Given that Real Madrid failed to find the net in El Clasico, Captain Sergio Ramos ultimately had few complaints about the defeat.
Concise News reports that for the second time this week, the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu watched Barcelona come to town and leave with a win, this time thanks to a lone goal from Ivan Rakitic. And Ramos explains that ‘things get away from you if you can’t score’.
“It isn’t a nightmare for us, but it is true that the other day we couldn’t convert our chances despite dominating and football is about goals,” Ramos says.
“They were more effective than us and football is decided by goals.
“All we can do is congratulate them because, despite dominating the games, it hasn’t been enough.
“They were two intense games with a very high level of effort from us, but there are no excuses.
“We had our chances, but when you don’t score goals things will get away from you.”
Real Madrid will keep fighting for title
Furthermore, the captain did almost admit that La Liga Santander is likely now beyond Los Blancos, who can now turn their attention to the Champions League.
“Obviously it is a very important step for them and it is a pity for us, but we will still keep fighting until the end,” he adds.
“We have a new final on Wednesday [against Ajax] and we will give everything, both in Europe and in the league.”
In the same vein, Real Madrid goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois made clear his frustrations with his team having not been able to score in either of the two recent clashes with Barcelona.
The former Chelsea shot-stopper was called into action early on in the first half, being forced to make a smart save low to his right from a Luis Suarez shot, but he was no match for the Rakitic’s ingenuity.
With his teammates unable to score at the other end, that means another defeat for Los Blancos.
“To win these games you have to score, but we’ve lacked that in both matches,” he admits in the mixed zone.
“We weren’t able to make that final pass.
“They also saved clear chances, the ball didn’t want to go in.”
With Los Blancos now 12 points behind Barcelona in the La Liga Santander standings, it would appear that the club’s best chance of success would be winning the Champions League once again.
“In the league, you have to continue playing well, and fighting until the end,” he states.
“Obviously, you have to give everything in the Champions League.
“Hopefully we’ll score goals in order to continue in that competition.”
Ajax visits the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday, hoping to overturn a 2-1 deficit from the first leg, and Courtois feels as though the Dutch side will approach the clash in a similar way to how Barcelona did on Saturday evening.
“It will similar to the first leg, they played very well,” he adds.
“They aren’t going to change much at the Bernabeu, they’re a team that plays very well.
“They are not afraid to play with the ball, a bit like Barcelona, but hopefully we will be strong and (we’ll) qualify.”