Fabio Capello admits Real Madrid have to concentrate on La Liga after the Champions League exit to Bayern Munich, although the defeat has inevitably invited fresh scrutiny of the coach’s position.
A 2-1 defeat at the Allianz Arena meant Real were knocked out of the competition on away goals at the last 16 stage.
Capello admits the team must concentrate their energies on reducing Sevilla’s six-point lead at the top of the domestic table.
“There is only the league now, nothing more,” said Capello. “It is always our aim to try to win the league title.”
The Real coach felt Roy Makaay’s record-breaking goal after just 10 seconds was a key factor in Bayern’s success.
“We gave them two presents – Makaay’s goal and Van Bommel’s at the end of the first leg,” he said.
“The early goal changed the match completely. All our plans and preparation went out of the window.”
The future of Capello looks unclear after the Champions League elimination.
Spanish daily El Mundo on Thursday asked: “Will Capello be at the Nou Camp?” referring to the run-up to Saturday’s Spanish League match at Barcelona.
Real sporting director Predrag Mijatovic hardly helped Capello’s cause by initially stating Capello would be on the bench against Barcelona, but then adding that “he couldn’t say” that would actually be the case.
Mijatovic admitted he was “preoccupied” by what he had seen in Munich and that it “threw up a lot of questions.”