Jose Mourinho insists he has no intention of quitting as Real Madrid coach and does not fear for his job in the wake of tonight's defeat to Malaga.
The Primera Division season has not even reached its winter break and Madrid's title defence looks to be in tatters with Mourinho's men now 16 points behind runaway leaders Barcelona following another hugely disappointing night for the champions.
Barca extended their lead earlier in the night with a 3-1 win at Real Valladolid and Madrid were unable to react as they slumped to a 3-2 loss at fourth-placed Malaga.
That was Madrid's fourth league defeat of the campaign and seventh in all competitions this season, which is already more than they suffered in the whole of the last campaign and has seen the pressure build on coach Mourinho.
However, the Portuguese, who took the surprise decision to omit club captain Iker Casillas from his starting line-up tonight, was in defiant mood when asked whether he had considered stepping down.
He told reporters at the post-match press conference: "Neither before, during or after the game have I thought about resigning.
"I don't fear for my position. This is football. I'm not a child, nor have I been here for a couple of days. Coaches know that football has no memory and only takes into account what was done today and not what was done yesterday.
"It doesn't take into account what titles you've won, nor the work you've done, it's all about the now."