[EL CLASICO SOUND OFF]Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, the "Special One," was the silent one after the Merengues' 2-1 win at Barcelona, but his opposite number, Barca coach Pep Guardiola, conceded La Liga title to Real Madrid. Guardiola was also forced to defend his tactics that came in for criticism from the Catalan press.
"I congratulate Real for the victory and for the league title they have won."
-- Barcelona head coachPep Guardiola, conceding La Liga title to Real Madrid.
"I do not think we’ve been inferior to Madrid. Except the two goals, (Barcelona goalkeeper Victor] Valdes has had little work."
-- Guardiola with his take on the game.
“I selected the team which I thought had the best chance to defeat Madrid and, anyway, the losers are always wrong."
-- Guardiola, defending his decision to start the game with Gerard Piqueand Cesc Fabregas on the bench.
“The league has escaped us. There are many points [to make up] and few games left."
-- Barcelona midfielderAndres Iniestaalso accepting defeat to Real.
"Cristiano Ronaldois a great player and must continue performing like this. We are accustomed to seeing him give great performances. He scored the goal that gave us the Copa del Rey title last year. He is the best player in the world."
-- Real assistant coachAitor KarankapraisingCristiano Ronaldo, who scored the winning goal in the 72nd minute. (Real Madrid head coachJose Mourinhodoes not speak to the press after La Liga matches.)
“It was an important goal but the win for the team is more important, we have four matches left and with the seven-point gap [over Barcelona] we are in a comfortable position."
-- Cristiano Ronaldo on his goal, the 42nd league goal of the season for Real Madrid and 54th in all competitions.