Real Madrid coach, Julen Lopetegui believes Sevilla deserved to beat the Los Blancos 3-0 away from home.
Andre Silva scored two goals in that encounter at the Sanchez Pizjuan, with the home side superior to the UCL champions.
Reflecting on the result in Seville, head coach Lopetegui told reporters: “Our problem was that Sevilla were clearly better than us, particularly in the opening stages.
“They netted twice and were very clinical early on. We were second best in the first half and in the second we were more evenly matched but we missed a couple of big chances that killed any hopes we had. It was a poor performance on our part and Sevilla are deserved winners.”
“The idea was to press high but it didn’t come off like we’d hoped and we paid for it, particularly at the beginning. It’d be opportunistic to say we didn’t prepare for the game adequately but it looks like that was the case,” continued Lopetegui, whose Madrid must pick themselves up for Saturday’s derby against Atletico Madrid.
“Neither the players nor the coach were at their best in the first half. If the goal early in the second half had stood, we would have had a chance.”