LaLiga matchday 6
The midweek games are back and apparently FC Barcelona and Real Madrid were not really up to the challenge. Both clubs were defeated away from home and fell apart on top of LaLiga.
FC Barcelona lost at Leganes 2-1 where Leo Messi was very quite in this game. Meanwhile Sevilla FC outplayed Real Madrid 3-0. The first 45 minutes were terrible for Real as the team conceded three goals.
FC Barcelona, coach Valverde, on the loss:
“it’s not a result that can be explained. We need to expect that things like this can happen and we have to be ready to turn things around when they get difficult.
We found it hard to create chances, and they shut up shop at the back. It’s not an easy moment. We weren’t expecting this.
But we have another important game on Saturday in front of our fans. We have to pick ourselves up and we’ll need everyone’s help to do that.
We need full confidence in the whole squad. You can’t play a full season with just eleven players.”
Real Madrid, coach Lopetegui on the non-existent first half:
“Our problem was that Sevilla were clearly better than us, particularly in the opening stages. They netted twice and were very clinical early on.
We were second best in the first half and in the second we were more evenly matched but we missed a couple of big chances that killed any hopes we had. It was a poor performance on our part and Sevilla are deserved winners”.
The idea was to press high but it didn’t come off like we’d hoped and we paid for it, particularly at the beginning. It’d be opportunistic to say we didn’t prepare for the game adequately but it looks like that was the case.
Neither the players nor the coach were at their best in the first half. If the goal early in the second half had stood, we would have had a chance”.