Real Madrid coach Jose Antonio Camacho has taken responsibility for his team’s 3-0 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen in last night’s Champions League opener.
“I take responsibility for this because I was obviously not able to make sure my players approached this game with the right attitude,” said Camacho.
Real looked out of sorts despite from the outset and their cause wasnpot helped by the loss of Zinedine Zidane on the stroke of half-time after the former French international dislocated a shoulder.
“We were outplayed for 60 minutes,” said Camacho.
“Only in the last 30 minutes did we manage to put them under pressure. Leverkusen played with plenty of enthusiasm. They were clearly the better team.”
Leverkusen captain Carsten Ramelow said facing such prestigious opponents had helped Leverkusen raise their game.
“Just the name Real Madrid was a motivation,” said Ramelow, who played in the 2002 final.
“Our victory is well deserved and so is the winning margin,” he added.