Real Madrid players have lamented their 3-1 loss to arch rivals Barcelona at the Bernabeu last night with defender Sergio Ramos saying that losing to the Catalans is always more hurtful.
Speaking to the press after the loss, Ramos was also quick to offer his congratulatory remarks to Barca.
“A Clasico is always special and it always hurts more than any other game and even more so losing at home with all the enthusiasm that went into the game,” he said.
In the first half, we had a chance to make it 2-0, but we didn’t have the luck that we had in other games. They took their chances and won. They played a great game and should be congratulated.”
Also coming to terms with the loss was Madrid’s midfielder Xabi Alonso who believes that Barca’s second goal was the key turning point in the game.
“We started well in the second half but the second goal really hurt us. The third goal killed us. It’s a shame we could not hold it at 1-0 for longer,” Alonso told repoters after the match.
The midfielder however maintained that there were still many games to be played and that it is not right to rule out their title hopes just yet.
“We know there is a lot of the league left to play. Today we are not happy with the result but we’re still up there. There are many points to win and we will continue to play with a winning mentality,” he concluded.
With half the season already done, Alonso and company should know that they cannot afford to keep losing if they are to win the title. That said, Madrid superstar Ronaldo who did not have the best performance on the night, is still yet to comment on the game.
Many believe, he lost his chance to scoop the world player of the year award with his poor performance, however, it would be unfair to judge him on just a single performance.
Its still hard to know who will walk away with the La Liga, but one thing is for sure, both Madrid and Barcelona will put up a stern fight to the end.
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