Grabbing all three points from their Saturday encounter with Sevilla wasn’t an easy feat for Real Madrid, but Sergio Ramos says the goal margin should have been more than 2-0.
Second half goals from Luka Modric and Casemiro shot the 2018/19 Champions League winners to 3rd place on the LaLiga Santander table. The Spanish giants now have 36 points behind Barcelona (43) and Atletico Madrid (41).
Solari made some unexpected changes in Madrid’s first eleven; Isco and Marcelo were left on the bench while Ceballos got a start after impressing fans and management with awesome performances in their match against Real Betis. France international Karim Benzema was also selected for the match although he was nursing a broken finger.
The changes in Madrid line-up showed Solari’s decision to adopt their characteristic 4-3-3, having played with a 3-man defence in last week’s match against Real Betis.
Los Blancos had a tough start against Sevilla. In the first half, Madrid fans waited impatiently to celebrate an opener but were disappointed with the mixture of crosses, which failed to produce any goals. The only attempt was from Brazil international Vinicius, who has been a revelation since leaving South America for Spain last summer.
Sevilla found their footing later in the game, their best effort coming from Ever Banega’s pass to Sergio Escudero, who—disappointingly—struck the side netting.
Madrid’s wake-up call came after Mateu Lahoz whistled for half-time.
Speaking in a post-match interview, Ramos said: ‘We are yet to rediscover our capabilities…We need to find our best version—but it was a great game considering that we dominated every minute of the game and finished the chances we had.
‘The problem was our accuracy…It was really disappointing because we could have scored more than two goals, if we got everything right.’
The captain praised Brazilian defender Casemiro for scoring against Sevilla. ‘I haven’t seen him hit the ball like that! I’m glad he scored the opener and contributed to our victory.’
‘I’m optimistic that our training and game plan produced results…It’s just three points but that means a lot to us. We just need to keep improving because football is not always ‘fair’ in the sense that it is based on final scores.
‘…The other day, we offered our best in the Copa but got nothing. We are happy for the result today.
‘…We played a really good game—thanks to the fans who kept faith with us. We feel connected with them on the stands. I begged them for support and understanding and it was obvious that there’s a lot we can achieve together.’