Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas acknowledged that he and his team-mates must take responsibility for Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Getafe, but insisted that Los Blancos can recover from a difficult start to the season.
Madrid had looked in control after Gonzalo Higuain’s early opener, but lost their focus and conceded second half goals to Juan Valera and Abdel Barrera. The result leaves the reigning La Liga champions with only one point from their first two games, five points adrift of rivals Barcelona.
The result left Jose Mourinho fuming and the Madrid boss pointed the finger of blame directly at his players, describing their performance as “horrible” and saying he did not want to speak to them after the game.
Casillas accepted the criticism, but was also keen to point out that Real had dropped points early last season (at Levante and Racing Santander) before roaring back to win the title. “Last season we had two stumbles in a row and we lifted ourselves back up,” he said. “To be five points off the top is not a good start. Nobody expected this. We have to look at what we are not doing well.
“The dead ball situation is a reality. We did not know how to defend. We cannot allow it because it is costing us points and games. There are collective and individual errors. I agree with the ‘mister’ (Mourinho).”
Goalscorer Higuain said his team had to demonstrate the mettle they showed to bounce back last season. “We will try and turn things around,” the Argentine said. “We have been in this situation before and we did that. It is the time to show why we were champions.”
Madrid’s first chance to bounce back comes on Wednesday at the Bernabeu, where they host Barcelona in the Spanish Supercopa decider with the Catalans holding a narrow 3-2 advantage from the first leg.
“The Supercopa brings us an opportunity to try and forget these three games,” Casillas said. “To beat Barcelona to a title always tastes good for Madrid fans. We want to redeem ourselves.”