Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro says the team needs to be more careful in future after Los Blancos almost let a 4 goal lead slip against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday evening.
The 10-time Champions League winners, already qualified for the next stage of this season’s competition, found themselves comfortably in the lead with 77 minutes played thanks to a brace from Ronaldo and additional strikes by Luka Modric and Daniel Carvajal.
But the hosts fought back in the final minutes, scoring three goals in 10 minutes to very nearly complete a stunning comeback.
Speaking afterwards, Brazilian Casemiro said the players were happy with the win but need to be aware and close out games.
“I’m very happy with the win. We were amazing for 75 minutes; we played really well; we pressed and scored goals. They nearly turned things around at the end, we need to be more careful in future. The opposition need to be taken seriously, this is a tough ground. Shakhtar are a tricky opponent but I’m pleased with our performance during the first 75 minutes, it was incredible. We need to keep playing like that,” he commented.
Asked whether the players still had a hangover from the Barcelona defeat, Casemiro responded: “The defeat to Barcelona is in the past, we need to look ahead to the future now. We have a difficult away match coming up now. I’m here to do what Benítez tells me, he’s a great manager. We’re standing by him, the president, the fans and Real Madrid. By standing together we’re certain to win.”