Real Madrid coach, Julen Lopetegui, admitted that Sevilla were just on another level to his side following a shock 3-0 loss.
The Los Blancos were toothless in a dispirited display that they will hope is a blip rather than a sign of things to come.
Andre Silva scored twice for Sevilla before Wissam Ben-Yedder completed Madrid’s misery with a third goal.
Reacting to the defeat, Real Madrid coach, Lopetegui said: “They netted twice and were very clinical early on. We were second best in the first half and in the second we were more evenly matched but we missed a couple of big chances that killed any hopes we had. It was a poor performance on our part and Sevilla are deserved winners.”
Any hopes of a Real Madrid comeback were dashed after Luka Modric’s goal was disallowed by VAR
“The idea was to press high but it didn’t come off like we’d hoped and we paid for it, particularly at the beginning. It’d be opportunistic to say we didn’t prepare for the game adequately but it looks like that was the case,”
“Neither the players nor the coach were at their best in the first half. If the goal early in the second half had stood, we would have had a chance.”
The loss will be extra disappointing to Madrid as it was a chance to leapfrog Barcelona into top spot after the Catalan club also suffered a shock defeat of their own to Leganes.
Lopetegui is still hopeful, however,
“The league is a marathon and will pose real challenges,” Lopetegui said. “We need to prepare for the next game well.
“This kind of thing happens in LaLiga and it will happen again, now we have to prepare for an important, challenging game at home in the next three days. Tomorrow we will get up and prepare for the next game as best we can.”