Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Barcelona coach Valverde warns: Real Madrid have the competitive gene

Barcelona coach Valverde warns: Real Madrid have the competitive gene

DF Dani Carvajal, 6 - Totally lacking his usual drive and energy from right-back - a sign that Madrid have not really returned from the winter break. or maybe not yet started their 2018-19 season.

Modric said Santiago Solari's side are not performing well this campaign because some Madrid players are not putting in their best for the club.

Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari was left fuming and questioning the point of the video assistant referee (VAR) in La Liga, after his side were not awarded what looked a clear penalty during their shock 2-0 loss at home to Real Sociedad yesterday morning (Singapore time).

According to Modric, Madrid's problems this term are not normal, adding that the Champions League holders are missing lots of goals this season.

Much of Madrid's struggles have been attributed to the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, as they have only managed 26 goals in 18 games.

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They are now fifth after losing at home to a team who had been beaten in each of their last four games A 53,412 crowd (at the 81,000-capacity Bernabeu) will be an issue for club president Florentino Perez, who had to suffer a few chants for his resignation after Real Sociedad's second goal. "I've always defended the VAR system, but it has to be improved because what we've seen was scandalous".

Rulli was not needed then but he would be, many times. We must take more responsibility.

"We can't keep cocking up like this in every game."
You have to avoid it in the future. We can't blame the referee for the result, although he had a defining role, but we've also got to look at ourselves.

Luka Modric, meanwhile, sought to play down the pressure on Solari, telling AS: "VAR is not something we can think about as players, maybe it is unusual we have not received a penalty but that is the way football is". "We have to speak clearly and say it how it is". The ball isn't going in and we have to see why.

Madrid were reduced to 10 men in the second half after Lucas Vazquez was shown a second yellow card but by then they already trailed to Willian Jose's early penalty.

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