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Santiago Solari talks about losing with honour as he tastes the first El Clasico defeat as a manager.

 The Real Madrid boss believes his side was in control of the game but the lack of decisiveness cost the spot in the Copa Del Rey Final. 

Published By: Dalipinder Singh Sandhu (Bliss)

The second leg of Spanish Copa Del Rey semifinal witnessed FC Barcelona defeating Real Madrid CF by 3-0 in Estadio Santiago Bernabeu as the Catalan side advanced to the Final by 4-1 aggregate.

However, the scoreline doesn’t do justice to the momentum of the game which saw the Madrid side dominating for the whole game. Many believe that the hosts had a couple of good chances to finish the game but the lack of ability to finish came to haunt them later on. Luis Suarez grabbed a brace by scoring the opening goal at the 50th minute of the game. He later went on to win a penalty in the 73rd minute and converted it successfully by chipping it past Keylor Navas. Raphael Varane also registered his name on the scoresheet as he, unfortunately, scored an own goal at the 69th minute of the game.

Santiago Solari, the manager of Real Madrid claimed that his side lost the match but did so with honor.

“Football is a forceful game. We applied ourselves well, with energy, but we weren’t decisive. We have fallen with honour but we’re sad because this is a tough blow for us to take.”

The loss now means that Real Madrid is now only pursuing two trophies this season, LaLiga and Champions League.

“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.”

Even though Real Madrid created several chances, the coach believed the lack of finishing cost his side the spot in the Copa Del Rey final.

“We had chances in the first half but also in the second too when the score was 1-0. I never thought we lost control of the game, but they scored with their first shot of the game and then got another with an own goal. We didn’t score when we had our chances and there’s nothing more to add about it.”

Now, Real Madrid and Barcelona are all set to face each other yet again on Saturday at Santiago Bernabeu for the Spanish LaLiga match. The kick-off is scheduled for 20:45. The match will be telecasted live via the official broadcasting partners of LaLiga. Barcelona currently leads the table with 57 points and Real Madrid sits on 3rd position with 48 points.

 

 

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