Julen Lopetegui accepts that his Real Madrid side were beaten by a better team on Wednesday night after Sevilla picked them apart 3-0 at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
“Sevilla were far superior and they deserved to win,” he said. “We weren’t as we would have liked and we paid in the first half by letting in quick goals. Later, in the second half we matched them and after that we hoped that if we scored, we could get back into the game and we did score, but the goal didn’t count on the scoreboard. Then, we missed chances and we couldn’t mount a comeback.”
FIFA’s The Best ceremony took place on Monday night with Luka Modric, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Thibaut Courtois and Marcelo all picking up various awards in London. The travelling can not be used as an excuse according to Lopetegui though.
“It’s clear that the circumstances occurred, but it would be opportunistic to blame this,” Lopetegui said when asked if the gala might have had an affect. “We lost the game because we weren’t good, the manager neither. I think that if the goal had of been given, it would have given us options and after that, we had bad luck with ten players.”
Marcelo came off injured with 15 minutes to play and was not replaced after Real Madrid had used all of their substitutes in an effort to claw their way back into the game. Lopetegui says it looks like it could be a tear as his availability for the Madrid derby looks doubtful.
“It seems as though Marcelo has a tear but we will wait until tomorrow to see,” Lopetegui said.
Marcelo said it is a “pain in the calf” as Real Madrid face into a potential injury crisis just two months into the season.
Dani Carvajal remains out and his status is up in the air for the Atletico Madrid game on Saturday. Meanwhile, Alvaro Odriozola missed out on the squad after taking a knock in training on Monday and did not recover in time to make the bench on Wednesday night. It could leave Lopetegui with just one fit full-back in Nacho, who is technically a central defender by trade.
Lopetegui says they will prepare for the Madrid derby like every other game though.
“When we win, we prepare for the next game with as normal and we will do the same in this case,” he said. “In the league, these things happen and they will happen to ever team. In three days, we have a demanding game and we will lift ourselves up and prepare for it with maximum intensity.”