Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez says the players need to pick themselves up quickly after the defeat to Sevilla on Sunday.
Los Blancos went down 3-2 in southern Spain – their first loss in the league all season. The defeat means they are three points behind last season’s champions Barcelona going into the Clasico in two weeks time.
Sergio Ramos opened the scoring at the Sanchez Pizjuan but Sevilla hit back with three goals. Rodriguez marked his return to first team football with a goal deep into stoppage time but it was too late to salvage a point.
“When we win, we all win; and it’s the same when we lose. There’s no point talking about individual performances. We need to be in good shape for the next game though, which is against Barcelona. They’re in good form but we’re Real Madrid and it’s going to be an interesting match,” he told journalists afterwards.
Speaking about his return to first team duty, the Colombian added: “I’m happy to be playing again after spending 60 days sidelined. I felt good on the pitch and I want to help the team win matches. Sevilla really pressure teams here, they press and we also have to take into account the fact that we didn’t play well. They were good and played with intensity, which I think was the key to them winning.”