Real Madrid lose to Sporting Gijon ahead of Tottenham clash

04 April 2011 01:31
Jose Mourinho suffered the worst possible result before Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final when he lost his unbeaten run of 150 homeleague games and all but conceded the Spanish title.

The only consolation for Real Madrid fans was their coach hinting Cristiano Ronaldo WILL  play against Tottenham on Tuesday.

No way, Jose: Mourinho suffered his first home league defeat for nine years at the hands of Sporting Gijon

'Ronaldo can play only if we take a risk,' said Mourinho. 'The medical staff have told me he should come back on Saturday against Bilbao. Iif he decides he wants to take a risk and Ii decide he should take a risk, then we can go past the medical advice and he will play.'

It seems certain Ronaldo will return after this dismal performance, though Mourinho was less optimistic about in-form striker Karim Benzema.

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Mourinho said: 'The medical staff have told me that while can't play until the weekend and Marcelo also has to be out until the weekend, Benzema could even be out until the return leg against Tottenham.'

Benzema will be sorely missed in attack. Emmanuel Adebayor stepped in and missed chance after chance as Real blew their slim title hopes.

Delight: Sporting Gijon's midfielder Miguel de las Cuevas celebrates his winner

'While it's still mathematically possible, you have to say it's practically impossible now,' said Mourinho after Miguel de las Cuevas gave Sporting Gijon a 1-0 win.

Mourinho went into Sporting's dressing room after the game to congratulate their players and said: 'You can lose with dignity and we did that. The players have no reason to be distraught. Luck is part of the game and they had all the luck. Against Tottenham it will be very a different.'

The defeat was masterminded by Manuel Preciado, who called Mourinho a 'swine and a bad professional' when the two coaches clashed after Mourinho said Gijon had fielded a weakened team against Barcelona.

Off target: Former Real Madrid star Ronaldo shoots at goal prior to the game's kick-off

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