Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho could not hide his disappointment at going down to Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals, putting the blame on his defense for helping Robert Lewandowski achieve a remarkable scoring feat.
The Poland international hit all of his side's goals in a dominant 4-1 victory at Signal Iduna Park, becoming the first man to reach such a tally in a single semifinal match during either the European Cup or Champions League eras. The win leaves Dortmund on the verge of reaching the final, although Madrid will have the chance for revenge next week on home soil.
Speaking after the match, the Portuguese trainer was irritated with his backline, slamming them for failing to control Lewandowski even though they knew what to expect from the striker.
"We know everything about Lewandowski, absolutely everything, we studied him from every detail possible and we lose him in three goals - i don't talk about the penalty - where we know exactly what he does," Mourinho explained in the post-match press conference.
"It's of course very disappointing. When I lose and I don't deserve to lose, for me it's a drama, when I lose and I deserve to lose, it's a situation I don't accept."
While careful not to take away merit from Dortmund, which he described as "by far the best team," Jose was frank as he described his side's failings on what was the biggest game of its season so far.
"We prepared the game as well as we do always but also in the semifinals we were ready for everything, we were very confident about the work we did," he added.
"I think many of the boys did not have a good night, and this is exactly when you can't make mistakes because at club level this is the second most important night in the world of football."
Mourinho and Madrid will attempt to make amends for the defeat this coming Tuesday, when they host Dortmund in the Santiago Bernabeu needing at least three goals.