James Rodriguez has charged his Madrid teammates to look past their 3-2 defeat to Sevilla and face their upcoming task against Barcelona void of fear.
Madrid’s unbeaten run came to an end when they lost away to Sevilla, giving Barcelona the chance to go ahead by three points after they won their match against Villarreal.
Nevertheless, Rodriguez has charged his teammates to cast aside the defeat and face the oncoming onslaught that is the match against Barcelona after the international break.
“It’s easy to name names now, but when the team wins, we do it together, and when we lose, we also lose together,” he told reporters after the match. “We’ll have to see what happens and be ready for our next match.
“They’re [Barcelona] on form, but we have nothing to fear, we’re Real Madrid. It’s going to be an interesting match.
“I felt good [coming on against Sevilla]. I hadn’t played for 60 days. I want to contribute and help the team win.”
Rodriguez has been called up for Colombia’s 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Argentina.
And, despite previous disputes between his club and country over his fitness levels, the playmaker has indicated he is ready to play in the upcoming internationals.
“I’ll be there with them [Colombia],” the 24-year-old confirmed.