Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos says the players need to be more united than ever after the loss to Atletico de Madrid.
The defeat, courtesy of an Antoinne Griezmann goal in the second half, means Los Blancos are out of the title races and have all their eggs in the Champions League basket now.
Losing to a rival is never easy but facing Atletico seems to be becoming a serious issue for Real, who have lost three league games in a row at home to Diego Simeone’s side and are without a win in La Liga against them since 2013. Los Colchoneros have avoided defeat in 11 of their last 12 encounters with the 10-time Champions League winners.
In quotes published on the official club website, Ramos said playing for Real means having a high level of commitment, pride and unity and the team needs to show that now more than ever.
He said: “If this badge and this institution stand for something, it is values, pride, heart and in that regard, this is when we must be the most united and believe that something can still be achieved. My DNA is to do as well as possible and my teammates think like me. Nobody goes out on the pitch aiming to do badly and we all like to win because that is when people are happiest.”
He added: “At the end of the day, everyone tries to perform at their maximum level and as captain I feel proud of every single teammate. We all try to help in the best way possible and sometimes things to do not turn out well. The idea is to be united. The season is still wide open, we have the Champions League ahead of us and La Liga is still not over.”