The Asian Age

Casil­las slams team for loss

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Madris, Sept. 1: Real Madrid cap­tain Iker Casil­las slammed his side’s per­for­mance after they let a two- goal lead slip to lose 4- 2 at Real So­ciedad on Sun­day.

“What hap­pened was very un­usual, es­pe­cially after the first 15 min­utes. After that ev­ery­thing was neg­a­tive, we were hor­ri­ble in ev­ery facet,” he said.

“We can’t lose a game in this way. We have to ac­cept the de­feat and the crit­i­cism and learn from what hap­pened to­day,” he added.

Real looked well on course for vic­tory in San Se­bas­tian thanks to early strikes from Ser­gio Ramos and Gareth Bale.

How­ever, So­ciedad were level be­fore the break as Inigo Martinez made the most of some slack Madrid mark­ing from a cor­ner be­fore David Zu­ru­tuza bul­leted home a header from Al­berto de la Bella’s cross.

And there was more of the same to come in the sec­ond- half as Zu­ru­tuza put So­ciedad in front be­fore Car­los Vela rounded off the scor­ing.

“We have started the sea­son and it is clear that we need to cor­rect a lot of things,” added Casil­las.

“We need to keep go­ing be­cause we are wear­ing a very im­por­tant crest on our shirts and that is not the ex­am­ple to show to the world,” he added.

The vis­i­tors were with­out the in­jured Cris­tiano Ron­aldo and de­parted An­gel di Maria and Xabi Alonso after they joined Manch­ester United and Bay­ern Mu­nich re­spec­tively in the past week.

How­ever, boss Carlo Ancelotti re­fused to blame their ab­sence for the de­feat and in­stead ques­tioned the at­ti­tude of his play­ers.

“I didn’t like this de­feat be­cause I think some­times you can play a bad game, but as a team like Real Madrid when you are win­ning 2- 0 you have to show the right at­ti­tude and that is my re­spon­si­bil­ity, “said the Ital­ian.

“I don't think it is a prob­lem of one or two play­ers. It is the whole team who lost after a very good first half hour,” Ancelotti added.

 ?? — AFP ?? Real Madrid’s Marcelo ges­tures dur­ing their La Liga match against Real So­ciedad at the Anoeta Sta­dium in San Se­bas­tian on Sun­day. Madrid lost 2- 4.
— AFP Real Madrid’s Marcelo ges­tures dur­ing their La Liga match against Real So­ciedad at the Anoeta Sta­dium in San Se­bas­tian on Sun­day. Madrid lost 2- 4.

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