Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez has accepted the blame for his side’s 4-0 humbling at the hands of Barcelona, insisting that he selected the wrong starting XI for the match.
Two goals from Luis Suarez and one each for Neymar and Andres Iniesta ensured the Catalans claimed a valuable three points to move six points clear of their fierce rivals at the top of the Liga table.
And while Benitez is adamant that the entire team must be held responsible for their collapse against Luis Enrique’s side, he has revealed that he selected the wrong XI for the match.
He told reporters: “Whenever we win or lose, we all have a part in it. It hurts so much to lose against Barcelona, but we need to improve and think about the next game to get points in the league. The team’s attitude has not disappointed me. It was a good team, we made mistakes and we paid. We talked at half-time that we could get into the game but it became increasingly difficult to overcome.