Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez said that his team must recover mentally from the 4-0 loss at home to Barcelona and bounce back.
Barcelona dominated Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Saturday. What made the defeat even when worse was the fact that it came in front of the Madrid fans.
“Whenever we win or lose we all have a part to play in the result,” Benitez told realmadrid.com after the game. “It hurts us a lot to lose in this manner and against a team like Barcelona. What we need now is to be united, work hard, improve and think about the upcoming game, as well as win the next three points that are up for grabs for us in La Liga to stay in the title race.
“At half time we spoke about lifting our game and finding a goal. The whole team were dying to get off to a good start and that’s what we did after the break. At the end of a match, when you lose in such a manner, there’s not much you can say. What we need to do now is get ready for the upcoming game and lift our spirits again.”
Benitez said that it came down to some mistakes, and the gameplan not working, but he dismissed any notion of his players having the wrong attitude.
“I wouldn’t say it had anything to do with attitude. We were up against a great side; we made mistakes and were made to pay for them. Marcelo’s chance at the beginning of the second half was a pivotal moment. If that had gone in we would have been back in the match. That’s what we spoke about at halftime. After that it became more and more difficult to find a way back into the game, mentally speaking. What I’m most concerned about now is getting the team to recover mentally in time for the next match”.