By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Madrid fell to their third defeat of the season at the Estadio Benito Villamarín as a Benat Etxebarria goal was enough to grant the home side the win.
Betis demonstrated great spirit and defended fiercely although they were also somewhat lucky as Karim Benzema appeared to have a goal wrongly disallowed for offside, and they also came out clean after Kaka made a strong case for handball within the penalty area during extra time.
Benzema appeared to be onside when Xabi Alonso took the free-kick from the left and Mourinho was upset that the ex-Lyon striker's goal was chalked off the scoreline. He also took umbrage at several other contentiious decisions taken by referee Jesús Gil, who is also notably the youngest official within the La Liga. The raucous home support, according to him, could have also influenced the nature of the decisions in the game.
"After a difficult week and some conflict with his players, the Betis fans have helped [coach Pepe Mel's] team win," Mourinho was said to have concluded to reporters after the match.
"I've congratulated the Betis players because they left everything on the pitch and fought with a spirit of sacrifice.
"[The referee] was hugely at fault for a wrongly disallowed Benzema goal and a clear penalty in the closing minutes. But [Betis] deserve my respect because they outplayed Real Madrid."
Mourinho was also critical of his team's performance within the game although he also pointed out that playing just three days after their recent Champions League fixture was not an ideal situation. He even seemed to suggest that a conspiracy was afoot as the situation is not the same for Barcelona who have an added two days of rest.
"I try to be fair and objective, and when my team lose, I do not seek excuses or blame other things," he explained.
"Obviously a team that played on Wednesday should not have to play today. Obviously there are other teams that have control of the match calendar, which we don't have, but we are talking about top professionals and you have to take into account mental toughness, ambition and spirit.
"A player of 23 or 24 years should be able to play two games in four days. As always, because I speak out, and I'm the only one who has spoken out, I'll be the bad guy."
"When we win, we all win, but when we lose, the coach loses. Why is it my fault?
And he would not be drawn into the debate on whether Madrid wouldbe too far behind should Barca open up a 11-point gap on Monday morning.
"It's possible that we could finish this year 11, 13 or nine points behind Barcelona.
"The Liga race is still open but we're neither optimistic nor pessimistic.
"I can't focus on a single competition."
Madrid will next participate in the Copa del Rey where they face Alcoyano for the second leg in the competition's Round of 32. The side from the capital boast a 4-1 lead ahead of the fixture at the Santiago Bernabeu.