Sevilla - Real Madrid

Benítez: "We played 30 really good minutes and then couldn't keep that going"

NEWS | 08/11/2015 | Alberto Navarro (Seville) | PHOTOGRAPHER: Ángel Martínez

"We should have killed off Sevilla in the first half, and we didn't", he explained.
Real Madrid coach Rafa Benítez assessed the match at the Sánchez Pizjuán: "We played 30 really good minutes, we had real control in all areas and then we allowed them to score from a dead ball, and that affected us. They made the most of mistakes by us to get the third goal and we scored a second at the end, but it wasn't enough. For a lot of the first half we saw a really good Real Madrid performance, and in the second half we couldn't keep that going".

"We lacked the ability to manage the situation. The match seemed to be under control, and with their first goal they regained confidence and our mistakes allowed them to get stronger. We should have killed off Sevilla in that first half, and we didn't. It's difficult to react at 3-1 down".

James Rodríguez and the injury to Sergio Ramos
"James is a fantastic player with quality in the final third, but he still has work to do to get himself back to top speed. On Ramos' injury, I wouldn't say that it was pivotal because [Raphael] Varane had been doing very well and did well, but it forced our hand on one of the substitutions available to us during the game".

The Clásico
"We'll be getting players back; we have 10 or 15 days for them to be back in the best possible condition and a game of this magnitude is always different. Hopefully the team will go into it in good shape".