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Football

Sad Ron = Bad Madrid
Agencies
Madrid, September 16, 2012
First Published: 22:54 IST(16/9/2012)
Last Updated: 01:19 IST(17/9/2012)

Real Madrid slumped to a 1-0 defeat at Sevilla on Saturday as Jose Mourinho's defending champions suffered a second defeat in four matches, their worst start to a La Liga season in over a decade.

Piotr Trochowski got the only goal for Sevilla as Real's haul of just four points so far condemned the Spanish giants to their most damaging opening since the 2001-02 season.

Real are also eight points behind rivals Barcelona who won 4-1 at Getafe to retain their 100% record.

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Cristiano Ronaldo, who was the centre of attention in the build-up to the game after claiming he was unhappy in the Spanish capital, produced two saves from Andres Palop on 10 minutes and another from a tight angle before half-time.

"I don't have a team"
Jose Mourinho slammed his Real Madrid champions on Sunday after a 1-0 loss at Sevilla condemned them to their worst La Liga start in a decade, claiming he wanted to replace seven players at half-time.

Trochowski's second-minute goal gave Sevilla victory as Real's haul of just four points from four games represented the Spanish giants' most damaging opening since the 2001-02 season. "I changed only two players at half-time, I wanted to change seven of them," said Mourinho. "What worries me more than the eight-point difference between us and Barca is that I don't have a team at the moment."

But Mourinho insisted that the turmoil surrounding the Portuguese star was not a factor in Saturday's defeat, his team's second of the season.

"I don't think it has affected us. We played a similar game at Getafe and against Granada," said the manager.


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