Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini was left to rue “defensive errors” as his side suffered their first defeat of the season, losing 2-1 to Sevilla.
Goals from Jesus Navas and Renato either side of a Pepe equaliser gave Sevilla all three points.
“It was an even game. Sevilla are in good form and deserved to win, although we had a chance to level at the end,” Pellegrini told a press conference afterwards.
“We made a couple of errors for the goals and although Sevilla defended well, we also did some good things in attack. I worry that we have conceded two headed goals.”
Despite the defeat Pellegrini remained confident that it would not have a big impact on Madrid’s season.
He added, “At this stage of the league it is important to be at the top of the table. Sevilla are, like us, three points behind Barcelona, but what happens in the future is not decided by this.”
Madrid travelled to Sevilla without a host of players, including record signing Cristiano Ronaldo who was injured, but Pellegrini insists they should have been able to cope.
”He (Ronaldo) is an important player,” said the Madrid coach. ”But you build a team for when there are absentees. Two errors cost us the game and at the end we had the chance to equalise. Sevilla are going through a great time and they are the rightful winners.”