Julen Lopetegui Criticises Real Madrid Players Following Sevilla Loss

Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui hits out at his players following their harrowing defeat at the hands of Sevilla in the La Liga.

The defeat came on the eve of the Madrid derby which is due to be held on this Sunday and Loptegui must have taken some note from this game. Sevilla drew the first blood through Andre Silva at the stroke of the 17th minute. The Portuguese international then doubled the lead four minutes later and Wissam Ben Yedder completed the proceedings in the 39th minute to give the home side a thumping win at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium.

Madrid did manage to pull one back but VAR disallowed Luka Modric’s goal as the player appeared to be offside. Loptegui said, “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.”

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