We cannot talk about Cristiano Ronaldo because he's not a Real Madrid player- Casemiro
Written by: Neelav Chakravarti
The Los Blancos created a host of chances, but lack of a goalscorer and the presence of Marc-André ter Stegen won the game for their arch-rivals.
The road to a possible treble is still open for Ernesto Valverde and Barcelona. While the gates have closed for Real Madrid after a 0-3 rout at the hands of the Catalan outfit in Copa Del Rey second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu. After the loss, one thing was clear that Real Madrid don't have a goal scorer this season.
After dominating the entire game in every aspect, the capital club couldn't handle the pressure put in by a resurgent Luis Suarez. After the match, Casemiro was asked if his team missed Cristiano Ronaldo, to which he replied, "We cannot talk about a player who is not here."
Madrid's performance proved that Cristiano Ronaldo is missed. The Portuguese who departed for Juventus after last season, scored a bulk of Los Blancos' goals during his tenure in Spain. Against Barcelona, Real Madrid created a host of chances, but the lack of a goalscorer and the presence of Marc-André ter Stegen won the game for their arch-rivals. Also, Suarez put in an amazing performance, covering up a silent display by Lionel Messi.
The Brazilian defensive midfielder said, "A week ago we talked about [Karim] Benzema being the best nine, Vinicius, Lucas [Vazquez]...we cannot talk about Cristiano because he's not a Madrid player. We missed a goal, but the top players are doing everything very well, especially Karim, who is making his best season at Madrid."
Also gaffer Santiago Solari praised his side after the defeat, stating, "We have been beaten with honour, but we're sad because this is a tough blow for us to take. It isn't a failure because it was a semi-final and we won't be able to play in the final, so we will have to try again."
Also, Madrid youngsters Vinicius Junior and Sergio Reguilón put in excellent displays against Barcelona, but the absence of a goalscorer meant that the chances created weren't converted.
Published: Thu Feb 28, 2019 01:09 PM IST