Real Madrid suffered a humbling 3-0 defeat in the second leg of the Copa del Rey, getting knocked out in the process, and this is what they had to say.
A Luis Suarez brace and Raphael Varane own goal saw Barca claim a 3-0 win at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday. This sealed a 4-1 aggregate success in the semi-finals for the Blaugrana. Madrid, meanwhile, know that the Champions League is now their best chance of silverware as they sit nine points behind leaders in La Liga. Their mediocre season is being attributed to the departure of their talismanic No.7, Cristiano Ronaldo. But this Real Madrid has something to say about it.
“Cannot talk about Ronaldo”
Casemiro said there was no reason to discuss Juventus’ Ronaldo once again, despite the former Madrid star’s absence being felt by the European giants.”We cannot talk about a player who is not here,” Casemiro told reporters, via AS. “A week ago we talked about [Karim] Benzema being the best nine, Vinicius, Lucas [Vazquez]…we cannot talk about Cristiano because he’s not a Madrid player.”
“We missed a goal, but the top players are doing everything very well, especially Karim, who is making his best season at Madrid.”
Casemiro also refused to blame Vinicius for the loss. The Brazilian attempting five shots in the first half against Barca but failing to find the back of the net.“Speaking only about him is unfair. He is daring, courageous and not afraid of anything,” he said. “His level is spectacular for his age.”
Solari on the result
Solari does not think their defeat to Ernesto Valverde’s side should be considered a disastrous result. “Football is a forceful game,” he said. “We applied ourselves well, with energy, but we weren’t decisive. We have been beaten with honour, but we’re sad because this is a tough blow for us to take. It isn’t a failure because it was a semi-final and we won’t be able to play in the final, so we will have to try again.”
“We had chances in the first half but also in the second too when the score was 1-0. I never thought we lost control of the game, but they scored with their first shot of the game and then got another with an own goal. We didn’t score when we had our chances and there’s nothing more to add about it.”
Real Madrid certainly miss Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese shouldered a majority of the goalscoring burden at the Spanish capital. The Royal Whites could have softened the blow by bringing in someone who can come close to matching Cristiano’s output. But the club trusted the likes of Bale, Benzema and their new recruits Vinicius and Mariano Diaz to carry the torch which has backfired. As Casemiro rightly points out, Cristiano isn’t there anymore, so people must move on. Considering all how the season has panned out, the upcoming summer transfer window will define the club’s future.