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Real Madrid's Jose Mourinho wasn't to blame for Clasico defeat against Barcelona, says Sevilla's Marcelino Garcia Torral

Sevilla trainer Marcelino has jumped in defence of Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, stating that the Portuguese is not to blame for the 1-3 defeat against Barcelona in the Clasico.

The Catalans managed to recover after they were pegged back by an early Karim Benzema goal, and went on to win the game, courtesy of strikes by Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas either side of an own goal by defender Marcelo.

The 46-year-old Marcelino commented that the Brazilian's mistake was a turning point after which the scales were tipped in Barcelona's favour.

When asked by AS whether the defeat was Mourinho's fault, the coach said:

"I think not. The game was evenly matched until a point, but then was decided by a rival's superiority over the other.

"Barca's second goal, and especially the manner in which it happened, was a very hard moral blow."

The trainer reserved special praise for 'The Special One', hailing his impact at Real Madrid.

"He [Mourinho] is a great coach, who has done very well in La Liga. He has enabled Madrid to compete with the current Barcelona, which is no mean feat."

Sevilla host Real Madrid on Saturday at the Sanchez Pizjuan on Saturday.

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