Mourinho was bullish in telling the media "the buck stops with me."

"You lot (the media) always say that same thing. When we win and we play well then it happens on its own, but when we don't it is the coach's responsibility.

"Today we lost and did not play well. Today it didn't happen on its own - today I'm the one responsible" the Portuguese said on www.realmadrid.com.

Mourinho went on to once again hit out at the scheduling, claiming the fixture list had favoured rivals Barcelona, who visit Valencia tonight.

"There is one thing that has been clear for a long time and that is that there are teams that do not have any control over their schedules and the planning of the matches," said Mourinho, whose side battled out a 1-1 draw with the Catalan club in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final at the Bernabeu on Wednesday night.

"Wednesday was an important match and tremendous physical effort for both teams but one plays today and the other tomorrow. But this team had to respond in a different manner."

In a curious twist though, Jose appeared to aim criticism at some of his players' poor performance levels, in spite of them being rested in midweek:

"Some of the players who played today played on Wednesday and others didn't. There are some of them who were tired because they worked hard on Wednesday and there are others that I do not know why they were tired because they were on the bench or in the stands."

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