In the wake of El Clasico, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has echoed the sentiments of his predecessor in the Bernabeu hot seat.
Jose Mourinho once declared that he was “the father of defeat” after Los Blancos lost to their great rivals, and similarly, Ancelotti has accepted responsibility for Real’s defeat to Barcelona last weekend.
Asked by El Partido de las 12 if he is to blame for the result, due to his eccentric line-up, the Italian said: "It could be.
"In general a coach is responsible for the results of a team. When Madrid loses, the coach is the one responsible.
“All the problems which have occurred during this period must be resolved by the coach. I have a very good team, with very professional players, who are not causing any problems.
“So I can say yes [I am responsible]."
Having said that, Ancelotti insisted that he would field Sergio Ramos in midfield again, and Gareth Bale in roving attack, just like he did in an underwhelming opening stanza at the Camp Nou.
"I do not believe I made a mistake," he said.
"It is true that Sergio Ramos had not played that position with me. I talked with him before making the decision. He was happy, excited to play in that position, I do not believe he played a bad game. If the game was played again tomorrow I would do the same, given the way training went the week before."
Regarding Bale, he added: "I believe he was a good signing for Real Madrid. Bale played because in my opinion he could play and create problems for Barcelona, just for that reason. I did not put in Benzema because I did not want the opposition defence to have a clear reference point. That is why Bale started towards the left and could change positions with [Angel] Di Maria."
Meanwhile, Ancelotti has refused to add his voice to the chorus which claims the referee conspired against Madrid, by not awarding them a penalty for a foul on Cristiano Ronaldo.
"I do not speak about a robbery because I do not like to think the referee did not act in good faith," Ancelotti said.
"He made an error, like all the players can. The referee made a mistake in an important moment of the game, but I do not believe it was a robbery. Nobody from the club has spoken about a robbery."