Mourinho makes tiredness excuse

With Real seven points behind champions Barcelona, their title challenge appears to be in tatters after going down to defeat in Pamplona.

The Portuguese said: “Playing nine matches in a month is not a problem for players who are used to it. They are not used to it due to bad lack or circumstances but the fatigue is not physical because players of this calibre are ready to play a match every two days. From a psychological point of view it takes more getting used to.”